Appreciative Inquiry

Organizations can be thought of as living beings made up of the individuals working within it. Appreciative Inquiry has the ability to change the whole organization by changing the people. Through positive questioning people will be directed to move in a positive direction.

Recognizing the strengths and values of what works as opposed to what’s wrong will transform the individuals and thus transform the organization.

Appreciative Inquiry is a shift from looking at problems and deficiencies and focusing on strengths and successes. It is a tool for organizational change and it will strengthen relationships. Who doesn’t like to share good positive stores and events? Think about it.

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Know the meaning of appreciative inquiry
  • Think in positive terms and avoid thinking negatively
  • Encourage others to think positively
  • Recognize positive attributes in people
  • Create positive imagery
  • Manage and guide employees in a positive environment

Course Outline:

Module One: Getting Started

Housekeeping Items

The Parking Lot

Workshop Objectives


Action Plans and Evaluations

Module Two: Introducing Appreciative Inquiry

What is Appreciative Inquiry?

Generating a Better Future

Engaging People in Positive Thought

Change the Person, Change the Organization

Case Study

Module Three: Changing the Way You Think

Shifting from “What’s Wrong?” to “What’s Right”?

It’s Not Eliminating Mistakes, It’s Holding Up Successes

Positive Language Will Affect Peoples Thinking

Limit or Remove Negative Phrasing

Case Study

Module Three: Review Questions

Module Four: Four D model





Case Study

Module Four: Review Questions

Module Five: The Four I Model





Case Study

Module Five: Review Questions

Module Six: Appreciative Inquiry Interview Style

Framing Positive Questions

Solicit Positive Stories

Finding Out What Works

Recognize the Reoccurring Themes

Case Study

Module Six: Review Questions

Module Seven: Anticipatory Reality

Imagining a Successful Future Will Affect the Present

Controlling Negative Anticipation

Current Decisions Will Be Influenced Positively

Base It on Data and Real Examples

Case Study

Module Seven: Review Questions

Module Eight: The Power of Positive Imagery

Shaping Performance with Positive Imagery

Being Better Prepared for Adversity

People are More Flexible and Creative

Think of the Perfect Situation

Case Study

Module Nine: Influencing Change Through AI

Using Strengths to Solve Challenges

Confidence Will Promote Positive Change

Inquiry is a Seed of Change

People Will Gravitate Towards What is Expected of Them

Case Study

Module Nine: Review Questions

Module Ten: Coaching and Managing With AI

Build Around What Works

Focus on Increases

Recognize the Best in People

Limit or Remove Negative Comments

Case Study

Module Ten: Review Questions

Module Eleven: Creating a Positive Core


Best Practices

Peak Experiences


Case Study

Module Eleven: Review Questions

Module Twelve: Wrapping Up

Words from the Wise

Review of Parking Lot

Lessons Learned

Completion of Action Plans and Evaluations