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Many find Appreciative Inquiry transformative — changing the way our mind perceives the world. Choose one of these appreciative practices and try it once a day for a week. At the end of the week ask yourself, “How do I see the world differently?” Then continue the practice for two weeks. · Read more →
A friend keeps his fan mail to read when he’s in one of life’s down cycles. He reminded me when I was discouraged during a recent project we worked on together. · Read more →
From Tim Sanders: In all of our lives, we get ‘fan mail’. Just think of it as written positive feedback: Thanks, you-made-a-difference, I’m influenced by your work, you are a good friend/colleague, etc. It trickles into our Inbox, sometimes in handwritten (classy) thank-you card format or even voice mails. What do you do with them? I suggest you collect them, and read/answer them as a therapeutic exercise.
by David Cooperrider: This chapter orginally appeared in the 1990 edition of Appreciative Management and Leadership book edited by Srivastva and Cooperrider. This groundbreaking chapter is one of the classic articles discussing the theories around positive change in organizations. It discusses the power of positive imagery, the placebo effect in medicine, the pygmalion effect in education and human development, the relationship between positive-negative discourse in health, the balance of internal dialogue to emotional health, the effects of positive images on culture and the implications for management creating a theory of the affirmative organization.
“In the Babemba tribe of South Africa, when a person acts irresponsibly or unjustly, he is placed in the center of the village, alone and unfettered. All work ceases, and every man, woman and child in the village gathers in a large circle around the accused. Then each person in the tribe, regardless of age, · Read more →
The purpose of this assignment is to help you be aware of the world around you and the world within you in an appreciative way. Choose a 24 hour period in which to focus your attention. · Read more →
What if change brought energy, excitement and possibility to your company? Appreciative Inquiry is a process that helps you ask “what’s working around here?” You explore what gives life to human systems when they function at their best. From the best of what is and has been, you create the possible future — “what could be.” · Read more →