Appreciative Inquiry: Change at the Speed of Imagination by Jane Magruder Watkins

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This book, part of the Practicing Organization Development series, is an exploration on how Appreciative Inquiry can help an organization go through the tough times of change. Leaders and organizational consultants learn how to break their organizations from the “restrictive orthodoxy of ‘deficit based change’” and into a world with a generative frame, where the habit of mind is to seek and find images of the possible rather than scenes of disaster and despair. The book seeks  an organization that is doing well and creates a framework for “creating an imagined future that builds on and expands the joyful and life-giving realities” that any capable individual possesses; in this book, Jane Magruder and Ralph Kelly give advice on how, by engaging the whole organization in the process of Appreciative Inquiry, they can unlock the positive core that is the hidden potential in everyone.  A well structured step-by-step rundown of Appreciative Inquiry, you will find this book a wonderful resource no matter what type of team you work for.

Dr. Lynn K. Jones is a Certified Personal and Executive Coach based in Santa Barbara, California and a sought after coach and consultant for organizations and individuals across the US.   Her doctoral work completed at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University concerned organizational culture; she coaches, consults and trains organizations on what they need to do to create organizational cultures that are aligned with their vision and values using a process of Appreciative Inquiry.  She coaches individual on achieving their reflected best selves.  An MSW@USC faculty member, Dr. Lynn K. Jones, MSW, DSW, CSWM, teaches Human Behavior and Social Environment.