Diana Whitney

Diana Whitney
Taos Institute

Ph.D.

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April 1993 - February 2016
Taos Institute
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  • Founder

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This chapter provides an overview of Appreciative Inquiry: a high engagement, fully affirmative, process for positive organization and community change – in essence, a process of positive action research. We will describe and demonstrate with a case example three key aspects of AI. One: it is appreciative, with a positive bias, beginning with a stu...
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The world has changed, the questions challenging leadership have changed, and hence the nature of leadership must change. This article introduces Appreciative Leadership, a repertoire of life-affirming, relational strategies and practices to address the challenges of the 21st century.
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If we listen carefuIly, we can hear the voices of organisations ar6und the worid crying out: make up your mind, what do you want us to be? Hierarchies are out, networks are in. Structure is out, values are in. Pay for performance is out, pay for knowledge is in. Bosses are out, customers are in. Tbtal quality is in, now it is out, re-engineering is...
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The practice of leadership is on the brink of a paradigm shift as it moves from authoritarian to collaborative, from talking at people to engaging in dialogue with them. The command-and-control leadership style learned decades ago no longer works. Appreciative leadership is what is needed for a new generation. Five practices, based on what people s...
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In the 20 years since its inception, Appreciative Inquiry (AI) has become recognized as a viable process for applied large‐scale change in fields ranging from business, to education, to health care and government. This paper offers the proposition that managers and leaders seeking to work from a consciously spiritual perspective can draw upon AI as...
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Diana Whitney's paper addresses three questions essential to anyone contemplating work at the scale of a strength-based organization: What is organization design? What is life-affirming organization design? How do Appreciative Inquiry processes enhance the life-affirming qualities of designing organizations? Contrasting traditional (i.e. modern) de...
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Diana Whitney's paper addresses three questions essential to anyone contemplating work at the scale of a strength-based organization: What is organization design? What is life-affirming organization design? How do Appreciative Inquiry processes enhance the life-affirming qualities of designing organizations? Contrasting traditional (i.e. modern) de...
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Appreciative Inquiry Handbook explains in-depth what AI is and how it works, and includes stories of AI interventions and classic articles, sample project plans, interview guidelines, participant worksheets, a list of resources, a glossary of terms, and more.
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Images and ideals of organization design have changed dramatically in the past decade in response to the need for a redirection in the purpose and strategy as well as leadership styles following the global economy, new brave networked world, emerging new forms of organizing, and social innovations. This chapter is an invitation to explore a new gen...
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Die Akzentuierung des Positiven ist ein Grundsatz, der im geschäftlichen Alltag von Organisationen oft verloren geht. Wertschätzendes Organisieren liefert hier neben einem innovativen theoretischen Rahmen auch neue Praxisformen, die wachsende Effizienz-, Leistungs- und Qualitätsanforderungen erfüllen. Wertschätzendes Organisieren setzt dabei zwei z...
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This chapter creates a logic that links the transformation of organizational consciousness with the creation of a more life affirming global consciousness. In it the author examines the relationship between the practice of Appreciative Inquiry, the concept of organizational consciousness and the need for global transformation. She suggests that App...
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If we as human beings become or move in the direction of what we study then it becomes apparent that questions are a a crown and jewel treasure, and deserve to be honed, polished and valued more than we commonly appreciate. Could it be that asking questions about "what gives life" elevates life and discloses worlds of new possibility? We think so a...
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Over the past 5 years, we and others around the globe (Khalsa and Kaczmarski, 1996; Ludema, 1997; Bushe, 1998 ) have discovered a way of working that consistently and dramatically liberates peoples' sense of individual and collective power. The liberation of that power, along with peoples' willingness to exer- cise it on behalf of their organizatio...
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Appreciative Inquiry (AI) has been described in a myriad of ways: a radically affirmative approach to change that completely lets go of problem-based management, 1 the most important advance in action research in the past decade, 2 and organization development's philosopher stone. 3 Summing up AI is difficult—it is a philosophy of knowing, a method...
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Takes a social constructionist view of organizational change focusing on how to engage the multitude of internal and external stakeholders. Argues that current models of change often leave people feeling demoralized and presents appreciative inquiry (AI) as an aproach to organization development that deliberately focuses attention on learning and d...
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One of today's most popular change methods, Appreciative Inquiry (AI) has been used to undertake transformational initiatives in dozens of organizations, ranging from McDonald's to the U.S. Navy to Save the Children. The assumption of AI is simple. Every organization has things that work right— things that give it life when it is vital, effective,...
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Typescript. Thesis (PH. D.)--Temple University, 1980. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 160-171). Microfilm.