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Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a positive approach to change that focuses on probing a firm’s best practices and attributes to help achieve organizational success. As its theories and applications are being applied within a growing number of organizations, the results are demonstrating that the AI approach is contributing directly to measurable, bottom-line results.

At the heart of AI theory is the idea that we generate more of what we focus on. This is the same theory that professional athletes engage in when they use positive visualization to see themselves winning their events. A guiding principle of AI then, is: A positive focus tends to deliver a positive effect. This represents a significant divergence from conventional business wisdom, which advocates that the best way to overcome a major challenge is to focus on what’s not working and determine how to improve it or solve the problem. Let’s be honest, focusing on the negative isn’t fun and can feel unproductive – not to mention what it does to morale, especially on a project that’s going very well, yet still has a 10% margin for improvement.

”When you focus on what works and you dream of the possibilities, it’s very inspiring to people,” says Bob Stiller of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. He implemented an extraordinarily effective AI based change campaign within his organization which was ultimately responsible for roughly a 7% reduction in gross costs. What his team was able to do was tap into the organization’s positive core – the collective wisdom, knowledge, strategies, skills, and capabilities of the organization at its best. Our AI program component is designed with the same intent; to help groups tap into their positive core and apply the best of their best practices. Discovering what it is that you do well never felt so productive! Combine our AI program with a Group Juggling session for the perfect experiential component to demonstrate AI’s immediate effectiveness!

“We identified the one best path in each process, and asked, ‘Why don’t we do this with everything?’” ~ Bob Britt