Focus on What Works to Drive Winning Performance
and Build a Thriving Organization
of leadership is on the brink of a paradigm shift. It is moving from
authoritarian to collaborative practices, from fear- based to
strengths- based relationships, and from talking at people to dialoguing with
them. A transformation is taking place in the field of organizational
management and Appreciative Leadership is the vanguard book, providing clear
concepts and practical tools.
is simple yet profound: Instead of focusing on what’s wrong in the workplace,
learn about and build upon what works. The authors have developed five
strategies to inspire extraordinary performance:
Inquiry: Asking positively powerful questions - turn
problems into positive questions. Rather than ask "How can we reduce employee
turnover” the question should be "How can we improve upon employee retention.”
Illumination: Bringing out the best of people is potent
positive power—shining a light on people’s strengths creates momentum and paves
paths for ongoing high performance.
Inclusion: Including multiple voices and opinions not previously
heard in the conversation reveals new insights and fuels innovation.
Showing the path forward and inspiring hope fosters
pride and commitment across all levels.
Integrity: Going beyond truth and honesty by being in
service to the whole and a steward of the best interests of the whole is the
trump card of the five strategies, and key to harnessing positive power.
About the Authors
Diana Whitney Ph.D. is President of Corporation for Positive Change, an
international consulting firm specializing in the application of Appreciative
Inquiry – the revolutionary process she helped develop and spread – to resolve
the most pressing challenges of our time.
Amanda Trosten-Bloom is Managing
Director of Corporation for Positive Change, a widely acclaimed consultant,
master trainer and energizing speaker. She is a pioneer in the use of
Appreciative Inquiry for high engagement, whole system change in business,
nonprofit and community settings.
Kae Rader is President of
Rader Consulting, a Consulting Partner with Corporation for Positive Change and
an IMC member. Kae works with leadership teams to build collaborative cultures,
formulate strategy, and develop operating plans that drive and reward