Encyclopedia of Positive Questions, 2nd Ed. by Diana Whitney, Amanda Trosten-Bloom, David Cooperrider, Brian S. Kaplin
As I have written elsewhere:
Inquiry is… the Experience of Mystery
We live in world’s our questions create. One of the things almost all sustainability designers, entrepreneurs, do is ask inspired questions. And it can be learned. In many ways, the art of leadership is the art of the question. But not just any kind of question. Its about questions that help us see possibility and opportunity–what’s best and what works, and what’s next and what’s possible. These are not problematizing questions (what’s wrong) but are based on appreciative inquiry into the true, the good, the better and the possible. Its about possibility science where an “N” of one shows that its possible. As Professor Langer at Harvard once said: “if you can teach one dog to yodel, then you know dogs can yodel.”
Here is the second edition of a book my colleagues and I have updated. It is so clear to me that organizations become what they study, what they ask questions about, most frequently and authentically. That’s why this site is focused on Business as An Agent of World Benefit. Its not an answer, but a question: where is it happening; what were the root causes of success; how might we emulated the lessons; and how might we use exceptional stories to inspire next generation innovation?
This handbook on the power of positive questions has implications for every aspect of a business–measurement systems, customer focus groups, quality management, mergers, team building, performance appraisal, surveys, design thinking, sustainable innovation, change management–indeed everywhere we ask questions or gather data. But the importance of the Appreciative Inquiry approach goes beyond business to include family life and relationships. The 2nd Edition organized sample questions into nine areas for positive organizational impact. The 2nd Edition expands the usefulness of the book by adding fourteen complete interview guides, each related to one positive impact area. All of them were created and have been successfully used by colleagues and clients, from the United Nations to Hunter Douglas,
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