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Chapter 1: An Invitation to the Positive Revolution in Change

Cooperrider, David; Whitney, Diana D. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is, as Professor Robert Quinn at University of Michigan has recently written,“creating a positive revolution in the field of organization development and change management.”1 Why? One clue lies in how AI turns the practice of change management inside out. It proposes, quite bluntly, that organizations are not, at their core, problems to be solved. Just the opposite. Every organization was created as a solution designed in its own time to meet a challenge or satisfy a need of society.

Even more fundamentally, organizations are centers of vital connections and life-giving potentials: relationships, partnerships, alliances, and ever-expanding webs of knowledge and action that are capable of harnessing the power of combinations of strengths. Founded upon this lifecentric view of organizations, AI offers a positive, strengths-based approach to organization development and change management.

Management guru Peter Drucker commented in a recent interview,“The task of organizational leadership is to create an alignment of strengths in ways that make a system’s weaknesses irrelevant.”Could it be, as Drucker implies, that leading change is all about strengths? Why would strength connected to strength create positive change? What would it mean to create an entire change methodology around an economy and ecology of strengths? Where would we—as managers, facilitators, and change leaders—start? What might be the steps and stages of positive change? What about unique skills? How could the discovery and fusion of strengths elevate and extend a system’s capacity to adapt, learn, and create upward spirals of performance, development, and energizing growth?

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