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Essence of Appreciative Inquiry Training Workshops

Submitted by  on February 9th, 2013

Sue James and Chris Bennett Appreciative Inquiry WorkshopWell-respected Appreciative Inquiry practitioners, Sue James and Chris Bennett, are conducting their next round of Appreciative Inquiry workshops. They are touring and delivering to all of the capital cities along Australia’s eastern seaboard throughout April and early May 2013.

For those unfamiliar with the tenets of Appreciative Inquiry, it draws upon what we know in positive psychology and about the efficacy of empowerment. It is a particularly powerful approach for bringing about change in organizations.

I participated in The Essence of Appreciative Inquiry two-day workshop in late 2011 and reported on the AI Workshop on this blog. Those of us who attended found the two days to be challenging, inspiring and highly practical. One the first day, we were taken through key concepts and principles underlying Appreciative Inquiry and challenged to examine our own assumptions, world views and approaches. On the second day, we also learned about Appreciative Intelligence® and Kinaesthetic Intelligence, and explored how we could apply these as well as Appreciative Inquiry in our work.

We participated in paired interviews/conversations that were particularly powerful. They enabled us to delve deeply into the topics we were asked to discuss and generated some surprises in the process! The kinaesthetic activities – getting us up and moving – not only re-energized us, but also served as wonderful metaphors for the concepts we covered.

I’m particularly delighted that Sue and Chris are running the workshops again this year. Sue and Chris’ workshops are highly interactive and you walk away with a workbook that is packed with ideas and strategies for applying the principles to your situation. If you are a facilitator, manager, change agent, trainer or HR practitioner, then contact us to find out more about the upcoming workshops. Drop us a line also if you would like to talk to Sue or Chris about the workshops.

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