Baby steps, Courageous Actions – The Principle of Enactment

The Principle of Enactment implies it’s fine to start change with baby steps; to try on new behaviors and test them out to see what works and what doesn’t. It means bringing new ideas and behaviors into your way of being and doing.

Community Strengths and What Makes Us Human, With Jean-Louis Lamboray – PS015

Our guest, Dr. Jean-Louis Lamboray, is Co-founder of Constellation, a non-profit global community development organization. Jean Louis’ passion is to stimulate local responses where people realize their strengths, their collective capacities and begin to take action toward their dreams. It’s a strength-based, positive approach with the emphasis on experience, practice and people doing it for themselves.

Intention + Effort = Results

It seems a no-brainer, or a BFO in my vernacular (Blinding Flash of the Obvious): You set an intention, you put effort into it, and results follow. Change requires Effort Truth test: when you set your sights on something, and it requires you to change a behavior or practice; or you set a new course […]

A Gift Received

“If you want to go fast, go alone If you want to go far, go with others” ~ African Proverb I received a gift last week. I have been basking in the glow of the support I received from my professional community, my colleagues, my friends, and friends of friends, and strangers.  Not only did […]

Importance of Stories

Telling Stories and Constructing Narratives We are all storytellers with our own stories to tell. We depend on a regular narrative to help us navigate through our days. We tell each other stories every day: at home with our families, at work with our colleagues and clients, at play with our mates, and in romance […]

“The Optimism of Uncertainty”

I'm reminded increasingly these days of this quote by Howard Zinn, (1922 – 2010) historian, activist, professor.  It comes from his article, “The Optimism of Uncertainty”. If you do a search on this article, you'll find it referenced in a number of places, for example:  The Nation on September 2, 2004. “We don't have to […]

What Excites You?

“What are you excited about?” I love the question.  In my practice of Appreciative Inquiry, we say  it's the question that starts the change process.  A powerfully affirmative question inspires us to share stories about the successes and strengths I already know about and can celebrate.  Moreover, the question leads me to focus on what […]

The New Paradigm Life

The response to the following question Michelle James put to Annalie Killian, resonates loudly. (Link to the full interview below) Q: What do you see as the New Paradigm of Work? Killian: The new paradigm is about Life. One life, and work is part of that life and increasingly these two blend like fluids. Much […]

Appreciative Inquiry in Action: How to Get a Free New York City Cab Ride

The questions we ask determine the results we find. When we live in inquiry, we learn all sorts of weird and wonderful things. We learn what excites and motivates people; we learn what's important to them and what they care about; we learn about what they do well and are proud of; and we can […]

Stunning Examples of Appreciative Inquiry Principles

Examples of Appreciative Inquiry Principles Aimee Mullens gives such a powerful and moving TED talk. Her examples of Appreciative Inquiry Principles are evident in her story.  She opens with examples of the Constructionist Principle: how words create worlds and the role we all play in co-creating our realities and defining each other. She advocates the […]