Appreciation + Inquiry = Positive ChangeAdapted from The Power of Appreciative Inquiry, 2nd Edition
Diana Whitney and Amanda Trosten-Bloom
Like hydrogen and oxygen that combine to make water, appreciation and inquiry combined produce a powerful, vital approach to leadership and organization change.
Appreciation is about recognition, valuing and gratitude:
- Recognizing the best in people and the world around us;
- Perceiving that which gives life, health, vitality and excellence to living human systems;
- Affirming past and present strengths, successes, assets and potentials;
- Increasing in value
Experience has shown us that organizations, businesses and communities can benefit from appreciation. Most people want to work from their strengths on tasks they find of value. Executives and managers long to lead from their values: they seek ways to integrate their strengths and interests into their daily work.
Inquiry is rigorous process of exploration and discovery:
- Asking questions;
- Searching, exploring, delving into or investigating.
It calls for sincere curiosity and openness to new possibilities, new directions and new understandings and a willingness to learn and change.
Appreciative Inquiry is a process to discover the best of what’s been,
envision what might be, and mobilize to make it happen.