Appreciative Inquiry Workshop Overview:

Appreciative inquiry focuses on finding the best in people and how they use it to function in their work and everyday life. Through appreciative inquiry, an employer uses the art of asking questions and opinions to strengthen the system as a whole, creating a more positive environment and heightening employee potential. This approach is designed to focus less on negativity and criticism, and utilize personal design and encourage discovery.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Know the meaning of appreciative inquiry
  • Think in positive terms and avoid thinking negatively
  • Encourage others to think positively
  • Recognize positive attributes in people
  • Create positive imagery
  • Manage and guide employees in a positive environment

Course Module:

Module One: Getting Started

  • Workshop Objectives
  • Pre-Assignment

Module Two: Introducing Appreciative Inquiry

  • What is Appreciative Inquiry?
  • Generating a Better Future
  • Engaging People in Positive Thought
  • Change the Person, Change the Organization
  • Case Study

Module Two: Review Questions

Module Three: Changing the Way You Think

  • Shifting from “What’s Wrong?” to “What’s Right?”
  • It’s Not Eliminating Mistakes-It’s Holding up Successes
  • Positive Language Will Affect People’s Thinking
  • Limit or Remove Negative Phrasing
  • Case Study

Module Three: Review Questions

Module Four: Four D Model

  • Discovery
  • Dream
  • Design
  • Delivery
  • Case Study

Module Four: Review Questions

Module Five: Four I Model

  • Initiate
  • Inquire
  • Imagine
  • Innovate
  • Case Study

Module Five: Review Questions

Module Six: Appreciative Inquiry Interview Style

  • Framing Positive Questions
  • Solicit Positive Stories
  • Finding What Works
  • Recognize the Reoccurring Themes
  • Case Study

Module Six: Review Questions

Module Seven: Anticipatory Reality

  • Imagining a Successful Future Will Affect the Present
  • Controlling Negative Anticipation
  • Current Decisions Will Be Influenced Positively
  • Base It on Data and Real Examples
  • Case Study

Module Seven: Review Questions

Module Eight: The Power of Positive Imagery

  • Shaping Performance with Positive Imagery
  • Being Better Prepared for Adversity
  • People are More Flexible and Creative
  • Think of the Perfect Situation
  • Case Study

Module Eight: Review Questions

Module Nine: Influencing Change Through Appreciative Inquiry

  • Using Strengths to Solve Challenges
  • Confidence Will Promote Positive Change
  • Inquiry is a Seed of Change
  • People Will Gravitate Towards What is Expected of Them
  • Case Study

Module Nine: Review Questions

Module Ten: Coaching and Managing With Appreciative Inquiry

  • Build Around What Works
  • Focus on Increases
  • Recognize the Best in People
  • Limit or Remove Negative Comments
  • Case Study

Module Ten: Review Questions

Module Eleven: Creating a Positive Core

  • Strengths
  • Best Practices
  • Peak Experiences
  • Successes
  • Case Study

Module Eleven: Review Questions

Module Twelve: Wrapping Up

  • Words from the Wise