Saturday, August 9, 2008

Appreciative Inquiry & Common Tables - Part 3

This week we continue our look at Appreciative Inquiry - what it is and why it is an important tool for the Common Tables Family to know how to use. Here we wrap up our look at the "Eight Principals of Appreciative Inquiry" by looking at Principals Numbers 6, 7 and 8:

Principal Number 6: The Wholeness Principle - Wholeness Brings Out the Best
  • Wholeness brings out the best in people and organizations.
  • Bringing all stakeholders together in large group forums stimulates creativity and builds collective capactiy.

Principal Number 7: The Enactment Principal - Acting "As If" Is Self-Fulfilling

  • To really make a change, we must "be the change we want to see".
  • Positive change occurs when the process used to create the change is a living model of the ideal future.
Principal Number 8: The Free Choice Principal - Free Choice Liberates Power
  • People perform better and are more committed when they have freedom to choose how and what they contribute.
  • Free choice stimulates organizational excellence and positive change.
NOTE: This material is from the wonderful book The Power of Appreciative Inquiry by Diana Whitney and, a special friend of Common Tables, Amanda Trosten-Bloom.

1 comment:

Sir Hook of Warrick aka "David K Wells" said...

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