Sunshine and Unicorns?

Appreciative Inquiry:

Appreciative inquiry attempts to use ways of asking questions and envisioning the future in order to foster positive relationships and build on the present potential of a given person, organization or situation. The most common model utilizes a cycle of four processes, which focus on what it calls:

  1. DISCOVER:The identification of organizational processes that work well.
  2. DREAM:The envisioning of processes that would work well in the future.
  3. DESIGN:Planning and prioritizing processes that would work well.
  4. DESTINY(or DEPLOY): The implementation (execution) of the proposed design.[15]

I use appreciative inquiry during

  • Performance reviews, focus on the positive, focus on what that individual does everyday to make a difference.
  • Job interviews, I ask how I would know that I am doing a great job. What does a great job look like? Ask a prospective employee what does the applicant see as a great performance?
  • At work, I ask daily of my co-workers,- what is the best thing that happened to them last week, today.. etc.
  • At school, read the rubric, connect with the instructor, seek feedback, find out what a 5/5 looks like.
  • At home, ask your spouse, what was the best thing that happened to them today.
  • Bring the concept of positivity back into your life… it works!


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