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Appreciative Intelligence: Seeing the Mighty Oak in the Acorn Hardcover – May 2, 2006
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"Thatchenkery and Metzker see enormous potential in all of us to create new and more promising futures, and this work invites us all to share the same inspiring vision. It is a vision I find enormously compelling and for which we should all be appreciative." Kenneth J. Gergen, Mustin Professor of Psychology, Swarthmore College
"Appreciative Intelligence is a book and an idea that opens new possibilities for seeing how people and organizations create value and achieve success. Appreciative Intelligence is an inspiring and practical account of how to develop the capacity to see potential within the present and to develop this capacity within oneself and in others." Jane E. Dutton, William Russell Kelly Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Psychology, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
"Stunning! Going one step beyond appreciative inquiry, Thatchenkery and Metzker have made an exciting contribution to the new field of positive organizational scholarship. This book will forever change how you think about intelligence." Robert Kramer, PhD, and Director, Executive Education Programs, American University
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Appreciative Intelligence is defined by the authors (full disclosure: Thatchenkery and I were in graduate school together nearly twenty years ago but have had virtually no contact since then) as consisting of three components: reframing, appreciating the positive, and seeing how the future unfolds from the present. The book is full of wonderful case examples, both for-profit and non-profit settings, of how the principles of Appreciative Intelligence can be understood and practiced. There are simple methods for profiling one's own levels of Appreciative Intelligence, awareness and action.
While researchers will find several chapters digging into the biological basis for Appreciative Intelligence of considerable academic interest, probably the biggest payoff of this book for organizational practitioners is the last chapter on how to apply the principles to employee development efforts.Read more ›
I found myself drawn in page after page as stories of "reframing", "appreciating the positive", and "seeing how the future unfolds from the present" unfolded to to articulate the contruct (not concept) of Appreciative Intelligence.
In my opinion, the latter half of the book is better suited for those interested in practical application. Also be warned that the considerable erudition of the authors shows up in a flood of references that might slow down your reading.
All in all, a great book with fresh thinking and tools for those interested in leadership and innovation.
In a lucid and compelling fashion, the authors describe how people with high levels of appreciative intelligence see mighty oak in the acorn. They also go beyond to explain how to plant and preserve the acorns to help them grow and thrive despite challenging circumstances.
Read and more importantly, practice these ideas. You will be amazed at the positive possibilities of your present situation - no matter what your profession is.
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The construct: The Appreciative Intelligence construct is an empowering and inspiring notion that everyone would benefit from learning. Read more
What if we were able to reframe challenging and difficult situations to discover hidden possibilities? Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by Dr. Samuel Mahaffy
This book takes too long to get to the point and repeat it at least 20 times! The author should take a course in the art of writing educational books!Published on February 23, 2007 by Henry Gleditsch Kleive
As background, I have worked with Tojo Thatchenkery on teaching Appreciative Inquiry here in India.
Having always been fond of the subject, I continued to be diappointed... Read more
With Appreciative Intelligence, Thatchenkery and Metzker introduce a construct that is both satisfying and inspiring. Read morePublished on June 24, 2006 by Kate Trygstad