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Reflections on Appreciative Leadership

A Week in Dialogue with the Authors Diana Whitney and Amanda Trosten-Bloom

April 4 – 8, 2016

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Diana Whitney, Ph.D.

Co-Founder, Taos Institute

Founder, Corporation for Positive Change

Amanda Trosten-Bloom

Associate, Taos Institute

Principal, Rocky Mountain Center
for Positive Change

We invite you to join with Diana and Amanda for an online exploration of this book and the ideas, theories and practices of Appreciative Leadership. The Taos Institute’s online community dialogue website is the perfect place to gather virtual to explore and share the ideas of Appreciative Leadership.

Reading for the week of dialogue: Appreciative Leadership: Focus on What Works to Drive Winning Performance and Build a Thriving Organization.

Appreciative Inquiry has become one of the most popular new management tools in business today. Its premise is simple yet profound: Instead of focusing on what's wrong in the workplace, learn about and build upon what works. Dr. Diana Whitney--a leader in the field of Appreciative Inquiry--and colleagues Amanda Trosten-Bloom and Kae Rader, in their book, bring the next generation of these ideas forward, with practical and proven tools for leadership. A refreshingly different approach to managing organizations, Appreciative Leadership turns conventional management thinking on its head, demonstrating how to get results with "positive power." All you need are the five "I's":

  1. INQUIRY: Leading with positively powerful questions.
  2. ILLUMINATION: Bringing out the best in people and situations.
  3. INCLUSION: Engaging with others to co-create the future.
  4. INSPIRATION: Awakening the creative spirit.
  5. INTEGRITY: Making choices for the good of the whole.

This revolutionary approach brings people together, drives companies forward--and takes your leadership skills to a whole new level.

Appreciative Leadership shows you how to fully engage your team through positive inquiry and open dialogue--so that everyone feels included and valued, inspired and motivated . . . and ready to work together to win. In this user-friendly guide, you'll discover exciting new techniques to open up discussions, exchange ideas, agree on a plan, and follow up on your goals. You'll learn simple tips on how to keep your team on track with a can-do attitude. And you'll find satisfying new ways to be engaged, passionate, and present.

This book isn't a quick-fix solution to your management problems. It's a full-time, lifelong commitment to your values, your vision, and your connection to others. This is how the best leaders in the world bring out the best in people, their organizations, and themselves. This is Appreciative Leadership.

Buy the book - Appreciative Leadership: Focus on What Works to Drive Winning Performance and Build a Thriving Organization

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Diana and Amanda are co-authors of four books: The Power of Appreciative Inquiry, The Encyclopedia of Positive Questions, Appreciative Team Development and Appreciative Leadership.


Let's continue to explore these questions below:

Appreciative Leadership Defined

  1. Why do we call Appreciative Leadership a relational practice?
  2. What does it mean to mobilize creative potential and turn it into positive power?
  3. What is the significance of ripples of performance?

The Genius of Inclusion

  1. How can we make inclusion and the celebration of differences fun?
  2. How can we create conversations in organizations and communities that include all the people who’s future it is?
  3. What are some of the creative ways you include multiple voices and multiple stakeholders in your work?
  4. Why is inclusion essential for successful transformation?

The Art of Illumination

  1. What kinds of conversations bring out the best of people? Teams? Organizations?
  2. How do we talk about, recognize and enhance relational strengths?
  3. How can we flip organizational deficits into organizational possibilities?

The Courage of Inspiration

  1. How extensive is your appreciative vocabulary? Why does this matter?
  2. How do you use narratives to inspire action in your work?
  3. What conversations and practices have you used to create hope in organizations, communities and relationships?

The Path of Integrity

  1. What practices support decision making for the good of the whole?
  2. How might we create a space of “withness” in organizations and communities?
  3. How might an understanding of relational responsibility help us with global issues such as immigration, climate change, refuges, social justice, healthcare, terrorism, etc?

The Wisdom of Inquiry

  1. Why are appreciative questions framed upon specific affirmative topics?
  2. What are the ways we use questions to seed and shape conversations and transformation in organizations and communities?
  3. What is the connection between inquiry and second order innovation?


Webinar Recording 

Video Recording - April 8, 2016 Appreciative Leadership Webinar with Diana Whitney and Amanda Trosten-Bloom

Audio Recording only - April 8, 2016 - Appreciative Leadership Webinar  with Diana Whitney and Amanda Trosten-Bloom

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  • Looking forward to it!

  • Where can I register myself to join the conversation? Thanks un advance.

    • Angela Maria - for the online dialogue, just come to this webpage everyday April 4-8th. The dialogue is a virtual event here on this page. Then on Friday, for the live webinar, at 11:00 AM NY time, you need to register by emailing Emily at 

  • Great initiative - me like :)
  • Looking forward to it!

  • Can't wait!!!

  • Welcome to all of you. I look forward to a lively conversation. Hope you enjoy the book in preparation!

  • Thank you Diana and Amanda for making this conversation available! I am really excited to join and learn from you and others! 

  • Hi Diana, Amanda. I'm ready and with my book  :)


    • Alfredo, thanks for the fantastic photo. I hope you enjoy the book. Looking forward to your reflections. Diana

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