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Appreciative Inquiry Online Learning Modules

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Who will most benefit from this learning package?

  • Corporate and community leaders
  • Managers and team leaders
  • Consultants and facilitators

Through the process of Appreciative Inquiry we are challenged to consider which the better question is:

What are our problems? Or What works around here?

The first question leads to a traditional problem solving approach which focuses on the negative aspects of the past. The latter question leads to an Appreciative Inquiry approach which is hopeful and future orientated.

Appreciative Inquiry is a philosophy

  • It is a view that states that because WE create OUR world, WE need to consciously go about filling it with organisations that WE want
  • It is a positive and pragmatic philosophy that claims when WE choose between calling our glass half full (optimistic) or half empty (pessimistic); that indeed it is OUR choice

Think of what a difference it could make to organisations if staff saw what was working in their workplace and approached transition periods with optimism...

  • You could base your future plans and strategies on what has worked best in the past and approach the future with confidence
  • You could embrace change and transition periods with positive and constructive tactics that lead to sustainable organisational improvements
  • You could develop better communication with your team through reflection on their values and identifying things 'that work'
  • Team meetings could be turned into positive, energised and future orientated sessions instead of those that bog in problems and issues of the past

Our Appreciative Inquiry Learning Modules are a world first one stop shop of ideas, process methods and materials to support people in change. You get access to five online learning modules with up to the minute case studies and practical examples to apply the method in a variety of organisational settings including schools, government agencies, community organisations and corporate environments. You will build on and extend your facilitation, consulting, leadership and learning skills in a fun and focussed way! Each module takes between two and ten hours to complete depending on your level of exposure. You have 12 months access to contact with Liz Mellish and her module specific answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Learning outcomes for Appreciative Inquiry Learning Modules

  • Identify when it is appropriate to use Appreciative Inquiry
  • Know the theory and practice behind Appreciative Inquiry
  • Develop Appreciative Inquiry interviewing skills
  • Identify how to apply Appreciate Inquiry to planning
  • Have the skills to engage in Appreciative Inquiry conversations
  • Understand the benefits of Appreciative Inquiry in evaluations
  • Explore how to use Appreciative Inquiry for community engagement
  • Have access to bibliography and the resources to undertake assessment if studying towards a masters degree
  • Ultimately, the goal is to provide you with the confidence and knowledge to apply Appreciative Inquiry in YOUR organisation

Module 1 - Appreciative Inquiry – Understanding the Method and it's Uses (more...)

The essential first step to gaining and/or refining your understanding of the theory and practice and the basics of Appreciative Inquiry.

  • Introduction
    • Uses
    • Psychological Principles
    • Appreciative Inquiry Principles
    • Assumptions of Appreciative Inquiry
  • Method
    • 4-D Cycle
    • How to use Appreciative Inquiry
  • Challenges
    • Lessons learnt using Appreciative Inquiry
  • Useful Resources
    • Examples and case studies of where Appreciative Inquiry has been
    • Ask Liz
  • Bibliography

Module 2 - Appreciative Inquiry and Conversations (more...)

You will develop important Appreciative Inquiry conversational skills and be able to use the approach for performance, interviewing, discipline, coaching, leadership and mentoring conversations.

  • Introduction
    • Focussed Conversations
  • Method
    • Performance Conversations
    • Team Performance Conversations
    • Appreciative Interviewing
    • Discipline Conversations
    • Coaching Conversations
    • Leadership Conversations
    • Mentoring Conversations
  • Challenges
    • Performance Conversations
    • Appreciative Interviewing
    • Discipline Conversations
    • Coaching Conversations
    • Leadership Conversations
    • Mentoring Conversations
  • Useful Resources
    • Situational Leadership
    • De Witt Jones: "Everyday creativity": DVD Notes
    • Mentoring readings
    • Ask Liz
  • Bibliography

Module 3 - Appreciative Inquiry and Teams Working with Change (more...)

This is the next step, as you now have your appreciative foundations laid, you can use them to dramatically improve the process of team development and planning in organisations. Get the most out of group work and team environments through the use of Appreciative Inquiry for team planning, operational, business and strategic planning.

  • Introduction
    • Types of Team Members
    • 4D Cycle
  • Method
    • Rationale for Teams
    • Features of Empowered Teams
    • Characteristics of Empowered Teams
    • Using Appreciative Inquiry for Team Development Teams
    • Breast Screening Clinic Case Study
    • HR Strategy Group Case Study
    • Self Managing Teams Case Study
    • Using Appreciative Inquiry for Team Business Planning
    • Using Appreciative Inquiry for Capability Development: Occupatio
    • Appreciative Inquiry Interventions in Teams: Team Leadership and
  • Challenges
    • Handling Difficult People
    • Games People Play
  • Useful Resources
    • 360deg Feedback
    • Team Member Summary by Belbin
    • Bushie Article Summary
    • Self Managing Work Teams: Stages
    • Ask Liz
  • Bibliography

Module 4 - Appreciative Inquiry for Strategic Leadership and Organisational Change (more...)

Appreciative Inquiry offers methods and practice to bring people and communities together to envisage and inspire better futures. Engaging diverse stakeholders in shaping the future of communities, the future of innovation programs and social change was once a challenge, now with Appreciative Inquiry you will be well equipped to maximise collective creativity and to build shared commitment in the process.

  • Introduction
  • Method
    • 4D Model
    • Managing Transitions
    • Who Moved my Cheese?
    • Get ready to SOAR
    • Case Study - School Triennial Review and School Plan
  • Challenges
  • Useful Resources
    • Change Management Workbook
    • Case Studies:
    • Public Health Forum
    • Youth Participation Strategy
    • Virtual Property Company
    • Ask Liz
  • Bibliography

Module 5 - Appreciative Inquiry and Evaluation (more...)

Appreciative Inquiry is a dynamic approach to evaluation practice. The method offers excellent potential to engage people in participatory evaluation for continuous improvement and, importantly, sustainable implementation.

  • Introduction
    • Principles
    • The Need for Evaluation
    • Ethics Principles
    • Definitions
    • Process Skills Required
  • Method
    • 4-D Model
    • 4-I Model
    • Appreciative Inquiry for program evaluation
    • Policy in Practice
    • Evaluating Appreciative Inquiry
  • Challenges
  • Useful Resources
    • Comparison Appreciative Inquiry: Other Methods
    • Ask Liz
  • Bibliography

So now you’ve been given a brief overview of what you have to gain through this online learning module series, click here to make it happen!

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