Books and Articles
for the Good Stuff... a guide to enjoying and appreciating life
by: Bob New and Kathleen Rich-New
Find out what works and figure out how to do more
That is the basic premise of Appreciative Inquiry, an organizational
development approach used around the world by businesses and non-profits,
community developers and emerging nations, churches and the military.
In Looking for the Good Stuff, experienced O.D. consultants, Bob
New and Kathleen Rich-New, apply this powerful tool to your personal
life. In a series of engaging anecdotes and memorable quotes, they
demonstrate how the principles and assumptions of Appreciative Inquiry
can change your life. Find
out more and order...
Report on Appreciative Inquiry Results
Asking the right questions is critical to solving
problems. As business leaders, you spend your day solving problems
by asking questions. But, you may be seeking the answers to the
wrong question because you have been trained in traditional problem
Traditional problem solving teaches us to find the cause of the
problem and make a diagnosis. We produce page after page of what
is wrong, often finding fault and placing blame along the way. Focusing
on what is wrong with the organization does not lead to increased
cooperation or innovation.
Focusing on what works is the core of Appreciative Inquiry (Ai),
we call it "Looking for the Good Stuff".
at Ground Zero
In July 2002, just 10 months after the attack
on the World trade Center, five thousand residents of lower Manhattan
met at the Jacob Javits Center to express their opinions on the
re-building and a suitable memorial to be placed at the site. Kathleen
was one of the facilitators selected by the organizers, "Listening
to the City". They were looking specifically for facilitators
with skills in Appreciative Inquiry. This is the story of that meeting.
Problem Solving versus Appreciative Inquiry
Give any MBA or business school graduate a case
study and they will come back to you with a 20 page analysis of
what is WRONG with the organization. That is the classical or traditional
problem-solving approach. What if there is a better way? Read all
about it in: "Traditional Problem Solving versus Appreciative
Human Resources Articles by Kathleen Rich-New
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Book Review -
Power of Appreciative Inquiry
-A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO POSITIVE
Diana Whitney and Amanda Trosten-Bloom
"FIVE STARS" - A Must
for any Practitioner's Library
Reviewer: Bob New, Clarity Works!
This book is a must for any OD practitioners library, as
a matter of fact, buy two because you will want one to refer to
while your associates are reading the other one. This book is spot-on
as the definitive work on Appreciative Inquiry. Whenever I mention
Appreciative Inquiry to a client, the first question is "What
is it?" This book tells you ... The next question will inevitably
be, "How do you do it?"
This book tells you...
Diana Whitney and Amanda Trosten-Bloom have done a superb job of
presenting a very high level of informational content, logically
organized, and well documented with cases and vignettes. What sets
this book apart from many other works on the subject, however, is
its readability. They have successfully skirted the academic language
that has detracted from other works. Buy it! Use it! Enjoy it!