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Appreciative Inquiry | June 23-26

Sun, June 23, 2013

A Workshop for Leaders and Consultants Engaged in Strategic Improvisation and Organization Transformation

Location: Carmel, California
Faculty: Dr. Frank Barrett, Dr. David Cooperrider

In this workshop Dr. Frank Barrett and Dr. David Cooperrider introduce the theory and practice of Appreciative Inquiry -- a consulting process which grows out of social constructionist thought and its applications to organization transformation. They will also explore the dynamics of strategic improvisation. Special attention will be given to the power of positive questions; the simultaneity of inquiry and change; the function of narrative and metaphor in human systems transformation; how to deal with spiraling vocabularies of human deficit, how to create alignment across functional, generational, cultural and technical boundaries; and how to build global organizing capacity to meet the challenges of the next millennium.

Key steps for undertaking Appreciative Inquiry will be presented and practiced: Topic Choice, Appreciative Interviewing, Crafting Provocative Propositions and Creating and Sustaining an Appreciative Organization Culture. Focus will be placed on specific applications of Appreciative Inquiry including: Large Scale Change, Leadership Development, Mergers and Acquisitions, Employee Involvement and Satisfaction, and Personal High Performance. Illustrations of this constructive approach to organization transformation will be drawn from work with small and large corporations, with communities, and with international organizations addressing global issues of transboundary concern.

Participants will have opportunities to practice key steps in the Appreciative Inquiry Process, to work through case examples of actual Appreciative Inquiry consulting projects, and to develop strategies for introducing Appreciative Inquiry to their organizations.

Attendance for the entire workshop is appreciated.

Schedule of Activities:
3:00pm-6:30pm Session

8:30am-12:00pm Cont Breakfast/Session
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch (provided)
1:00pm-5:00pm Session

8:30am-12:00pm Cont Breakfast/Session
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch (provided)
1:00pm-5:00pm Session

8:30am-12:00pm Cont Breakfast/Session

This Workshop is one of the Taos Institute Workshop Series 2013

Workshop Leaders:
Dr. Frank Barrett is Professor of Management and Organizational Behavior at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey and Faculty Member of Human and Organizational Development at the Fielding Institute. He was Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School 2008-2010. Frank’s most recent research centers around creativity and innovation in social and organizational systems. He has worked in the area of corporate planning, executive coaching, organizational transformation, and culture change. He has consulted to a wide variety of organizations including Ford Motor Manufacturing Division, U. S. Navy, Boeing, Nokia, GE, British Petroleum, Bell South, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, The Foundation for Social Innovation (Moscow), and Price Waterhouse Coopers. He is a co-founder of Appreciative Inquiry Consulting. Frank has written and lectured widely on social constructionism, appreciative inquiry, organizational change, jazz improvisation and organizational learning. He is author of Yes to the Mess: Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz. He is co-author, with Ron Fry, of Appreciative Inquiry: Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Approach to Building Cooperative Capacity. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters including “Generative Metaphor Intervention” (with David Cooperrider) which won the award for best paper from the Organizational Development Division of the Academy of Management in 1988. Frank was co-editor of Appreciative Inquiry and Organizational Transformation, a book of case studies applying appreciative inquiry. Dr. Barrett is also an active jazz pianist. In addition to leading his own trios and quartets, he has traveled extensively in the United States, England, and Mexico with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

Dr. David Cooperrider is Professor of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management. Dr. Cooperrider has served as researcher and consultant to a wide variety of organizations including: American Express, Motorola, GTE, BP America, Teledesic, Roadway Express, Nutrimental, World Vision, Cleveland Clinic, Imagine Chicago and United Way of America. He has been recipient of both the Innovation and the Best Paper of the Year Awards at the Academy of Management, and numerous clients have received awards for their work with Appreciative Inquiry. David's most recent books include Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Revolution in Change (with Diana Whitney), No Limits to Cooperation: The Organization Dimensions of Global Change (with Jane Dutton), Organizational Courage and Executive Wisdom and Appreciative Leadership and Management (both with Suresh Srivastva) and International and Global OD (with Peter Sorenson). David has also been named editor of a new Sage Publication Book Series on the Human Dimensions of Global Change. He is a co-founder of Appreciative Inquiry Consulting.

David Cooperrider will cover the first two phases of Appreciative Inquiry (Discovery and Dream) and Frank Barrett will cover the last two phases (Design and Destiny). David and Frank have been collaborating for 25 years.

For information contact:

Jodi Hayes at Meeting Solutions at
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 831/521-3122.
(or Frank Barrett at [email protected])

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