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Diana Whitney Ph.D.
is the President of Corporation for Positive Change, an international consulting firm specializing in the application of Appreciative Inquiry – the revolutionary process she helped develop and spread – to resolve the most pressing challenges of our time. In fields ranging from healthcare to education; from peace-building to business; from community development to government, Diana coaches executives and their teams in support of organization culture transformation, and strategic development. With over thirty years of experience, her clients include Merck, British Airways, Verizon, J&J, Calgary Health Region, University of Virginia Health System, Idaho Department of Education, and Sisters of Good Shepherd.

Diana is a Founder of the Taos Institute, a center for dialogue among family therapists, educators and organization consultants. She is a Fellow of the World Business Academy. She is a Distinguished Consulting Faculty at Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center where she teaches and advises PhD students. She is an expert faculty for the NCR Picker Patient Centered Care Institute. Diana was also the President of the Philadelphia Chapter of SHRM.

Dr. Whitney received her Ph.D. from Temple University (1980) in the field of Organizational Communication. Her early research into the dissemination of educational innovations funded by the National Institute of Education created an agenda for the ongoing development of educational R&D laboratories throughout the United States.

Amanda Trosten-Bloom is Managing Director for Corporation for Positive Change – the premier consulting firm using Appreciative Inquiry for transformation and innovation in business, government and nonprofits around the world. One of the first consultants to use Appreciative Inquiry for whole system change in a business setting, Amanda is also an internationally recognized Appreciative Inquiry trainer, author and speaker. Her work focuses primarily on strength-based change in the areas of culture transformation, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, leadership development, and business process improvement.

Kae Rader MPA is an associate with the Corporation for Positive Change (CPC), Kae is one of a select few from around the world licensed to facilitate CPC's Appreciative Leadership Development Program. She has more than 30 years of management and leadership and service in the nonprofit sector, Kae Rader is a dynamic facilitator and results-oriented consultant who specialize in positive, practical approaches to organizational effectiveness. Clients in her consulting practice include: U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Idaho State Board of Education and USA Diving. She speaks on the fundamentals of Appreciative Inquiry and its value to enhancing organizational effectiveness.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071714065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071714068
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Basarab on June 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A different way to lead using proven techniques that bring the best out in everyone. Appreciative Leadership is so simple, yet powerful for unleashing organizational potential, leading to superior performance, which drives increased business results. I especially am drawn to the concepts of:

(1) Analysis of root cause success ... daily acts of excellence
(2) The formula for Principled Performance
(3) The Key Ingredients for Organizational Success

Appreciative Leadership is the way that I want to lead and be led.

Thank you Diana, Amanda, and Kae
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tom Devane on October 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Lots of leaders out there understand that they need to redesign some of their existing work processes for greater efficiency. They instinctively know that involving groups of people in developing a new strategy can create energy for its implementation. And they "get it" that it can be helpful to use proven change management principles and group methods to help people lift themselves to higher levels of performance. Smart leaders also totally buy into the notion that innovation will be one important key to sustainable competitive advantage. And sure, if they've kept a watchful eye on the recent scientific and business press, they're also aware of how impactful it can be to approach work and people in the workplace with a positive attitude.

But, unfortunately, there has been very little written about what leaders need to do that addresses ALL the above in one succinct, pragmatic guide. That is, until now. With Appreciative Leadership, there's now a compact reference guide for leaders who wish to enhance their positive impact and significantly improve their organization's performance.

I really like this book from both a content standpoint and a book organization standpoint.

From a content perspective, this book is unique. This isn't your traditional leadership model reconstituted and repackaged. This is something entirely different. The book's foundation premise is that it's best to start any change effort by focusing on the strengths that we have as individuals, teams, and organizations. The approach then builds positively on this foundation to bring people into a more positive future that they themselves envision and create.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By otte, j.w. on July 8, 2010
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With this new book Diana Whitney, Amanda Trosten-Bloom and Kae Rader have found the way to my heart and I am sure to many of you readers as well. Working with Appreciative Inquiry gives so much energy and the feeling that we're creating a better world, that with now the talk story of these three great storytellers, we have the opportunity to make the next step. As an organization development consultant I am constantly looking for better ways to help my customers. And with Appreciative Leadership I found a way that works. The examples of how things work for many through the book are a great inspiration.
With the 5 I's (Inquiry, Illumination, Inclusion, Inspiration and Integrity) we now have guidelines to work with. Not only for leaders, but also leaders to be and consultants, this book is an absolute must read for those who work in an ever changing environment. By appreciating the strengths in ourself and others we can help people grow to become the person they need to be and were born to be. Connecting with others to grow is what creates the leaders of today and tomorrow.

Jose Otte
Mizu, leadership development
Netherlands
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jim Francek on July 9, 2010
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Appreciative Leadership. This book will prove to be one of the most seminal works on leadership ever produced since it speaks to the soul of leadership. You have clearly staked out the high ground with this effort. As one who has worked in the area of leadership development for decades, this is the work that I will use in all my leadership development efforts going forward. Most of the leadership writings in the past cannot hold a candle to what you have produced. In very clear language and understandable stories you engage the reader in the possibility of being an exceptional thru a path of inquiry, stories and affirmation of their people. I really love how you have turned the fish bone diagram on its head to become an analysis of success. Brilliant! Our world needs the leaders you talk about! Thank you for all the work, passion and love for a better world that ekes from your concepts and words.
Jim Francek
Current President: TAVA Full Circle, LLC
Past Senior Faculty for the Center for Creative Leadership

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann Fetsch on July 14, 2010
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'Appreciative Leadership' is a wonderful book that resonates for me on many levels. During my 35 year career in leadership I have consistently helped others 'reach for the positive' and discontinue their negative language and thinking. This is so important in our business and personal lives.
Appreciatve Leadership will be a valuable tool for me personally and as an instruction for others. I very much appreciate the work of these authors. It is well written and easy to read. It is enjoyable and instructional at the same time. I highly recommend this book!
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