Finding Energy for Positive Change will Boost your Productivity

First discover and focus on what works and existing assets. When weaknesses and faults enter the conversation; they get addressed – from a different place.

How To Facilitate Lasting Change, with Alan Kay – PS012

Robyn Stratton-Berkessel, Positivity Strategist Host and Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner, and her guest Alan Kay, Solution Focused facilitator, exchange views and stories about these two change methodologies which are similar, yet distinct. Both approaches hold the premise that in any system, human or otherwise, there are many things that work well already, and that’s the best play to start any change initiative. It’s much more energizing and lasting to have the members of an organization identify their own capacities and come up with their own solutions than have an outside consultant do it for them.

Appreciative Inquiry Across Contexts, Cultures and Generations with Linda Quarles – PS007

In this special conversation with Linda Quarles we span the globe and a spectrum of applying Appreciative Inquiry from Global Corporations, to a school in China, to around the dining table at home in the US and visiting the exquisite Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

Joy in Pakistan, And Undertold Stories with Cathy Joseph – PS006

In this episode, my special guest is my most wonderful friend and colleague, Cathy Joseph. Cathy has much to share about her life with appreciative inquiry. She has recently returned from an amazing project in Islambad, Pakistan. Cathy shares the joy of her project in Pakistan and taunts us with the beginnings of undertold stories.

Strength-based Business Education with Dr Lindsey Godwin – PS005

In this episode, my brilliant guest is Dr. Lindsey Godwin. Lindsey is a scholar and a truly global Practitioner. We talk about innovative, strength-based business education for students and business people that Dr. Godwin continues to initiate, as well as her multiple successful partnerships in linking business and education across the world.

The Power of Positive Questions

The power of positive questions was the topic of my interview on the Greatness Zone with host, Jay Forte.  Jay's work is to provide talent and strength-based tools to help people live extraordinary lives, so we had a good affinity. Jay had seen my TEDxNavesink talk, Playful Inquiry – Try this Anywhere  and simply loved my opening […]

Change the Narrative for Culture Change

The CEO of a multimillion dollar company was in the office building elevator one day going down to lunch from his executive suite on level 77. Several floors down three employees stepped into the same elevator all very engaged in a conversation. They paid no attention to him – the CEO – standing in the elevator.

As the elevator door closed with its three new occupants, he quickly became aware, their conversation was a series of complaints and grievances about the company of which he was CEO and founder.

Highlights from an Appreciative Inquiry Summit

The summit exceeded expectations. The design and planning teams, and the participants all shared a sense that we had done the best we could do and it felt amazing. This feedback sums it up: “We’ve hit the reset button and it’s hard to go back.”

Appreciating All Generations – Intergenerational Dialog

What are the stereotypes we attach to the different generations? Is there a lack of intergenerational dialog? If you were to generalize, how might you complete these sentences?  Old people are. . . .Young people are. . . . If you have difficulty generalizing, that’s a good thing, as we are all unique and different. […]

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 […]