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Appreciative Leadership:
Focus on What Works to Drive Winning Performance
and Build a Thriving Organization

The practice 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.

Its premise 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.

Inspiration: 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 performance.

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