The Power of Appreciative Inquiry: A Practical Guide to Positive Change

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Mar 1, 2010 - Business & Economics - 304 pages
NEW EDITION, REVISED AND UPDATED The Power of Appreciative Inquiry describes the internationally embraced approach to organizational change that dramatically improves performance by engaging people to study, discuss, and build upon what’s working – strengths – rather than trying to fix what’s not. Diana Whitney and Amanda Trosten-Bloom, pioneers in the development and practice of Appreciative Inquiry (AI), provide a menu of eight results-oriented applications, along with case examples from a wide range of organizations to illustrate Appreciative Inquiry in action. A how-to book, this is the most authoritative and accessible guide to the newest ideas and practices in the field of Appreciative Inquiry since its inception in 1985. The second edition includes new examples, tools, and tips for using AI to create an enduring capacity for positive change, along with a totally new chapter on award-winning community applications of Appreciative Inquiry.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 What Is Appreciative Inquiry?
1
Chapter 2 A Menu of Approaches to Appreciative Inquiry
23
Chapter 3 Eight Principles of Appreciative Inquiry
49
From Origins to Current Practice
77
Chapter 5 Getting Started with Appreciative Inquiry
99
Chapter 6 Affirmative Topic Choice
127
Appreciative Interviews and More
143
Visions and Voices of the Future
177
Giving Form to Values and Ideals
197
Inspired Action and Improvisation
219
A Process for Community Planning
245
Chapter 12 Why Appreciative Inquiry Works
265
Notes
285
Index
291
About the Authors
303
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Diana Whitney, PhD, and Amanda Trosten-Bloom lead Corporation for Positive Change, an internationally recognized consultancy whose mission is to bring Appreciative Inquiry to the most pressing issues of our time. Together, they have authored over a dozen groundbreaking books on Appreciative Inquiry.

Diana Whitney, PhD, and Amanda Trosten-Bloom lead Corporation for Positive Change, an internationally recognized consultancy whose mission is to bring Appreciative Inquiry to the most pressing issues of our time. Together, they have authored over a dozen groundbreaking books on Appreciative Inquiry.

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