About this Course
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Appreciative Inquiry is a collaborative and constructive inquiry process that searches for everything that gives life to organizations, communities, and larger human systems when they are most alive, effective, creative and healthy in their interconnected ecology of relationships. To appreciate, quite simply, means to value and to recognize that which has value—it is a way of knowing and valuing the best in life. In the language of Positive Organizational Scholarship it means a research focus—a positive bias—seeking fresh understanding of dynamics described by words like excellence, thriving, abundance, resilience, or exceptional and life-giving. In this context the word appreciate means to value those things of value—it is a mode of knowing often connected to the idea of esthetic appreciation in the arts. To appreciate also means to be grateful or thankful for—it is a way of being and maintaining a positive stance along the path of life's journey. And not incidentally, to appreciate is to increase in value too. Combining the three—appreciation as a way of knowing, as a way of being and as an increase in value– suggests that Appreciative Inquiry is simultaneously a life-centric form of study and a constructive mode of practice. As a form of study, Appreciative Inquiry focuses on searching systematically for those capacities and processes that give life and strength and possibility to a living system; and as a constructive mode of practice, it aims at designing and crafting human organizations through a process in which valuing and creating are viewed as one, and where inquiry and change are powerfully related and understood as a seamless and integral whole Leading Positive Change through Appreciative Inquiry is a course dedicated to advancing our understanding and skill in leading strength-based change and on how to create, foster and manage organizations in which people thrive and perform at their best....
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Change ManagementAppreciative InquiryPositive PsychologyFacilitation
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Approx. 17 hours to complete

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English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
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2 hours to complete

What is Appreciative Inquiry & Why do I care?

Week One defines what Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is and frames it among the growing trend of “strength-based” approaches to human development and organization change. This strength-based perspective is viewed in contrast with deficit-based change which is reportedly successful less than 30% of the time. The unintended consequences of deficit or problem-based change approaches are discussed in contrast with the focus on using strengths to create shared positive images of future possibilities that underlies the AI theory and method....
Reading
5 videos (Total 45 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Watch: What is Appreciative Inquiry8m
Watch: Strength-based and Artful Search8m
Watch: Why is AI Important Today?10m
Watch: Unintended Consequences of Deficit Discourse13m
Reading2 readings
Read: Navigating the Course10m
Course Slides10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Test for Understanding: Quiz 18m
Week
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1 hour to complete

Week 2

Week Two underscores the “power of the positive question” and story-telling as effective ways to engage stakeholders in change efforts. Participants in the course are guided to conduct an “appreciative interview” in order to experience the impact of “best past” questions and sharing stories that evidence strengths in action. The fatefulness of the questions leaders ask is demonstrated as a foundational principle in AI....
Reading
4 videos (Total 41 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video4 videos
Watch: The Unconditional Positive Question12m
Watch:Getting a Taste of AI11m
Watch:The Discovery Interview6m
Reading1 reading
Read: Required Readings10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Reflection: PLA #12m
Reflection: PLA #22m
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3 hours to complete

Week 3

Week Three introduces the AI change method in the form of the “4-D” Cycle. The Discovery, Dream, Design and Destiny phases are described and we see a video example of an appreciative leader reconnecting his organization with their core strengths. This is the outcome of the Discovery Phase and sets the foundation for having multiple stakeholders or team members “dream” or imagine new, positive possibilities for the future. The ability to begin change with a discovery of past strengths in action – or emphasizing stability-in-change - is discussed as a key skill of appreciative leaders....
Reading
5 videos (Total 41 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
Watch: The 4D Process10m
Watch: Positive Change begins by re-connecting people to their Positive Core10m
Watch: Naval Appreciative Inquiry Summit3m
Watch:Watch: Positive Change begins by re-connecting people to their Positive Core Part 26m
Reading1 reading
Read: Supplemental Readings10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Apply Your Skills: Reconnect to the Positive Core ALA Step 22m
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1 hour to complete

Week 4

Week Four explores the foundational principles of AI and some of the supporting research and literature that demonstrate the power of positive questions, the relationship between positive future images and our actions, and the importance of positive emotions. These findings converge in a strong implication for leaders that they need to create work spaces that emphasize a 4:1 or greater imbalance of positive imagery over negative or deficit imagery in daily interactions and conversations. The link to the one of the core foundational principles that “words create worlds” is demonstrated....
Reading
4 videos (Total 43 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Watch: Rethinking How and Why Human Systems Change Part 211m
Watch: Positive Image > Positive Action9m
Watch: Positive Image > Positive Action Part 25m
Reading2 readings
Read: Required Readings10m
Read: Supplemental Readings10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Reflection: PLA #32m
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Top Reviews

By KBSep 2nd 2017

Great learning from Ron Fry, who created Appreciative Inquiry along with Cooperider. Course goes into right level of depth. Highly recommend!

By ABMay 3rd 2018

This course really helped deepen my understanding of Appreciative Inquiry. I'm seeing opportunities to use it everywhere in my work.

Instructor

Ronald Fry

Professor
Organizational Behavior

About Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is a leading national research university located in Cleveland, Ohio. Through its seven schools and college, Case Western Reserve offers top-10 programs in health law, organizational behavior and social work and top-25 programs in biomedical engineering, international law, medicine and nursing. More than 4,000 undergraduate and nearly 6,000 graduate and professional students are enrolled at CWRU, representing all 50 states and more than 90 countries....

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In this specialization you will learn how to overcome the ravages of chronic stress and renew your body and mind by building better relationships and positive approaches to leadership. You will learn the power of asking questions to become a more inclusive and self-confident leader, and how to effectively coach others toward sustained, desired change, learning or increased motivation in life and work....
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