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Learning Appreciative Inquiry to Focus on What Works Well

By March 26, 2014

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Professor John Hayes of Leeds Business School, UK spread his positive message on appreciative inquiryYoutube about appreciative inquiry, a technique that focuses on what is working well in our relationships, the workplace, and life in general. Why is appreciative inquiry relevant in collaboration? "By viewing the world more positively we can try and identify opportunities that can be embraced," says Hayes.

Now there is an app for that. Really, you can learn about appreciative inquiry with the app, Embracing Change, created by published author and expert on appreciative inquiry, Robyn Stratton-Berkessel, and developed by Polymash, Inc. Read: Embracing Change App Helps Discover Your Strengths.

Also, one of my leadership topics  focuses on changing competitive behavior to collaborative leadership. I talked with John Anderson, principal of Glowan, a company specializing in leadership training programs. In particular, this program, Collaborative Advantage™ introduces collaboration into your organization and replaces the competitiveness with collaboration.

These strategies, 10 Ways to Change Competitive Behavior to Collaborative Leadership came out of our discussion that starts with using the technique of appreciative inquiry.

Try appreciative inquiry in your organization to discover what is the best and why, and then explore the possibilities of amplifying the best, says Professor Hayes.

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