Appreciative Inquiry (AI)

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a powerful organizational development tool for workplaces, classrooms, communities, and families. AI focuses on that which is already working well (appreciative) by engaging people in asking questions and telling stories (inquiry). This strengths-based, positive approach to change represents a 180 degree shift away from a deficit based, problem oriented, gap analysis approach in many of our organizations. This shift to a positive focus stimulates creativity and vibrancy within each person and the whole group accelerating deep, sustainable change with ease.

Using a proven framework, AI allows an organic, grassroots process of

  • Defining what it is your group wants more of
  • Discovering your stories and connections
  • Dreaming together of an ‘impossible’ dream and
  • Designing your collective dream together
  • Delivering your dream with support and celebration

Appreciative Inquiry Workshops

Book these popular, sold-out workshops for your in-service and staff development conferences. Listed in order of popularity, frequency and most recently offered these workshops are regulars with organizations including Calgary Board of Education and Royal Roads University.

Power Up Your Life!  (90 minutes online and face-to-face when we can)

We live in such a busy and fast changing world and spend so much of lives working and caring for others that we neglect nurturing our true selves. We give our power, ourselves, away to others and can be left exhausted, overwhelmed and lost

In this workshop, we will use guided visualization to calm the busyness of our outside world, create your inner sanctuary for rest.  We will explore topics like dreams, manifestation, accessing the law of attraction and the power of intention and how we can ‘see’ things other people can’t.

Come to rest, rejuvenate and power up your life!

In this workshop you will:

  • experience a guided meditation
  • discover how you ‘know’ that you ‘know’
  • explore dreams, manifestation, law of attraction, power of intention
  • receive an energy healing

Who Are You Now? (90 minutes online and face-to-face when we can)

Have you ever had a ‘wrong’ mark?  Take a moment and really think about it.  Maybe you did no work and got a top mark OR you worked your heart out, learned lots and got a low mark.  Research shows all of us KNOW this place of being ‘wronged’ and somehow we swallow it and keep on going.  The inner frontier that is always present and often flicked away, forgotten.

Using an Appreciative approach, this workshop will gently guide and re-introduce you to…YOU.  We will use active meditation to shift our focus from outward to inward stilling our busy thoughts, re-opening our internal messaging, and re-aligning with our true selves

During this workshop we will:

  • explore energy and vibration
  • discover how we know that we ‘know’
  • discover what stops you from acting on your inner knowing
  • experience an active meditation
  • practice a powerful self mastery technique
  • commit to engaging with who you are now

Communicating vibrationally … without saying anything (90 minutes online and face-to-face when we can)

A student blamed me for not explaining something that she got wrong and was angry. Another time, I said one thing and they heard something completely different. What’s going on?

A lot more is going on than just the words we say. In this workshop, we will use an Appreciative approach to explore communication basics, fun techniques to fix them, and practice new silent techniques that really work!

By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Create a safe space for communications
  • Identify the two positions of communication
  • Describe three common ways we communicate
  • Listen to how they ‘hear’
  • Practice three silent communications techniques

The Appreciative Leader (2 full days online and face-to-face when we can)

Appreciative Inquiry is a powerful organizational development tool for workplaces, classrooms, communities, and families. Appreciative Inquiry, known as AI, focuses on that which is already working well (appreciative) by engaging people in asking questions and telling stories (inquiry). This strengths based, positive approach to change represents a 180 degree shift way from deficit based, problem oriented, gap analysis approach in many of our organizations. This shift to a positive focus stimulates creativity and vibrancy within each person and the whole group accelerating deep, sustainable change with ease.

This course is for leaders seeking positive and sustainable change using a strengths-based approach to personal and professional leadership.  This workshop is highly experiential and it’s fun!

After this two-day Appreciative Leader workshop, you will be able to:

  • engage in four steps of an Appreciative Inquiry
  • design an effective definition of an Appreciative inquiry
  • discover elements of Appreciative Leadership by sharing stories
  • dream of collaborative, strengths-based preferred futures
  • explore innovative activities to support preferred futures
  • inquire into your leadership strengths
  • reflect on, and celebrate, your personal growth as an appreciative leader

Respecting Differences (90 minutes online and face-to-face when we can)

We are ALL different:  different ages, cultures, genders, socio economic groups.  And we are ALL the same in our desires for freedom, and acknowledgement

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to

  • Identify key differences
  • Flip the differences into desires
  • Identify core desires we all share
  • Commit to 2-3 things you will do differently next week

Beyond Bullying (about 90 minutes online and face-to-face when we can)

Yes we can move beyond bullying… together!  This highly interactive session empowers participants and groups to discover and facilitate strategies to overcome bullying resulting in more respectful classrooms, workspaces and communities.

Using a strengths based approach called Appreciative Inquiry, we will share stories, envision a desired future, and commit to strategies supporting positive change to move beyond bullying … together.

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • envision a desired future
  • discover strategies to overcome bullying
  • co-create more respectful classrooms, workspaces and communities
  • commit to strategies supporting positive change to move beyond bullying

The Essential Leader (half day or full day)

Description

In a recent TV episode, a lawyer saw the world as she knows it crumbling and declared ‘at least we still have the law’.  In the next episode the law came under attack and a new question was asked, if we don’t have the law what do we have?  Her reply was ‘justice’

At our essence, each one of us has an inner sense of ‘justice’.  We all have an inner knowing of truth. We know when we have received a wrong mark’ and when we have been treated honourably or not.  The Essential Leader brings us back to the essence of who we really are and why we are really here.    In these times.  With these people.  It is about finding that place of truth, justice and genuine knowing in ourselves, at our core, so we can stand as leaders.

The Essential Leader is a daring new program that weaves multiple modalities including quantum physics, science fiction, medical science, spirituality and storytelling.  Using stimulating research, guided visualization, reflective journaling, active experimentation we will give and receive feedback affecting positive change.

Outcomes 

  • Discern how you know that you ‘know’
  • Align your ‘knowing’ with your values
  • Clarify personal leadership goals, message and offerings
  • Identify old tapes and limiting beliefs
  • Practice techniques to overcome resistance
  • Activate an ‘impossible’ dream
  • Discover power of giving and receiving feedback
  • Re-design your personal story of leadership 

Topics 

  • Guided visualization
  • Pineal gland
  • Frequencies, brain waves and electrical etherics
  • Impact of holograms and fractals
  • Real benefit of the reflection

Info: leslie@leslierobinson.ca

I am a certified Appreciative Inquiry facilitator and member of AI Communities of Practice