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  • Hardcover: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; Annotated edition (May 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576753530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576753538
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #819,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this thought-provoking and lucidly written book, Thatchenkery and Metzker provide a compelling justification for the notion of ‘Appreciative Intelligence.’ This is what endows successful leaders with the qualities of persistence, conviction, comfort with uncertainty, and resilience to overcome challenges. This book is a must-read for all those grappling with the issue of leadership in a dynamic, complex, and confusing world." —Dr. V. Nilakant, Associate Dean, Faculty of Commerce, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

"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

About the Author

Tojo Thatchenkery is currently the Associate Professor of Organizational Learning at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. and holds a Ph.D. in organisational behavior from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Carol Metzker has a Masters degree in Organisational learning from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and has over 15 years experience in communications and corporate environments.

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Tojo Thatchenkery (Ph.D. Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University) is an internationally known speaker, consultant, and educator. He is professor and director of the Organization Development and Knowledge Management program at the School of Public Policy. George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia. He is also a member of the NTL Institute of Applied Behavioral Science and the Taos Institute. Tojo has over twenty five years of experience in teaching at various Public Policy, MBA, Organization Development, and executive development programs in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. His research has been funded by agencies such as the United States National Science Foundation and the U.S. Postal Service. His recent books include Reframing human capital for organizational excellence (2012), Capability Building for Organizational Transformation: Management Cases from Multiple Disciplines (2012), Making the Invisible Visible: Understanding Leadership Contributions of Asian Minorities in the Workplace (2011), Positive Initiatives for Organizational Change and Transformation (2011), Building Competencies for Sustainability and Organizational Excellence (2011), Positive Design and Appreciative Construction: From Sustainable Development to Sustainable Value (2010), Leveraging Global Competiveness for Organizational Excellence (2010), Enhancing Organizational Performance through Strategic Initiatives (2009), Handbook on Management Cases (2008), Appreciative Inquiry and Knowledge Management (2007), and Appreciative Intelligence: Seeing the Mighty Oak in the Acorn (2006). He has also researched contemporary themes such as technological culture and globalization which resulted in another book, Information Communication Technology and Economic Development: Learning from the Indian Experience (2006).

Tojo has extensive consulting experience in change management, organization design and strategy, and knowledge management. Past and current clients include Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, IBM, Fannie Mae, Booz Allen, PNC Bank, Lucent Technologies, General Mills, 3M, British Petroleum, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, United States Department of Agriculture, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Akbank (Turkey), and the Tata Consulting Services (India). His research and consulting also focuses on Asian Americans and organizational mobility. Starting with his special issue of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences on this topic, he is one of the first researchers to analyze the human and social capital dynamics unique to Asian Americans in federal agencies and corporate America. Tojo regularly consults and offers workshops to public and private sector organizations on this topic.

Tojo Thatchenkery is on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences and the Journal of Organizational Change Management and the past Program Chair of the Research Methods Division of the Academy of Management (http://aomonline.org). For more information, please visit www.appreciativeintelligence.com


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The real life examples given in the book serves very well as tools to this effect.
Puthupparampil V. Scaria
The authors offer some tools for us to increase our own Appreciative Intelligence and further invite us into the process by suggesting we create our own tools as well.
Kate Trygstad
The book is well researched and structured, thus making it very interesting to read.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Harry S. Jonas on July 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In a remarkable turn of events, this week's Fortune magazine cover article highlights the ways that former GE CEO Jack Welch's management maxims, once taken as gospel by leaders around the world, are now being questioned and even rejected. Welch is credited with reinvigorating Six Sigma, the penultimate tool set for organizational improvement. It's probably no coincidence that Tojo Thatchenkery and Carol Metzker's new book on Appreciative Intelligence (Seeing the Mighty Oak in the Acorn) should emerge at the same time to offer a powerful alternative to traditional forms of management thinking that have spawned problem solving, "forced ranking," and other deficit-oriented approaches to organizational change.

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Merianne Liteman on July 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
When you search for problems, you find problems.. You and your organization can get mired in negativity. On the other hand, if you seek and tap into what's positive in individuals and organizations, you focus on possibilities and potential -- the oak in the acorn. Thatchenkery and Metzker have drawn a roadmap to discovering and nurturing the best in people (including yourself) and organizations by encouraging four qualities - persistence, conviction that one's actions matter, tolerance for uncertainty and irrepressible resilience. Their well-written, timely, and compelling book will prove useful for organization development professionals, human resource specialists, and executives alike who want to foster excellence not only in their organization but also in themselves.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sanjiv Augustine on September 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This a book with a fresh, powerful message and tools for leaders everywhere. It is especially valuable in the Agile community where we are trying to clearly define and capture what leadership and innovation mean on Agile projects.

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.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ram Tenkasi on May 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The authors Thatchenkery and Metzker have produced a remarkable book that is not only thorough and solid which will clearly hold the attention of the scholar, but also an approachable and practical piece of work that will be of immense value to the practitioner. The notion of Appreciative Intelligence is intuitively appealing and the authors do a fine job of building clear and convincing arguments as to why it is an important and impactful concept in the realm of human affairs. However, what excites me most is that, Appreciative Intelligence, much like Emotional Intelligence did, has the potential to push the boundaries of both theory and practice.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gopakumar M.G. on August 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In this ground breaking book, Tojo Thatchenkery and Carol Metzker integrates the cutting edge research from cognitive sciences and social psychology to identify and describe an ability that enables some people to take new or challenging circumstances and turn them into successful experiences, while others waver at similar situations. This ability called `Appreciative Intelligence' helps one to perceive and realize the positive generative potential within the present.

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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Puthupparampil V. Scaria on May 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
'Appreciative Intelligence: Seeing the Mighty Oak in the Acorn', by Tojo Thatchenkery and Carol Metzker, is a wonderful book that can transform the way you look at people and situations in your professional environment as well as family environment. Authors have correctly identified the factor that some people seem to have, that make them see things differently than most of us. AI may be present in all of us albeit in varying degree. Good news is that you can nurture it and sharpen it once you realize the presence of it within you. The real life examples given in the book serves very well as tools to this effect. This is a beautifully written book that can enhance your management skills and enable you to look at people and situations in a positive way. Highly recommended for general reading as well as for in depth study.
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