- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Pfeiffer; 1 edition (February 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470483164
- ISBN-13: 978-0470483169
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,105,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Appreciative Inquiry for Collaborative Solutions: 21 Strength-Based Workshops
Appreciative Inquiry (AI) offers consultants, change agents, and training professionals a powerful, life-centric approach to leading and facilitating change. This innovative approach taps into the need for more positive and engaging ways to advance communication, relationships and results within organizations. As a participatory method, it encourages all organizational members, employees and leaders alike to work side by side to envision corporate goals and share ideas and action plans on how best to achieve them.
Appreciative Inquiry for Collaborative Solutions is a practical resource for facilitators who want to introduce positive, strength-based perspectives into their work and trainings. This book provides an overview of Appreciative Inquiry's positive psychology and strength-based change methods. It explores basic principles and practices, shows how to incorporate AI into existing work, and offers practical advice for designing new trainings. In addition, the author provides a variety of ready-to-deliver workshops on topics such as leadership, diversity, technology, creativity, change, innovation, learning, collaboration, coaching, and team-building. The author also suggests how to make the outcomes of an Appreciative Inquiry session stick, and also, what it takes to make these valuable approaches self-sustaining.
This important resource is a first in the field of Appreciative Inquiry as it provides twenty one ready-to-use workshops for facilitators, leaders, consultants, and trainers who want to empower others in creating collaborative solutions.
"What you learn in a single book can change everything. Appreciative Inquiry for Collaborative Solutions is Robyn Stratton-Berkessel at her very best—helping all of us open ourselves to our best selves, envision possibilities, and get in touch with our own and other's strengths. A brilliantly applied book—with over 21 workshops ready for prime time delivery—helping leaders tap the revolutionary power of appreciative inquiry or "AI" for creating value for customers, suppliers, team members, shareholders, and families. Are you ready to walk on the strengths-based side of organization development and leadership? This inspiring volume will propel you upward step by step—it takes AI from concept to reality in an eloquent, empowering, and utterly engaging way."
—David Cooperrider, Fairmount Minerals Professor at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management
"Both inspiring and highly practical, this book will be an invaluable and no doubt well-thumbed addition to your library of Appreciative Inquiry resources, whether you are a novice or an experienced practitioner!"
—Sue James, partner, BJ Seminars
"Ms. Stratton-Berkessel's work leaves the reader with a clear understanding of why Appreciative Inquiry is such a powerful change model. Those new to Appreciative Inquiry will marvel at her unique explanation of the 'phases' of Appreciative Inquiry. Those more familiar with Appreciative Inquiry will enjoy her explanations and examples."
—Timothy Germany, commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
"A practical approach grounded in personal experience...[this book] shows that Appreciative Inquiry is not a luxury but a necessity for organizational success."
—Annalie Killian, catalyst for magic AMP, producer of the AMPLIFY Innovation & Thought Leadership Festival, Sydney, Australia
About the Author
Robyn Stratton-Berkessel is founder and president of L.I.T. Global (www.positivematrix.com). She has 25 years in organization design and development, executive coaching, facilitation and corporate training within Fortune 500 companies internationally. As designer and facilitator, she specializes in Appreciative Inquiry to unleash the power of participation, engagement and collaboration.
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Frank De Munter
She explicitly differentiates between working from a "what's right and what's working" perspective" versus a "what's wrong and needs to be fixed" perspective. Stratton-Berkessel argues that approaching issues with a focus on what's already working allows us to discover more creative and energizing solutions. Such a paradigm shift is transformational in itself.
This book is a perfect marriage of theory and practice. Although it predominantly offers instructions for leading twenty-one practical workshops, it also provides a sufficient theoretical context to enrich the workshop instructions themselves. We live in a world where there's so much talk about the necessity of collaboration, but Stratton-Berkessel gives us a form and a format for generative and productive collaborations. All her suggestions are masterful and fine-tuned, showing us how even subtle shifts in language and tonality can make all the difference in producing the collaborative results we seek as trainers. She even guides us toward customizing own, on our own relevant content.
Whether or not you're familiar with an Appreciative Inquiry approach, by the time you've finished this book, Appreciative Inquiry will be in your blood.
Lynda Klau, Ph.D.
This book is a delight - I read through it and it is clear and easy to follow - it is obvious that Robyn believes wholeheartedly in what she has written about but it is clear and non-sentimental - a beautiful book which enabled me to put together a workshop based on strength based coaching - unfortunately due to time restraints imposed on me by the client I had to cut the timings down, which was not ideal but still feasible.
I thoroughly recommend this book to anyway either going into Appreciative Inquiry for the first time, which I was, or for those who are more experienced. I will certainly use it again. Thanks very much Robyn.