Five Shifts to High Impact Teams

Five Shifts to High Impact Teams

Last week, I went through an annual ritual of dusting off my bicycle to take a ride through the park. As usual, one of my tires was deflated because it was stuck in the shed for most of the winter. Luckily, there is a bike repair shop down the bike path that runs...
Believe!

Believe!

A few weeks ago, I experienced the NYC Thanksgiving Day Parade as a bystander on Central Park West for the first time in my life. I highly recommend it as a healing tonic for the soul. For me it was a great illustration of the Anticipatory Principle in Appreciative...
The Poetic Principle and Matters of the Heart

The Poetic Principle and Matters of the Heart

Poetry is often the art of overhearing yourself say things you didn’t know you knew. It is a learned skill to force yourself to articulate your life, your present world or your possibilities for the future. -David Whyte When I first read The Heart Aroused, by David...
Power Your Purpose With Positive Questions

Power Your Purpose With Positive Questions

A couple of months ago I facilitated a session with a team from a healthcare organization. During the session, the team mined for the gems of their dialogue themes from paired conversations about their past success and aptly captured the essence of the major drive of...
Mountains of Meaning

Mountains of Meaning

“Constructionism is an approach to human science and practice which replaces the individual with the relationship as the locus of knowledge, and thus is built around a keen appreciation of the power of language and discourse of all types (from words to metaphors to...
Human Resources Leaders and An Appreciative “Ode to Joy”

Human Resources Leaders and An Appreciative “Ode to Joy”

“One could argue that the best way of keeping the Ninth alive and fresh is not to pin it down but to embrace its mystery.” -Jan Swafford Today, I reflected upon the energy of hope and collective exaltation experienced last evening as JoAnn Falletta, conductor of the...
Appreciative Inquiry and the Power of Renewal

Appreciative Inquiry and the Power of Renewal

I overheard a colleague sharing his surprise and delight at the sight of a daffodil sprouting from a pile of snow in his yard as he left his house for work. Soon, others caught up in his joy, joined the conversation as they poured their coffee and dropped off their...
HR leaders: Take a Hike!

HR leaders: Take a Hike!

“Most human resources managers aren’t particularly interested in, or equipped for, doing business. And in a business, that’s sort of a problem. As guardians of a company’s talent, HR has to understand how people serve corporate objectives. “ From WHY...
The Endurance of “Mortar-fied” Teams

The Endurance of “Mortar-fied” Teams

“What matters is the mortar, not just the bricks.” -Margaret Heffernan The ancient wall pictured above from the Island of Elba, Italy came to mind as I read a book by Margaret Heffernan, Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes.  Heffernan plays on the notion...
Priming the Pump

Priming the Pump

When I’m asked to describe what I do, I often respond that I “prime the pump”.  In our work with Appreciative Inquiry to enact positive change, this, for me, is the most vivid image of what happens during an organizational engagement with my clients. I walk in with...