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Inspired action

In this final segment on Appreciative Inquiry we discuss the final phase called “destiny”.

Without action the dreams and goals of the organization will leave no lasting mark and without a mark no one will know what could have been. This last phase is the time where the positive energy is released in circles and waves of change. Celebration of success is followed with bursts of energy to reach the next quantum level of transformation.

The core of the change is accomplished by self-organized teams. This is in a sense is the essence of true leadership when people can come together and work towards a goal as a unit. Self-organization is at the essence an organic system that transfers leadership to and through the team. The team becomes a small eco-system capable of changing the micro-environment or even the macro-environment in which they are members.

The best leaders are those the people hardly know exist.
The next best is a leader who is loved and praised.
Next comes the one who is feared.
The worst one is the leader that is despised.

If you don’t trust the people,
they will become untrustworthy.

The best leaders value their words, and use them sparingly.
When she has accomplished her task,
the people say, “Amazing:
we did it, all by ourselves!”

Tao 17

The ability to create positive change within an organization is often the impetus to keep new teams forming to solve a new problem. AI allows the organization to continually look inward to what can be and to allow that dream to become manifest within. AI is truly a powerful technique for generating the kind of positive energy that enables, empowers and energizes the organization and its people.

Use AI in your next brainstorming, goal-seeking and substantial change project.

From dream to design

The pathway is littered with excitement and a powerful vision for the future. The strategic intent is defined now that the essence of the dreams has been coalesced into a single cohesive vision that defines a new future. The power of the dream stirs the soul and prepares people for delivering on that new definition for the future.

The dream results in a vision. The design phase takes the vision to be translated into an executable plan.

You might be thinking – so, what is this that is anything different than creating a compelling vision statement. Think WOW factor, the kind of vision that knocks your socks off that should be the outcome.

For an organization the social architecture will be impacted – what will the new architecture look like, feel like, taste like, and smell like. What would happen if you invented your own vocabulary to describe the changes that will take place? Business Execution Environment = BEE. Let it BEE!

Think about the leadership model that has to be in place, hopefully one of transformational change. Think about openness, transparency, genuinosity (the characteristics of being genuine) or servanthood. How do these elements fit into the culture new or current to make the organization powerfully better?

Take the dream – design the strategy to take the vision and transform what is.

Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry

appreciative – feeling or expressive of gratitude; “was appreciative of his efforts”; “an appreciative word”


1. The act of inquiring.

2. A question; a query.

3. A close examination of a matter in a search for information or truth.

One of the definitions of Appreciative Inquiry is search for the best in people. That definition is pretty powerful don’t you think. Why would we want to search for the best in people?

The AI process is designed to be one of creative expression, something that many people rarely experience. All too often people are told what to think, how to think and what to think. AI really turns the current reality upside-down and allows people to design solutions from a point of view that is not critical but rather creative.

The AI model is based on four concepts, discovery, dream, design, and destiny.

Next time we will talk about the discovery phase and how that is used.