Our stories are precious to us. They help us make sense of the world. We share our experiences, hopes, dreams, and fears through stories. Giving space for sharing of stories provides an opportunity to learn from each other and it can shape, strengthen or challenge our opinions and values. When a story catches our attention and engages us, we are more likely to absorb the message and meaning within it than if the same message was presented simply in facts and figures. When someone tells us their own personal story, we catch a glimpse of a view of the world that may be slightly or radically different from our own. When we see the world as they see it, or walk in their shoes, the experience can inspire empathy.
Positive emotions and social connection is a critical part of organisational change and team performance. I use story-centred facilitation to support system-wide change. The main approach is Appreciative Inquiry.
Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a whole-system, strengths-driven, approach to organisational development and strategic planning, by bringing together people in your organisation to co-create and move forward on what you collectively share, as an ideal path.
AI is about tapping into your ‘positive core’ and connecting to it, to energise your organisation or team toward your vision of change.
Bring the best of AI, reflective questioning and Agile ways of working together, to create a change programme that is tailored to the positive distinctiveness of your organisation and the unique culture created by your employees.
Why Appreciative Inquiry?
- Culture is a co-construction that is shaped by the language, stories and practices that we live out and share everyday. Appreciative Inquiry is uplifting, aspirational, and inspirational – creating positive cultures of possibility, hope, and innovation.
- AI creates an inclusive space by giving voice to all…tapping into the wisdom of the individual and each person’s natural imaginative capacity
- People have more confidence and comfort to journey to the future (the unknown) when they carry forward parts of the past (the known).
- If we carry parts of the past forward, they should be what is best about the past.