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:
- DISCOVER:The identification of organizational processes that work well.
- DREAM:The envisioning of processes that would work well in the future.
- DESIGN:Planning and prioritizing processes that would work well.
- DESTINY(or DEPLOY): The implementation (execution) of the proposed design.
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!