Posts Tagged ‘appreciative inquiry’

At the recent WAIC conference I fell into conversation with Stefan Cantore. Stefan is busy thinking about ‘our love affair with problems’ in preparation for writing a chapter for a forthcoming publication (details at end). We had a great discussion about this that stayed with me and caused me further thought.

 

How do we know when we encounter a problem? While completing a personality profile questionnaire recently I noticed that I have a problem with the word problem. As the questionnaire asked me variations on how I deal with problems, I struggled to answer: the questions just didn’t connect. It would seem that just don’t think in terms of problems and problem-solving: I don’t notice when I encounter them.

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At a conference attended by over 500 people from 42 nations, with 9 keynotes by names like David Cooperrider, Diane Whitney, Ken Gergen, Gervase Bushe and Ron Fry, and innumerable workshop sessions and poster presentations, my experience of the conference could only ever be partial. Here are some of the best bits for me.

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Interested in learning about an approach to organisational change that really puts people at the heart of the change process? Heard about Appreciative Inquiry and curious to learn more?

This one day introductory workshop is designed specifically for people who are new to this approach. It will equip you with a full understanding of all the essential concepts and basic skills for understanding and using this approach in your daily work as coach, manager, consultant or organisational leader.

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The plan is not the change

All too often those involved in creating the plan for change believe this to be the most essential part of the process, worthy of extended time and effort, while implementation is seen as ‘just’ a matter of communicating and rolling out the plan. Plans are a story of hope. Change happens when people change their habitual patterns of communication and intervention in a meaningful and sustainable way.

 

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This master class workshop will help you understand the most important findings from positive psychology and happiness research so you can help your clients reap the benefits.

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Want to learn more about how recent psychology discoveries can help you achieve greater success and performance in your organization or as a leader? Don’t have time to read all the books?

 

This master class workshop will help you understand the most important findings from positive psychology and happiness research so you can help your organisation reap the benefits.

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This master class workshop will help you understand the most important findings from positive psychology and happiness research so you can help your clients reap the benefits.

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What is positive psychology?

Coined as a phrase by Martin Seligman as President of the American Psychological Association in 1998, positive psychology is the psychology of exceptionally good living. It embraces areas of study such as happiness; human flourishing; exceptional wellbeing; energy and vitality, meaningfulness and achievement. The switch in focus from psychology’s traditional concern with when things go wrong for people (mental or physical ill-health, poor educational performance etc.) to when things go right for people has resulted in a burst of new streams of research and new knowledge about the psychology of high performance in people.

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At the European Begiestring Organizations meeting in Manchester in November this year, a few of us had a conversation about how to engage with a request to help managers develop ‘active listening skills’ in a new, interesting and engaging way.

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Difficult times loom ahead. Few of us feel at our brightest and most optimistic in the dark, cold days of January, February and March. How can we help maintain good cheer, hope and optimism amongst our staff, suppliers and customers? Here are some suggestions, maybe even a list of New Year resolutions!

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