The Power of Appreciative Inquiry 2nd Edition

A Practical Guide to Positive Change

Diana Whitney (Author) | Amanda Trosten-Bloom (Author)

Publication date: 03/01/2010

Bestseller over 35,000+ copies sold

The Power of Appreciative Inquiry

New edition of the most authoritative and practical guide to large-scale positive change.

* New edition of the most authoritative, comprehensive, and practical guide to large-scale positive change

* Revised throughout, with new business and nonprofit examples and tools and a new chapter on community-based applications of Appreciative Inquiry (AI)

* Written by two pioneering AI thought leaders

The Power of Appreciative Inquiry describes the wildly popular approach to organizational change that dramatically improves performance by engaging people to study, discuss, and build upon what's working, rather than trying to fix what's not. Whitney and Trosten-Bloom provide a menu of eight results-oriented approaches to AI, along with case examples from a wide range of organizations to illustrate Appreciative Inquiry in action. A how-to book, this is the most authoritative and accessible guide to the newest ideas and practices in the field of Appreciative Inquiry since its inception in 1985.

To write the second edition, Whitney and Trosten-Bloom conducted an appreciative inquiry with first edition readers. At the urging of these readers, this edition includes a totally new chapter on community applications of Appreciative Inquiry, along with new examples, tools, and tips for using AI to create an enduring capacity for positive change.

•   New edition of the most authoritative, comprehensive, and practical guide to large-scale positive change

•   Revised throughout, with new business and nonprofit examples and tools and a new chapter on community-based applications of Appreciative Inquiry (AI)

•   Written by two pioneering AI thought leaders

The Power of Appreciative Inquiry describes the wildly popular approach to organizational change that dramatically improves performance by engaging people to study, discuss, and build upon what’s working, rather than trying to fix what’s not. Whitney and Trosten-Bloom provide a menu of eight results-oriented approaches to AI, along with case examples from a wide range of organizations to illustrate Appreciative Inquiry in action. A how-to book, this is the most authoritative and accessible guide to the newest ideas and practices in the field of Appreciative Inquiry since its inception in 1985.

To write the second edition, Whitney and Trosten-Bloom conducted an appreciative inquiry with first edition readers. At the urging of these readers, this edition includes a totally new chapter on community applications of Appreciative Inquiry, along with new examples, tools, and tips for using AI to create an enduring capacity for positive change.

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Overview

New edition of the most authoritative and practical guide to large-scale positive change.

* New edition of the most authoritative, comprehensive, and practical guide to large-scale positive change

* Revised throughout, with new business and nonprofit examples and tools and a new chapter on community-based applications of Appreciative Inquiry (AI)

* Written by two pioneering AI thought leaders

The Power of Appreciative Inquiry describes the wildly popular approach to organizational change that dramatically improves performance by engaging people to study, discuss, and build upon what's working, rather than trying to fix what's not. Whitney and Trosten-Bloom provide a menu of eight results-oriented approaches to AI, along with case examples from a wide range of organizations to illustrate Appreciative Inquiry in action. A how-to book, this is the most authoritative and accessible guide to the newest ideas and practices in the field of Appreciative Inquiry since its inception in 1985.

To write the second edition, Whitney and Trosten-Bloom conducted an appreciative inquiry with first edition readers. At the urging of these readers, this edition includes a totally new chapter on community applications of Appreciative Inquiry, along with new examples, tools, and tips for using AI to create an enduring capacity for positive change.

•   New edition of the most authoritative, comprehensive, and practical guide to large-scale positive change

•   Revised throughout, with new business and nonprofit examples and tools and a new chapter on community-based applications of Appreciative Inquiry (AI)

•   Written by two pioneering AI thought leaders

The Power of Appreciative Inquiry describes the wildly popular approach to organizational change that dramatically improves performance by engaging people to study, discuss, and build upon what’s working, rather than trying to fix what’s not. Whitney and Trosten-Bloom provide a menu of eight results-oriented approaches to AI, along with case examples from a wide range of organizations to illustrate Appreciative Inquiry in action. A how-to book, this is the most authoritative and accessible guide to the newest ideas and practices in the field of Appreciative Inquiry since its inception in 1985.

To write the second edition, Whitney and Trosten-Bloom conducted an appreciative inquiry with first edition readers. At the urging of these readers, this edition includes a totally new chapter on community applications of Appreciative Inquiry, along with new examples, tools, and tips for using AI to create an enduring capacity for positive change.

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Meet the Authors


Visit Author Page - Diana Whitney



Diana Whitney, Ph.D. is the president and founder (along with David Cooperrider) of the Corporation for Positive Changeùan international center for Appreciative Inquiry education and consultation. Her clients have included British Airways, Cap Gemini Ernst and Young, the Department of Labor, Hunter-Douglas Window Fashions, GE Capital, GlaxoSmithKline, GTE (now Verizon), Johnson & Johnson, NY Power Authority, PECO, and Sandia National Labs.


Visit Author Page - Amanda Trosten-Bloom

Amanda Trosten-Bloom is a Principal with both the Rocky Mountain Center for Positive Change and Corporation for Positive Change – local and global consultancies that get results by applying the principles and advancing the practices of Appreciative Inquiry and related transformational processes.  A widely acclaimed consultant, master trainer, energizing speaker, and pioneer in the use of Appreciative Inquiry for high engagement, whole system change, she builds results oriented partnerships with organizational and community leaders and teams in support of strategic planning, culture change and organizational excellence. Working across sectors in business, nonprofit and government organizations, her clients have included: Hewlett-Packard; the Unitarian Universalist Association; IHS; ACT; Hunter Douglas Window Fashions Division; National Security Administration; Goddard Space Flight Center; The Denver Foundation; and the Cities of Boulder, Denver and Longmont, CO; and Boulder County, CO. Her work focuses primarily on strength-based change in the areas of culture transformation, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, leadership development, and business process improvement.

Amanda is also co-author of the best-selling book The Power of Appreciative Inquiry: A Practical Guide to Positive Change (Berrett-Koehler: 2003 and 2010), considered to be the strongest practical guide to Appreciative Inquiry on the market.   Additional publications include Appreciative Leadership: Focus on What Works to Drive Winning Performance and Build a Thriving Organization (McGraw-Hill, 2010); Appreciative Team Development: Positive Questions to Bring Out the Best in Your Team (iUniverse, 2005); the Encyclopedia of Positive Questions – Volume One: Questions to Bring Out the Best at Work (Crown Custom Publishing, 2003 and 2014),; and more than a dozen articles and book chapters.

What Clients Say About Amanda:

Amanda is enormously articulate and a phenomenal listener. She can synthesize and

pull out the themes in the liveliest of discussions. She’s also open and flexible:

able and willing to change course and make adjustments that enable  clients to achieve their goals.”

Harlan Limpert

Chief Operating Officer, Unitarian Universalist Association

“She has deep knowledge of how to advance organizations and institutions, and is

powerfully grounded in real life examples of positive change.”

Linda Laskowski

Retired Fortune 50 Senior Executive, Business Development

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Table of Contents

Tables, Figures, Exhibits

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1: What is Appreciative Inquiry?

Chapter 2: A Menu of Approaches to Appreciative Inquiry

Chapter 3: Eight Principles of Appreciative Inquiry

Chapter 4: Appreciative Inquiry in Action: From Origins to Current Practice

Chapter 5: Getting Started with Appreciative Inquiry

Chapter 6: Affirmative Topic Choice

Chapter 7: Discovery: Appreciative Interviews and More

Chapter 8: Dream: Visions and Voices of the Future

Chapter 9: Design: Giving Form to Values and Ideals

Chapter 10: Destiny: Inspired Action and Improvisation

Chapter 11: Appreciative Inquiry: A Process for Community Planning

Chapter 12: Why Appreciative Inquiry Works

Notes

Index

About the Authors

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Endorsements

"Results from Appreciative Inquiry at Green Mountain Coffee vastly exceeded my expectations. This marvelous book explains the process of AI and shares the excitement. It describes a process that truly will make the world a much better place."

-Bob Stiller, founder and chair, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters


"This is a must-read book for anyone engaged in social change, whether at the individual, family, communal or national level. Not only are we introduced to powerful theoretical ideas, but to practices that are now transforming people's lives around the world."

-Ken Gergen, President, and Mary Gergen, Treasurer and Secretary, The Taos Institute

"The Power of Appreciative Inquiry will inspire you to approach community planning in ways you've never before considered. It will give you the knowledge, tools, and techniques you need to initiate positive and engaging planning processes that will move your community forward."

-Gordon Pedrow, City Manager, Longmont, Colorado (2006 All-America City)


"Appreciative Inquiry had significant and lasting impact as we went through a very large scale transformation of our business and culture. Even the employees that were most negative were "transformed." The Power of Appreciative Inquiry is the handbook for those trying to drive businesses where they need to go during these difficult times."

-Mary Peery, former Senior Vice President, Hewlett Packard Company

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