Appreciative Inquiry

Skills Cafe

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.

This workshop is based on the work of David Cooperrider:

Pre-workshop: Curated videos and reading assignment.

Skill Drill 1: From Criticism to Appreciation. (45 minutes)
This session is driven through stories. First, participants read the story (in dialogues form) of a team that is constantly criticizing, 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. (30 minutes hours)
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. (45 minutes)
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. (30 minutes)
In this session, participants will explore how they can use the principles of appreciative inquiry at work and in their life. Participants will also discuss the possible shortcomings of the appreciative inquiry model.

Post-workshop: Curated videos and talks.

Learning Objectives

Explore the principles of appreciative inquiry
Adopt a strengths based approach in developing and working with people
Develop more resilient and happy systems and talent within organizations


  • No prerequisites

Target Audience

  • Leaders, Business Heads, Senior and Mid-level Managers
Duration 2.5 hours

Material Includes

  • Workbook
  • Handouts
  • Nudge Cards

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