Appreciative Inquiry

Last Update May 19, 2022
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About This Course

“All leadership is appreciative leadership. It’s the capacity to see the best in the world around us, in our colleagues, and in the groups, we are trying to lead.” David Cooperrider. In this transformational microworkshop, participants will explore how appreciative inquiry can be used in the workplace to engage people, create a shared vision, and inspire and motivate action.

Skill drill 1: From criticism to appreciation

This session is driven through stories. First, participants read the story (in dialogues form) of a team that is constantly criticising, complaining, and identifying faults. Then, through a facilitated discussion, participants explore the link between thoughts, words and the world we construct for ourselves. We end this session with a beautiful Zen story which introduces the concept of appreciative inquiry. We will extend the discussion to how Appreciative Inquiry can be a critical tool for managing change, providing feedback, designing processes, and re-imagining the workplace.

Skill drill 2: Exploring the core principles

In this session, participants will deep dive into the five core principles of Appreciative Inquiry (AI). This session is led through quotes, life stories, movies, and short fictional stories. The five principles we will explore are –1. Constructionist Principle, 2. Simultaneity Principle, 3. Poetic Principle, 4. Anticipatory Principle, and 5. Positive Principle.

Skill drill 3: The 5-D cycle

In this session, participants will work through a case study of an organisation that is going through change. Participants will work in groups to take decisions in tune with the AI principles to design a future state for the organisation. In doing this activity, participants will discover the 5-D cycle of AI –Define, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver.

Skill drill 4: Summary and extend

In this session, participants will discuss how they can use the principles of appreciative inquiry at work and in their life.

Post Workshop Support:

  • A reference microsite with case-based discussion forum
  • Refresher learning through emails -1, 10, 30, 60 days.



Learning Objectives

Understand the importance of Appreciate Inquiry for managing a healthy team
Apply Appreciative Inquiry to provide feedback, design a process, or restructure the workplace
Learn about the 5 core principles of Appreciative Inquiry
Discover the 5-D cycle of Appreciative Inquiry

Material Includes

  • Stories
  • Videos
  • Talks
  • Case studies
  • Group Processes


  • No prerequisites
Duration 4 hours

Material Includes

  • Stories
  • Videos
  • Talks
  • Case studies
  • Group Processes