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- Draws together positive psychology and appreciative inquiry in the context of leadership organizational challenges for the first time
- Presents academically rigorous and referenced material in a jargon-free, accessible manner
- Arranged with chapters focused on specific organizational challenges to allow readers to quickly find ideas relevant to their unique situation
- Features short contributions from experienced practitioners of positive psychology and Appreciative Inquiry, and includes case studies from the UK, Europe, Australia and the USAÂ
Positive Psychology and Change explores how areas of positive psychology such as strengths, flow, and psychological capital can be applied to the everyday challenges of leading a dynamic and adaptive work community, and how collaborative group approaches to transformational change can be combined with a positive mindset to maintain optimism and motivation in an unpredictable working environment.
- Articulates a unique vision for organizational leadership in the 21st century that combines positive psychology, Appreciative Inquiry (AI), and collaborative group technologies
- Focuses on four specific co-creative approaches (Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space, World Café and SimuReal) and the ways in which they surpass traditional methods for organizational change
- Explains the latest theory, research, and practice, and translates it into concrete, actionable ideas for meeting the day-to-day challenges of effective and adaptive leadership and management
- Includes learning features such as boxed text, short case studies, stories, and cartoons
Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a widely recognised process for engaging people in organizational development and change management. Based on conversational practice, it is a particular way of asking questions, fostering relationships and increasing an organization's capacity for collaboration and change. It focuses on building organizations around what works, rather than trying to fix what doesn't, and acknowledges the contribution of individuals in increasing trust and organizational alignment and effectiveness. Appreciative Inquiry for Change Management studies AI in depth, identifying what makes it work and how to implement it to improve performance within the business.
Appreciative Inquiry for Change Management explains the skills, perspectives and approaches needed for successful AI, and demonstrates how a practical conversational approach can be applied to organizational challenges in times of change. Case studies from organizations that have already integrated AI into their change management practice, including Nokia and BP, reveal why the processes are valuable and how to promote, create and generate such conversations in other organizations. Written in jargon-free language, this second edition now includes chapters on how positive psychology can enhance appreciative practice and appreciative coaching, making it an essential resource for anyone looking to implement AI in their organization.
Each of the practical, to the point chapters addresses an urgent need or a crucial issue of contemporary working life in our increasing volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment (VUCA). Sarah Lewis shows how any leader, manager, organisation or employee can apply positive and appreciative concepts such as building social capital, creating a feel-good workplace, encouraging positive deviation, leading authentically, creating conditions for change, having courageous conversations and building happy teams to create effective growth. Hope, gratitude, willpower, forgiveness and kindness are recognized as indispensable qualities in a time of crisis, not added extras to be ditched when the going gets tough.
Designed as a ready reference for the hard-pressed manager or human resources specialist, you can turn to this book for ideas, guidance, or inspiration and come away with solutions that you can put into practice immediately. Whatever the particular business challenge, whether it is improving performance, leading in turbulent times, or even how to downsize, you will find a chapter that offers ideas about how to do it in a positive, appreciative way.