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October 20, 2011

the act of appreciation

by Andrea O'Connell

This has been a good but incredibly long day for me.

After work I attended an International Society of for Performance Improvement (ISPI) dinner meeting, and then I had to race home to see Project Runway, and so I’ve only just sat down to write.

I almost skipped writing tonight because I’m so tired, and it’s past my bedtime… I just hate to miss a day of posting.  I want to be able to say that I was able to write a post every single day in 2011… I’m almost there!

Most importantly, I wanted to share what I learned tonight at the ISPI meeting.  The speaker tonight was Dr. Bob Presiosi, and he discussed the theory of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) as it relates to the workplace collaboration and results.

I studied this theory in school, and I enjoyed learning about.  Tonight I realized how it can be applied to our daily lives.  However, because of the time, I won’t delve deeply into the topic, just introduce the big picture.

In essence, the theory simply tells that we are most effective when we focus on our strength’s and passions when leading others.  It’s a process flow, as you can see by the chart on the left.

1). Start with a thought – discover a possibility while focusing on the positive (never the negative).  Once talents are discovered and reinforced, all the positive possibilities should begin to emerge.

2). This is when the vision is tweaked and refined. This is also the time to remember: If you can dream it, you can do it. This is when we dream about what success looks like.

3) Design the dream.  What will success look like in its final form?  How will the dream deliver the result you want to achieve?

4).  Allow what you have created to work.  Let destiny happen.

Isn’t it a nice way to look at things?

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