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We recently¬† conducted a three-hour workshop at a client’s staff retreat using Appreciative Inquiry (AI), a process developed by David Cooperrider in the 80s at Case Western Reserve.¬† This process invites individuals and groups to inquire about the positive, best practices in their organization or system. AI compels group members to appreciate the wholeness of an organization and coaxes them away from problem solving. No problem solving?

Understand that wherever we place our energies, our actions follow. So, if we focus on problem solving, then we will most likely find more problems or amplify what’s broken. Why solely focus on what’s broken when clearly in every system something works? AI helps us ask the critical affirming questions that by answering leverages the stellar aspects of ourselves and our system to create change we seek.

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