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The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry, 2nd Edition Staple Bound – January, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0966537314 ISBN-10: 0966537319 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Staple Bound: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Thin Book Publishing Company; 2nd edition (January 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966537319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966537314
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"The Thin Book provides both the practitioner and the seasoned professional with concepts, images, structure, key processes and language in examples and a layout that is easy to read and discuss." -- OD Practitioner, Vol 29, No. 2. 1997 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Inside Flap

This book is an invitation to begin your journey to learn about Appreciative Inquiry. Appreciative Inquiry is an exciting philosophy for change. The major assumption of Appreciative Inquiry is that in every organization something works and change can be managed through the identification of what works, and the analysis of how to do more of work works. This work is a "translation" of the work of David Cooperrider of Case Western Reserve University. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Sue Annis Hammond is a Change Management Consultant with a unique combination of extensive consulting and entrepreneurial experience. She has more than 20 years of consulting experience, including 10 years of internal work at Meredith Corporation and Principal Financial Group, 12 years of external consulting, and six years as an entrepreneur.

Sue is a nationally recognized expert in Appreciative Inquiry, a process that changes the focus from finding out what is going wrong to discovering and expanding best practices in organizations. Her first book The Thin Book of(R) Appreciative Inquiry is a national bestseller, with sales in excess of 125,000 copies. Sue started Thin Book Publishing in response to the book's success and customer requests for more "thin books". The company is devoted to publishing "just in time" cutting-edge knowledge for organizational clients. Thin Book Publishing currently has four books in print, two of which have been honored with industry awards. Her latest book is co-authored with Andrea B. Mayfield and is called, The Thin Book of (R) Naming Elephants: How to Surface Undiscussables for Greater Organizational Success.

Sue completed a Masters of Organizational Development at Bowling Green Graduate School of Business, where she was the 1991 Minninger Foundation Fellow. She also holds a B.A. and a M.A. in English from SUNY Fredonia, and currently lives in Bend, Oregon. She can be contacted at sue@thinbook.com.

Customer Reviews

A perfect appetizer.
Bob New
I was impressed enough with Sue Hammond's Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry to go right home and order it.
Pie Dumas
The material is easy to digest.
Robert D. Flanagan

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Jerry in Japan on December 17, 2002
Format: Staple Bound
Since Aristotle, Descartes, Newton, and Freud, we have analyzed and reduced everything to the micro level so that we can repair, replace it, or control it. This is not that kind of book. It is a new way to get perspective on issues by redirecting attention to consider the good things that are going on around us. The sheer mention of the question: What is working well around here changed my tone for the whole day. I began to listen and look for the positive and beauty and affirm it when I saw it. This is not just a positive thinking Peale book, or positive mental tape book The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry is an introduction to the idea that change can be managed by focusing on what works. This little book is worth it the price as it gives you a good definition of AI and is like an appetizer for the meal. Hammond has done a nice of capturing the essence of this transforming approach and provides many sample questions that let's you intuitively grasp this is good soup for the soul. I wish they would have added more to the book but that is why the called it thin- it does create a desire to know more about AI.
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful By bill_lee@amrcorp.com on May 11, 1999
Format: Staple Bound
Too often, analysts try to find problems with organizations so they have something to solve. It's what they live for! Customers come to analysts when they feel there is a problem, so the two seem like a match -- the customer thinks there is a problem, the analyst proves there is. However, usually a customer's business isn't in complete shambles; they usually do something right. Sue's book provides analysts an alternative to always finding problems. Analysts can use appreciateve inquiry to first discover what the customer is doing right. Often applying the same principles, processes, procedures, to what they are doing correctly can solve what the customer perceives as a current problem. This is still a match between the customer and the analyst with one added advantage: it leaves the customer feeling better about him/herself. In 60 pages Sue gives analysts a completely new skill for in their toolkit.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Thomas B. Milus on October 5, 1998
Format: Paperback
This small book gives one a very good idea of the fundamentals of appreciative inquiry. It is a great stimulus for those looking to approach change from a positive, and often times, very unique perspective. It has a straight forward "how to" process included as well as a nice reference and resource section.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robert D. Flanagan on March 20, 2006
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I bought this book on a recommendation of a lecturer at a recent conference. He said that this was the first book to buy if one wants to learn about AI. He was right. The author is straight to the point. The material is easy to digest. The examples are applicable. Because of this book, I can immediately put AI to use in developing better teams and groups.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pie Dumas on February 20, 2006
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Recently, I attended a monthly meeting for professional coaches where the speaker made a presentation on Appreciative Inquiry. He passed around many books on the subject as he continued his talk. I was impressed enough with Sue Hammond's Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry to go right home and order it. I am not usually one who cares for national bestsellers, but in this case... I can see why. It is a valuable tool for any coach, mentor or anyone in life who seeks a better, clearer understanding of how to appreciate life, work, people, everything really. Learning to appreciate makes a quantifiable difference in your life and times.
Hammond writes with an easy style, touching on most aspects of positive thinking and behaviors that can and will make a difference immediately in whatever you do and how you work with family, friends, co-workers.
The focus is on "what is working?" not what is the problem. To me, it's a much better place to start, automatically gives us a leg-up to feel good about something that is already positive.
Highly recommended!
Thank you Sue Hammond.
Pie Dumas - Author & Life Coach
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Walk on September 10, 2005
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I use this book in my coaching business. The book is a great source of usable information that can be easily understood. Hammond includes tips that can help shift one's thinking in a positive way. If we could all operate in the manner she describes we would be better leaders (at any level).
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Snider on May 12, 2007
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This book was a required text for one of my graduate school classes. The refreshing thing about it is that it's a quick read and very easy to understand. Hammond raises the very interesting idea that instead of looking at problems from a "how do we remedy our weaknesses" standpoint, she offers that we should capitalize on our strengths. We should figure out what we do well, and then work through our strengths to improve our performance and organizational environment. That's really as far as you need to go with this book. Hammond's explanation of her theory is extremely common sense. If you're still unsure how her theory could be applied in or impact the workplace, perhaps you should read this book. Otherwise, you could probably just use your imagination.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark J. Safferstone on August 15, 2005
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Appreciative inquiry is an after action review process that examines the factors that contributed to the success of an undertaking. While most analytical techniques critique and assess what could have done better, AI emphasizes the positive/best practices that emerged from the event. This book, one of the Thin Book series, provides the reader with a straightforward, step by step approach to implementing AI, at given the nominal cost, this book serves as an excellent primer.
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