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Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT) Heading to San Diego

Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT) Heading to San Diego | Words Create Worlds - Appreciative Inquiry | Scoop.it
Get certified as an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator! Appreciative Inquiry is a generative way to energize the creative best in people & their organizations. This training provides the skills needed to facilitate appreciative inquiry sessions in all human systems and includes mini-lectures, experiential learning, & auditory and visual materials.
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Our certified Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Program is headed to San Diego. Get some sun and join the fun in this 4-day intensive training about using our collective strengths to ignite change.
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Ai Online Debut: Appreciative Andragogy

Ai Online Debut: Appreciative Andragogy | Words Create Worlds - Appreciative Inquiry | Scoop.it
Online (or distance) learning continues to experience exponential growth in both the private and public sectors – attracting millions of learners as organizations and institutions extend their online reach by offering an array of virtual certifications, courses, and degrees. With the increased demand for online learning, instructors have had to quickly adapt their communication methods, teaching style, and instructional materials to this new, virtual environment. The challenge for most instructors is being able to help their students feel ‘connected’ to their class and to the instructor.

In online classrooms, learners are known primarily through their discussion posts and messages, which means an instructor may not learn much about them if they are not actively involved in the class – and that makes understanding their developmental needs and academic issues much more challenging. Maintaining excellence in online teaching therefore becomes a responsibility for instructors, during the best and worst of classroom circumstances.

What Appreciative Andragogy does is help instructors see their students from a broader perspective and learn more about their strengths so they can build from them. This is not to say that developmental issues should not be addressed, but it can be addressed from a positive perspective which will help to create a collaborative spirit as instructors and learners work together to improve their performance, motivation, and engagement in the class.
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The Center for Appreciative Inquiry is proud to announce its Ai Online Debut: "Appreciative Andragogy: Take the Distance out of Distance Learning". A 12-week online course delivered by Dr. Bruce Johnson
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How far do you model and support 'being in the question' in your OD practice?

How far do you model and support 'being in the question' in your OD practice? | Words Create Worlds - Appreciative Inquiry | Scoop.it
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Ever come across a question or statement that made you stop in your tracks? Today while browsing LinkedIn, Nick Wright, a Leadership & OD Coach, posed the question, "How far do you model and support 'being in the question' in your OD practice?"

In this article, one statement stuck out for me, "Posing a question is the act of projecting an inquiry outwards. By contrast, being in the question is about our own presence, attitude and stance – a spirit of humility, openness and curiosity – and a willingness to invite challenge."

What are your thoughts? How do you model 'being in the question' for others?
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Ten Things That Happen When Kids Engage in Design Thinking – John Spencer

Ten Things That Happen When Kids Engage in Design Thinking – John Spencer | Words Create Worlds - Appreciative Inquiry | Scoop.it
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10 things that happen when kids engage in Design Thinking; do you know what they are?
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Positively Deviant

Positively Deviant | Words Create Worlds - Appreciative Inquiry | Scoop.it
I learned the power of positive deviants early in my Continuous Improvement career through one of my first coaches. He told the story of an improvement effort he was a part of, that is a great example
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In Appreciative Inquiry, we talk about Positive Deviants & the important role they play in any change effort. Here's a great example about the use of positive deviants for process improvement.
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Let Go of What Made Your Company Great

Let Go of What Made Your Company Great | Words Create Worlds - Appreciative Inquiry | Scoop.it
How to selectively forget the past.
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Interesting read... When working with clients, we may encounter resistance from individuals who do not believe things need to change. Have you, when working with clients, ever heard, "But we've been doing it this way for the past 20 years..."

This article suggests that we get too comfortable with what made our organization great -- that we may become complacent -- no longer seeing the need to innovate. What this author proposes is, 'Before you can create, you must first forget.' Thoughts?
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How We Talk About Problems In Appreciative Inquiry

I find many clients are initially doubtful about the effectiveness of talking about success rather than the problem or issue which is on their mind. I
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When introducing Ai to a group, it is not uncommon for someone to raise concerns that Appreciative Inquiry seems to ignore the problems, but Sara Lewis does an amazing job explaining that problems can and are addressed using Appreciative Inquiry; we (Ai Practitioners) just approach the problem from a different perspective. Loved this video. Enjoy!
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The happy secret to better work

The happy secret to better work | Words Create Worlds - Appreciative Inquiry | Scoop.it
We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.
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Keep Stoking the Positivity -- Our Future Depends On It

In a presidential campaign marked by bitter and often gratuitous negativity, Barack Obama campaigned on hope, painting the possibility of a bette
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While this is an older article the timing couldn't be more perfect! As the US enters its Presidential Election, this article is an important reminder to invite and cultivate the positive that surrounds us.
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7 Reasons Why Emotional Intelligence Is One Of The Fastest-Growing Job Skills

7 Reasons Why Emotional Intelligence Is One Of The Fastest-Growing Job Skills | Words Create Worlds - Appreciative Inquiry | Scoop.it
Here's why hiring managers say they often value emotional intelligence more highly than IQ.
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People often overlook the need to develop their "soft skills" yet more hiring managers say they value Emotional Intelligence (‪#‎EQ‬) more highly than ‪#‎IQ‬ - here's why...
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Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT)

Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT) | Words Create Worlds - Appreciative Inquiry | Scoop.it
Get certified as an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator! Beyond being an organizational development process, Appreciative Inquiry is a generative way to energize the creative best in people and their organizations. This 4-day training will provide the skills necessary to facilitate appreciative inquiry sessions in all human systems (large and small).
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Just added: Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT) Certification course scheduled in Florida, February 21-24, 2017. We would love to have you join us.
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Four Reasons Why The Most Successful People Are Great Collaborators

Specialized knowledge doesn't go very far all on its own.
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We cannot succeed very long working in a silo; in fact, we learn more & apply new insights better when we #collaborate with one another
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How Happy Brains Respond to Negative Things - Mindful

How Happy Brains Respond to Negative Things - Mindful | Words Create Worlds - Appreciative Inquiry | Scoop.it
Recent research provides a whole new understanding of the brain's amygdala—and suggests that happy people take the bad with the good.
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New research provides a better understanding on how happy brains respond to negative things. According to research, the happiest people don’t ignore threats; They just might be better at seeing the good. #AppreciativeInquiry
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The Center for Appreciative Inquiry @Center_for_AI

The Center for Appreciative Inquiry @Center_for_AI | Words Create Worlds - Appreciative Inquiry | Scoop.it
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What touches your heart? What moves or inspires you to do your best?
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Are you using the right practices for the future you want to create?

Are you using the right practices for the future you want to create? | Words Create Worlds - Appreciative Inquiry | Scoop.it
Sustainability isn’t a problem to be solved. It’s a future to be co-created — and the only way to get to where we want to go, is to paint a…
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Disruptive #innovation isn’t a problem to be solved. It’s a future to be co-created — and the only way to get to where we want to go, is to paint a picture of a world that pulls us forward.
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It’s all about the Question – Coaching Tips from Appreciative Inquiry - International Coach Academy

It’s all about the Question – Coaching Tips from Appreciative Inquiry - International Coach Academy | Words Create Worlds - Appreciative Inquiry | Scoop.it
Coaching is a strengths-based way of bringing about change and growth. In this way, it has a strong alignment and connection to the field of Appreciative Inquiry (AI). Appreciative Inquiry encourages us to notice and specifically identify what is working and what is strong in ourselves and in our organizations.
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Appreciative inquiry and coaching are quite similar in the fact that questions we ask are fateful. "Coaches do not enter a coaching relationship with the belief that their clients are broken, but with the belief that their clients have limitless potential and can achieve great things."

How might you use Ai in your conversations to uncover the limitless potential of those around you?
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Features of Co-Created Change

Features of Co-Created Change | Words Create Worlds - Appreciative Inquiry | Scoop.it
Co-created change differs in its process and effects from imposed change. Whole-system change methodologies such as Appreciative Inquiry and World Café facilitate co-created change.
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As Ai Professionals, we have seen firsthand how strength-based approaches to change (i.e. Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space and World Cafe) invite everyone's voice to be included as part of the change effort- resulting in a shared vision of a preferred future. The energy in the room is palpable and sustainable – resulting in real change that is both meaningful and measurable.

How drastically does this differ from change that is imposed from the top down? Sarah Lewis shares the differences between co-created change versus imposed change in this amazing LinkedIn article. What else might you add to this list?
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4 Key Concepts for Excellent Coaching Outcomes

4 Key Concepts for Excellent Coaching Outcomes | Words Create Worlds - Appreciative Inquiry | Scoop.it
A client asked me the other day what my conceptual approach to executive coaching was. I must admit I had to think about this for awhile. Here are a few key concepts that came to my mind. Effective
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How can you measure the impact or ROI of Coaching? This Executive Coach shares his 4 Key Concepts for Excellent Coaching Outcomes
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PoP 140 | Appreciative Inquiry an Interview with TED speaker Robyn Stratton-Berkessel - Private Practice Consultants | Practice of the Practice

PoP 140 | Appreciative Inquiry an Interview with TED speaker Robyn Stratton-Berkessel - Private Practice Consultants | Practice of the Practice | Words Create Worlds - Appreciative Inquiry | Scoop.it
Appreciative Inquiry is all about finding the very best in people and organizations. Robyn walks us through what appreciative inquiry looks like in business, management, and life. 
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Robyn Stratton-Berkessel, an Ai Practitioner and friend, interviews leaders who inspire the best in others which she captures in her amazing podcasts . This time, the tables have turned and she is being interviewed. During her interview, she shares her experience with Appreciative Inquiry and what it looks like in business, management and life. Please enjoy!
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A Little Gratitude Goes a Long Way

A Little Gratitude Goes a Long Way | Words Create Worlds - Appreciative Inquiry | Scoop.it
 “You may never have proof of your importance, but you are more important than you think. There are always those who couldn’t do without you. The rub is that you don’t always know who.” That little
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A field study into the 'Gratitude Effect' proves a little gratitude goes a long way...
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How and why to use appreciative inquiry in change

How and why to use appreciative inquiry in change | Words Create Worlds - Appreciative Inquiry | Scoop.it
As we drive change in our business it serves to use appreciative inquiry to discover what has worked in the past, and what we are good at. Here’s why.
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The Power of the Pause - Switch & Shift

The Power of the Pause - Switch & Shift | Words Create Worlds - Appreciative Inquiry | Scoop.it
Our proposal is simple: before you engage, consider the use of the pause button to indulge in some structured, clear thinking.
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"We enter into conversations pressured to produce, without the requisite mindset that draws on inquiry for fresh and relevant outcomes." How often do you activate the power of 'the pause' in your work?
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Art of Hosting - Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT)

Art of Hosting - Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT) | Words Create Worlds - Appreciative Inquiry | Scoop.it
Get certified as an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator! Beyond being an organizational development process, Appreciative Inquiry is a generative way to energize the creative best in people and their organizations.
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The Skeptic's Guide To Visualizing Career Success

The Skeptic's Guide To Visualizing Career Success | Words Create Worlds - Appreciative Inquiry | Scoop.it
"Visualization" sometimes feels cheesy. This exercise can help you take your goals out of the clouds and put them in action here on earth.
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We often say, "I want to be successful" or 'I hope I'm successful" - but have you taken a moment to define what 'success' means to you? The definition of 'success', as we know, varies from person to person.

How will you know if you have achieved success or are successful without clearly defining 'success' beforehand?

The more specific you are in defining what 'success' means to you, the easier it will be to design ways to live out your definition of 'success' (e.g. what does it look like? Feel like? What are you doing specifically? Who will be your champions? How will you celebrate?). Appreciative Inquiry is a great tool to help you begin to define, dream, design, and achieve 'success'.

How have you used Ai to help you (or allowed you to help others) define/achieve/maintain 'success'?
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The Neuroscience of Storytelling [Infographic]

The Neuroscience of Storytelling [Infographic] | Words Create Worlds - Appreciative Inquiry | Scoop.it
Great storytelling is an integral part of leadership. To get your team on board and impassioned about your vision, you need to tell a story they believe in.
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#Neuroscience of Storytelling: did you know facts/numbers activate 2 regions of your brain, but STORIES activate 7?
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