What Exactly is Appreciative Inquiry?

Making a conscious choice to study the best of your organization

For companies and organizations, the premise is simple, you grow in the direction that you focus on.  If you are committed to focusing on problems, then your company will become really good at idnetifying and dealing with problems. However, the opposite is also true. If you instead put all your focus on strengths, then then identifying strengths and building on those strengths will become what your organization does best.

This is the beauty supporting Appreciative Inquiry (AI). Rather than seeking to overcome weaknesses or solve a problem, AI focuses on identifying your organizations core strengths. In a central way, it revolves around asking questions that strengthen a system’s capacity to apprehend, anticipate, and heighten positive potential.

AI accomplishes this by engaging all stakeholder groups (not just a select few) in a collaborative approach to decision making. Through a process of inquiry designed to challenge the whole system, AI becomes the vehicle for driving cultural change, strategic planning, leadership development, team building, and dramatic whole system change.

For More information, we encourage you to contact FLI, a Cleveland based company and the leading provider of Appreciative Inquiry workshops globally, at www.lead2flourish.com/


The Purpose at Work Journal provides business leaders with actionable insights and transformative tools to help their organizations do good to do well. This concept, that strengthening the community and the bottom line are not mutually exclusive, is a developing trend in the business world.

The Purpose at Work Journal is powered by BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence who strengthens the leadership and expands the capacity of hundreds of nonprofits in Northeast Ohio, while enabling businesses and employers to build strategic, powerful and enduring relationships with the community.

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