Reinventing Organizations

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) – Using the Power and Wisdom of Successes

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AI is a philosophy as well as a methodological approach for team and organizational development. It may admit the existence of problems, but the focus it chooses is entirely elsewhere — on the unfolding of group resources and potentials.

There are a few basic assumptions that are at the heart of AI:

  • People and social systems always develop in the direction of their focus and attention.
  • Every human being, every relationship and every system has unsuspected and unused positive potential that comes to light now and then.
  • People face the future with more trust and comfort if they are able to keep something from the past.
  • If we keep something from the past, it should be the best of the past.

The past and present are rich with positive experiences and insights and can be an infinite source for development, performance and success.