Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a means of planning change by focusing on the positive rather than the negative in organizations (or in an individual's life for that matter). The Discovery phase (Step 1 in the process) relies in large measure on obtaining input from stakeholders and that in turn requires having the right questions to encourage people to open up positively about past experience, the present situation, and future hopes and dreams.
This "encyclopaedia" lists sample questions; usually three per topic, on a variety of issues that are arranged alphabetically (like an encyclopaedia)
This handbook on the power of positive questions has implications for every aspect of business, but the importance of Appreciative Inquiry also goes beyond business to include family life and relationships. All organisations move in the direction of their research, and all research involved asking questions. The sooner the right questions are asked, the sooner the right answers are obtained. With the help of this book, organisations will find the opportunities, strengths, innovations and vision to forge a positive future.
Section1: Eleven ways to use positive questions
Strategy is everybody’s job - SOAR is the acronym of a new strategic planning process that is based on discovering and multiplying what the organization does well. SOAR takes the Appreciative Inquiry philosophy and applies it to provide a strategic thinking and dialogue process. The SOAR book includes a pull-out card that is a handy reminder of the 5-I Approach and sample questions that are referred to in the book. You'll find it helpful in conducting your next SOAR. Other Thin Book Publications: The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry[http://www.lighthouseresources.com.au/bookshop/books/the-thin-book-of-appreciative-inquiry/] The Thin Book... More info
Positive Psychology at Work brings the fields of positive psychology and appreciative inquiry together for the first time to provide leaders and change agents with a powerful new approach to achieving organizational excellence. The authors provide leaders and managers with an understanding of positive psychology theory and offers practical suggestions how it can be applied to enhance staff well-being, happiness in the workplace. The book reveals the most recent research and practice findings on such topics as positivity, flourishing organisations, flow, strengths, positive energy networks, transformational collaboration and authentic leadership. Chapter specifically... More info
This issue explores the potential role of Appreciative Inquiry, a process that searches for what is best in people and organizations, in evaluation. Contributors examine Appreciative Inquiry's approach and impact on the use of evaluation processes and findings, the contextual factors or conditions that make its use in evaluation appropriate, and the challenges of using it. Chapters also provide an overview of Appreciative Inquiry and how it fits within the landscape of evaluation practice, four case studies, and commentary and critique of specific points in this issue, as well as... More info