Chapter 8Developing Your Appreciative Intelligence

Genius is 5% inspiration and 95% perspiration.—Thomas Edison

Some leaders and innovators seem to be born with high Appreciative Intelligence. Many people we interviewed perceived the positive inherent general potential in the present early on in their lives. They seemed to reframe, appreciate the positive, and see how the future unfolds from the present effortlessly. They exhibited the ensuing qualities of Appreciative Intelligence—persistence, conviction that their actions matter, tolerance for uncertainty, and irrepressible resilience—and reaped the benefits of invention, innovation, creativity, and success at a young age.

Ed Hoffman, who reframed the program that addressed the Challenger ...

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