CHAPTER 1What Is Appreciative Inquiry?

We are no longer surprised when clients ask, “Appreciative what? What do you mean by Appreciative Inquiry?” After all, the words are a somewhat unusual, if not paradoxical, addition to a business vocabulary that revolves around strategy, structure, problems, and profits. After learning more about the power and potential of Appreciative Inquiry, however, our clients declare, “We want to do Appreciative Inquiry, but we will definitely have to call it something different for it to catch on in our organization.”

Appreciative Inquiry is the study of what gives life to human systems when they function at their best. This approach to personal change and organization change is based on the assumption that questions ...

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