What is Appreciative Inquiry?

Appreciative Inquiry is a collaborative, strength-based approach to both personal and organizational development that is proving to be highly effective in thousands of organizations and communities in more than a hundred countries around the world. It is a way of bringing about change that shares leadership and learning, fully engaging everyone in the organization. This large scale change management process was introduced by David Cooperrider and his associates at the Case Western Reserve University in the mid-eighties.

Beyond being a simple organizational development process, Appreciative Inquiry becomes a generative way to energize the creative best in people and their organizations. While positive in focus, the appreciative approach does not avoid problems; rather it re-focuses energy away from ideas of blame and the cause of problems to possibilities and solutions.

This new model of change management is uniquely suited to the values, beliefs, and business challenges facing managers and leaders today. It enables you to engage and inspire your highly diverse and dispersed workforce; to involve customers and other stakeholders in the future of your business; to discover and extend your business strengths and strategic advantages.