ACDelco Radiators & Heating Components 100 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shop Men's Watches Cloud Drive Photos nav_sap_plcc_6M_fly_beacon Janet Jackson belkin All-New Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote Grocery Introducing Handmade Create an Amazon Wedding Registry Amazon Gift Card Offer wdftv wdftv wdftv  Amazon Echo Starting at $49.99 Kindle Voyage Nintendo Digital Games Shop Now Learn more

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Appreciative Inquiry Handbook: The First in a Series of AI Workbooks for Leaders of Change 1st Edition

13 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1576752692
ISBN-10: 1576752690
Why is ISBN important?
This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.
Scan an ISBN with your phone
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
More Buying Choices
11 New from $23.94 22 Used from $6.48 1 Collectible from $25.00

There is a newer edition of this item:

Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student

Save Up to 90% on Textbooks Textbooks

Editorial Reviews


"Appreciative Inquiry gets much better results than seeking out and solving problems..." -- Tom White, President of GTE Telops

"Appreciative Inquiry is currently revolutionizing the field of organizational development." -- Professor Robert Quin, University of Michigan

"The resources brought forth in this book are truly a bounty. The reader will want to reference it again/ again." -- Professor Ron Fry,Weatherhead School of Management,Case Western Reserve University

"This is a truly capstone work, integrating theory and practice in a highly detailed, and immediately useful way." -- Ken Gergen, Director, The Taos Institute --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Publisher

The Appreciative Inquiry Handbook is the first practical, hands on workbook for implementing AI. Rather than a textbook, The Appreciative Inquiry Handbook is an actual user manual for those who want to implement AI. The book contains AI topic choices, interview guides, reports, cases, overheads, participant handouts, course outlines, detailed description of the 4-D Cycle (Discovery, Dream, Design, Destiny), customizable training workshops, and a glossary of terms.

See all Editorial Reviews

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576752690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576752692
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #967,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See all 13 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Helene C. Sugarman on August 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
Co-owner of AIC Consulting, L.L.P. and Principal of Dynamic Communication
Most of us struggle with handling change. Our organizations are continually shifting, changing, and pulling us along with them. Both internal and external Consultants, and most executives, are trying to learn how to manage these changes. Many of us professional practioners are now using Appreciative Inquiry (AI) as a method of dealing with change. AI reframes our traditional problem-solving structure into identifying and celebrating our healthiest and most effective practices. We discover our cores, based on both individual and corporate values, which make our organization unique and powerful. AI also encourages us to bring our organization together to dream what is possible and collaboratively design what we must do to make that dream happen.
Now, Cooperidder, Whitney, and Stravros have written a handbook that includes a solid background about the theory, practice and effectiveness of AI, and sets the stage for launching one's own AI initiatives. They have crafted a guide, which has many specific worksheets and other materials to help us actually do our work using AI methodology and philosophy. They make Appreciative Inquiry look deceptively simple. The 4-D process includes:
1. Discover (and Define) what you are doing well that is working and you wish to study through an inquiry
2. Dream what is possible
3. Design a way to get there and
4. Destiny (implement) this process.
No book will replace the necessary experience a professional consultant needs to work in AI or any other methodology. AI allows the practioner and core team members to collaboratively probe deeply into the organizational systems.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
The Appreciative Inquiry Handbook: The First in a Series of AI Workbooks for Leaders of Change is a "must have" guide for organizational development practitioners and facilitators. Whether you are a leading change at a Fortune 500 or creating transformation within a small community organization, this volume provides an excellent consolidation of AI tools. If new to the technique, this book is particularly helpful because the process is laid out in an easy to understand and easy to deliver format. The authors begin with a review and background of the process, and then introduce you to AI-step by step. The resource section is very generous, providing templates for course outlines, handouts, overheads, and exercises. For seasoned users, this book is a splendid reference tool you'll want on your practitioner shelf. Again, the resources provided can serve as a tool chest for stimulating new ideas. While the authors worked to clearly define and explain the process via cases and narrative, they also help the reader to understand why the process is more than typical organizational development techniques. The AI Handbook is clearly written and will help change agents on their journey to create, generate, and cultivate learning cultures within their organization.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By susan o wood on October 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
For anyone interested in appreciative inquiry, this book has cases, worksheets and presentation materials that can be used right now. What a novel idea to give away the tools on the CD. Well organized and readable, I keep it handy at my desk.
Excellent resource.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By EDMUND S. MENDE, JR. on June 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
This handbook guides you in applying appreciative inquiry methods in a variety of settings. We have had good results conducting two facilitation assignments with "Appreciative Intent".
In our most recent assignment, our client was impressed with the quality and quantity of the information gathered. Additionally, members of the client's leadership were also impressed with the level of participation from some of the more "quiet" people in the organization. The one-on-one questionnaire technique levels the playing field for people with a more introverted personality. Also, if you like applying a "Theory of Constraints" approach to operations you will observe that using the interview/questionnaire approach creates a multi-channel process when brain storming. (i.e. more conversations can be carried on simultaneously, thereby creating a larger stream of information or ideas in less time)
The CD alone is worth the investment!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Armand Kruger, good news junkie on October 18, 2003
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Given the growing awareness of how asking about successes is an equally valuable and valid way of change, this book addresses the issue at two levels. Firstly, everything you might want to know about "how to" do this approach is explained and illustrated with examples and complete notes in the book and on the CD.
Secondly, in an easy invitational style of reading it creates the awareness that AI is more than just "a technique". AI is a way of thinking which has unlimited applications. In the range of examples, case studies, anecdotes, the point is made by the authors of the approach of AI, that "there is not place away from AI."
This book represents a very credible paradigm with which to extend the thinking around positive psychology and strenght-based thinking about people.
Peak performance is not random: people succeed by design as they fail by design. This book is both a journey and a map of how to get there.
Highly recommended!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews