Had a fascinating intro to Appreciative Inquiry today. I’d not heard of it before this morning’s meeting, but it sounds super duper to me, right up my street. Let’s have a summary of it shall we.
Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a way of being and seeing. It is both a worldview and a process for facilitating positive change in human systems, e.g., organizations, groups, and communities. Its assumption is simple: Every human system has something that works right–things that give it life when it is vital, effective, and successful. AI begins by identifying this positive core and connecting to it in ways that heighten energy, sharpen vision, and inspire action for change. As AI consultant Bernard J. Mohr says, “Problems get replaced with innovation as conversations increasingly shift toward uncovering the organization’s (or group’s, or community’s) positive core.”
The Center for Appreciative Inquiry
Great to see this kind of attitude infiltrating the corporate world.
Want to know more?
The Power of Appreciative Inquiry – A Practical Guide to Positive Change
The words Management Speak spring to mind…
Let me guess…did this originate in the States by any chance? On a notorious “team building” exercise no doubt…psssh.