The Power of Appreciative Inquiry: A Practical Guide to Positive Change / Edition 2

The Power of Appreciative Inquiry: A Practical Guide to Positive Change / Edition 2

by Diana Whitney, Amanda Trosten-Bloom
     
 

NEW EDITION, REVISED AND UPDATED

The Authoritative Guide to Strength-Based Change

The Power of Appreciative Inquiry describes the internationally embraced approach to organizational change that dramatically improves performance by engaging people to study, discuss, and build upon what’s working – strengths – rather than trying to

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NEW EDITION, REVISED AND UPDATED

The Authoritative Guide to Strength-Based Change

The Power of Appreciative Inquiry describes the internationally embraced approach to organizational change that dramatically improves performance by engaging people to study, discuss, and build upon what’s working – strengths – rather than trying to fix what’s not. Diana Whitney and Amanda Trosten-Bloom, pioneers in the development and practice of Appreciative Inquiry (AI), provide a menu of eight results-oriented applications, along with case examples from a wide range of organizations to illustrate Appreciative Inquiry in action. A how-to book, this is the most authoritative and accessible guide to the newest ideas and practices in the field of Appreciative Inquiry since its inception in 1985.

The second edition includes new examples, tools, and tips for using AI to create an enduring capacity for positive change, along with a totally new chapter on award-winning community applications of Appreciative Inquiry.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781605093284
Publisher:
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/08/2010
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
396,237
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Diana Whitney, Ph.D. is the president and founder, along with David Cooperrider, of the Corporation for Positive Change—an international center for Appreciative Inquiry education and consultation. Her clients have included British Airways, Cap Gemini Ernst and Young, the Department of Labor, Hunter-Douglas Window Fashions, GE Capital, GlaxoSmithKline, GTE (now Verizon), Johnson & Johnson, NY Power Authority, PECO, and Sandia National Labs.

Amanda Trosten-Bloom is Director of Consulting Services for Corporation for Positive Change. She is a member of the Global Council for Appreciative Inquiry Consulting. Her clients have included Accenture, Front Range Community College, Hunter-Douglas Window Fashions, the Iliff School of Theology, McDATA Corporation, Providian Financial Services, SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories, and the University of California at Berkeley.

Table of Contents

Tables, Figures, Exhibits vii

Foreword ix

Preface xvii

Acknowledgments xix

Chapter 1 What is Appreciative Inquiry? 1

Chapter 2 A Menu of Approaches to Appreciative Inquiry 23

Chapter 3 Eight Principles of Appreciative Inquiry 49

Chapter 4 Appreciative Inquiry in Action: From Origins to Current Practice 77

Chapter 5 Getting Started with Appreciative Inquiry 99

Chapter 6 Affirmative Topic Choice 127

Chapter 7 Discovery: Appreciative Interviews and More 143

Chapter 8 Dream: Visions and Voices of the future 177

Chapter 9 Design: Giving Form to Values and Ideals 197

Chapter 10 Destiny: Inspired Action and Improvisation 219

Chapter 11 Appreciative Inquiry: A Process for Community Planning 245

Chapter 12 Why Appreciative Inquiry Works 265

Notes 285

Index 291

About the Authors 303

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