What you will learn:

Every organization has successes, opportunities, and strengths. And yet, leaders and teams typically focus on asking “what’s wrong?” “what’s not working?” and “what’s missing?” Instead of asking, “what do we do best?” “what’s our core strength?” and “what do we want more of?”, leaders typically seek out and explore problems without realizing that that this problem-focused approach can increase negativity, anxiety, and concern within the organization.

An alternative approach is to shift the focus from problems to possibilities, using a tool called Appreciative Inquiry (AI), which offers a collaborative, strengths-based approach to managing change and challenges.

The process focuses on leveraging an individual’s, a team’s or an organization's core strengths, rather than seeking to overcome or minimize its weaknesses. Participants will: learn what Appreciative Inquiry is and why it works; explore the 5 principles of Appreciative Inquiry, applicable to everyday challenges and opportunities; practice the Appreciative Inquiry process by applying it to a current challenge or opportunity they are facing; and leave with the knowledge and confidence to navigate challenges and change using the AI framework

About the instructor:

Deborah Grayson Riegel is a keynote speaker and consultant who teaches leadership communication for Wharton Business School and Columbia Business School. She is a regular contributor for Harvard Business Review, Inc., Psychology Today, Forbes, and Fast Company. The author of "Overcoming Overthinking: 36 Ways to Tame Anxiety for Work, School, and Life,” she consults and speaks for clients including Amazon, BlackRock, Bloomberg, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, and The United States Army. Her work has been featured in worldwide media, including Bloomberg Businessweek, Oprah Magazine, and The New York Times.
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Suggested Length:60 min(Flexible)
# of Employees: Flexible
Format: Live via Zoom
Available Formats:
  • Keynote Followed by Q&A
  • Lecture with Discussion
  • Interactive Workshop

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