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The Benefits of Building Relationships With Appreciative Inquiry

The Benefits of Building Relationships With Appreciative Inquiry

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Appreciative inquiry, when applied to human relationships,
brings out the best in people,
builds enduring emotional bonds
and lays the groundwork for quality engagements.
Appreciative inquiry, when applied to human relationships,
brings out the best in people,
builds enduring emotional bonds
and lays the groundwork for quality engagements.

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The Benefits of Building Relationships with Appreciative Inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry, when applied to human relationships, brings out the best in people builds enduring emotional bonds and lays the groundwork for quality engagements. The Appreciative Inquiry model is normally applied to systems, projects and individual issues to achieve positive outcomes. We’ve focused the model on human relationships which are always a key component of Appreciative inquiry but not always the subject of the inquiry. Appreciative Inquiry brings out the best in people. It is the opposite of problem-solving, and critical inquiry. What we focus on, we emphasize and amplify. Asking unconditional positive questions brings out the best in people. Appreciative Inquiry builds enduring emotional bonds. Knowing we are valued and your contributions, right or wrong, have meaning, encourages us to show up with positive intent. To listen to others and provide our responses in We are willing to be less critical of others because others are less critical of us.

Appreciative Inquiry Lays the groundwork for quality engagement. Practicing Appreciative Inquiry as part of the culture creates an environment where people are willing to offer more diverse suggestions. Confident that others will seek to understand rather than shoot down an idea that deviates from the status quo. The following definition of Appreciative Inquiry is from: http://appreciativeinquiry.case.edu/intro/whatisai.cfm “Appreciative Inquiry is the cooperative search for the best in people, their organizations, and the world around them. It involves systematic discovery of what gives a system ‘life’ when it is most effective and capable in economic, ecological, and human terms. AI involves the art and practice of asking questions that strengthen a system’s capacity to heighten positive potential. It mobilizes inquiry through crafting an “unconditional positive question’ often involving hundreds or sometimes thousands of people.” Cooperrider, D.L. & Whitney, D., “Appreciative Inquiry: A positive revolution in change.” In P. Holman & T. Devane (eds.), The Change Handbook, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., pages 245-263. Ap-pre’ci-ate, v., 1. valuing; the act of recognizing the best in people or the world around us; affirming past and present strengths, successes, and potentials; to perceive those things that give life (health, vitality, excellence) to living systems 2. to increase in value, e.g. the economy has appreciated in value. Synonyms: VALUING, PRIZING, ESTEEMING, and HONORING. In-quire’(kwir), v., 1. the act of exploration and discovery. 2. To ask questions; to be open to seeing new potentials and possibilities. Synonyms: DISCOVERY, SEARCH, and SYSTEMATIC EXPLORATION, STUDY.

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We promote the evolution and adoption of soft skills to improve individual accomplishment and collective engagement. In a world redefined by digital connectivity, we all benefit by becoming socially proficient in our professional communications and informal conversations. Integrated into our learning modules are the values, principles and a guiding ethos that create organizational cultures that place human values in the forefront.

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