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CBODN 'In The Know' Book Discussion - "Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement"

  • 12 Sep 2018
  • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Virtual Meeting using Zoom


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CBODN 'In The Know' Book Discussion

Virtual meeting this month using Zoom.

Topic:  Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement (Jacqueline M. Stavros, Cheri Torres and David L. Cooperrider)

Description: This session is an interactive discussion around the key principles and applications of “Conversations Worth Having.”

Conversations can be critical and destructive, or they can be generative and productive. This book shows how to guarantee your conversations will help people, organizations, and communities flourish.

Conversations are at the core of how we interact. We all know that conversations influence us, but we rarely stop to think about how much impact they have on our well-being and our ability to thrive. This book shows how Appreciative Inquiry (AI)--one of the most widely used new approaches for fostering positive change for individuals, groups, organizations, and communities--can help everyone communicate better and flourish in all areas of their lives. Stavros and Torres spell out 2 practices and 5 principles to create great conversations. Each chapter is built around real-life stories of people using these practices and principles to strengthen relationships and generate possibilities for a future that works for everyone.

Facilitators:    Cheri Torres and Jackie Stavros    

Bio: Cheri Torres is a senior catalyst and consultant at Collaborative by Design and Innovation Partners. She thrives on working with leaders and teams to enhance their conversational intelligence, supporting excellence, creativity, and success. Her change management strengths include facilitating strategic whole system conversations and train-the-trainer programs that give organizations the skills and tools to change culture from the inside out. She has worked across all sectors, with emphasis on education, healthcare, and business. Cheri holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Collaborative Learning from the University of Tennessee. She has authored four books and numerous articles on Appreciative Inquiry. Her most recent co-authored book, Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful engagement, was published by Berrett Koehler. She lives in Asheville, NC with her husband, Michael, their two dogs, Logan and Annabel, and Ziggy, a fiercely co-dependent cat.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Stavros’ passion is working with others to create meaningful results for positive change. She is recognized for her creation of SOAR, a positive approach to strategic thinking, planning, and leading (www.soar-strategy.com). She is a professor at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) and Appreciative Inquiry Advisor for Flourishing Leadership Institute and David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry. She just co-authored a new book, Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productivity and Meaningful Engagement: www.ConversationsWorthHaving.Today. She has worked across all sectors, including for-profit, nonprofit, government, and a wide spectrum of industries. She has worked in over 25 countries using Appreciative Inquiry to affect the lives of thousands or people and hundreds of organizations improve capacity to thrive and increase performance. Appreciative Inquiry is one of the most effective and widely used approaches for fostering positive change to improve the outcomes of your interactions with others.  She lives in Brighton, Michigan, with her husband, Paul; their kids, Ally and Adam; and Rex, a lovable dog.

Source: Amazon.com 

CoP Leader:

Laura Mendelow 



Event Venue: Virtual Meeting using Zoom, https://zoom.us/j/992155967

Cancellation Policy: Event follows federal Office of Personnel Management policy and decisions.  If federal government is closed, event will be canceled. 

*Please register in advance to ensure sufficient planning.

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