Saturday, 29 May 2010

Appreciative Inquiry

A wise woman mentioned appreciative inquiry to me and I remembered being familiar with AI during some research in my OD course years back. I was curious for a refresher and began to re-familiarize myself.

You can find a definition of AI here.

Essentially, AI is about the search for the best in people, organizations, and the relevant world around us and that all is a part of a living system. There is a belief that every living system had vast untapped capabilities.

If AI involves the art and practice of asking questions that influence the living systems to apprehend anticipate and heighten positive potentials, it therefore has the potential to lead to creativity, innovation, discovery and destiny.

The AI model utilizes a cycle of 4 processes focusing on discovery, dream, design and destiny.

If organizations want to imagine possibilities and potential, coaching needs to be a coherent part of the culture to build a strengths-based organization. I see exploration of strengths, successes, values and hopes as key for organizations to truly transform themselves.

What thoughts surface as you ponder AI and coaching?

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