Appreciative Inquiry: Change at the Speed of Imagination

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 21, 2011 - Business & Economics - 336 pages
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Thoroughly revised and updated, the second edition of AppreciativeInquiry offers OD and HR professionals a user-friendly resource fordiscovering how they can tap into the power of the AppreciativeInquiry (AI) process. An innovative process, AI is an effective wayto work with a company as an organic system whose success dependson a holistic approach to connect that organization's human,technical, and organizational functions.

This new edition meets the challenge of making the AI processaccessible and updates three key areas of the process: thetheoretical basis, fundamental assumptions and beliefs, and thebasic processes. It includes step-by-step guidelines on how toapply AI in a variety of organizational situations and shows how itcan be used with a wide range of initiatives, such as coaching,leadership development, strategic planning, and teambuilding.

"If there's one book to read on AI, this is it. It provides thecontext and rationale for this paradigm changing approach to changeat any level of system. Buy it, read it, use it and enjoy achievinggreat results and renewed energy and enthusiasm."
Barbara Sloan, director, Organizational Developmentand Learning, New York University, Langone Medical Center

"Appreciative Inquiry brings the freedom and creativity of AItogether with the 'nuts and bolts' of how to actually do it all. Itcontains everything I would want to have as a fresh practitioner,from potential designs to sample questions and excellent CaseStories."
David Shaked, founder and CEO, Almond Insight, UnitedKingdom

"This book serves as a complete roadmap for those interested inthe philosophy and practice of Appreciative Inquiry. The CaseStories encourage readers to find their own way on the journey byproviding examples of successful interventions."
Terry Egan, professor, Management Studies, PepperdineUniversity


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Jane Magruder Watkins is a past chair of the board of theNTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science and a founding memberof Appreciative Inquiry Consulting. She has more than thirty-fiveyears in the field of organization development and has worked witha wide range of private, public, and government organizations,including Avon, GTE, Detroit Edison, SmithKline Beecham,ScottishPower, and more than 200 international organizations innearly 50 countries.

Bernard J. Mohr is the author of many books and articleson collaborative organization innovation and design. One of theoriginal pioneers in the field of Appreciative Inquiry, Bernardco-founded Innovation Partners International and co-created the NTLInstitute Certificate in Appreciative Inquiry.

Ralph Kelly is a co-founder of Appreciative InquiryUnlimited, a founding member of Appreciative Inquiry Consulting,and an Associate in the Taos Institute. He has over 35 yearsexperience in the field of OD, and has worked with a rich varietyof non-profit, faith-centered, government, private and academicorganizations in over 40 countries.

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