237: Jackie Stavros – applying Appreciative Inquiry for organizational improvement

Jackie Stavros, co-author of Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement

Jackie Stavros  and Bill Ringle discuss using Appreciative Inquiry for leading  small business teams and for discovering valuable strengths and solutions. 

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Top 3 Take-Aways from this Interview

  • Appreciative Inquiry is a collaborative approach to organizational change which focuses on strengths rather than on weaknesses.
  • Conversations worth having generate shared understanding, new information, and possibilities for action to move forward.
  • Appreciative inquiry-based questions are generative in that they demonstrate a genuine curiosity in a person, team, or situation.

Interview Insights

Read the Show Notes from this Episode

  • Jackie shares her inspirations and how it inspired her. [01:16]
  • When we think of the energy that your father brought to you, how does that impact your life today? [2:53]
  • What is appreciative inquiry? [3:31]
  • Jackie shares an experience when she implemented an appreciative inquiry [4:48]
  • What surfaced in taking a different approach? [7:26]
  • Can you give us a little more insight into some of the direction that their decisions took or what is the revitalization plan? [8:23]
  • How do you get started with appreciative inquiry? [10:47]
  • Where would someone who’s a manager of a business start by saying to people ‘let’s start asking questions’? [14:43]
  • What are some attributes of people who succeed more often if they have this kind of quality or commitment when beginning to introduce AI into the organization? [16:20]
  • My Quest for the Best Lightning Round [18:02]

Expert Bio 

Jacqueline (Jackie) Stavros’ passion is working with others to create meaningful results for positive change. ​

She is a professor in the College of Business and Information Technology at Lawrence Technological University and Advisor for David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry. She co-authored many articles and books with two recent: books, Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement and The Thin Book of SOAR: Creating Strategy that Inspires Innovation and Engagement (soar-strategy.com).

She has worked across  for-profit, nonprofit, government, and a wide spectrum of industries. She has worked in 25 countries using Appreciative Inquiry (AI) to affect the lives of thousands or people and hundreds of organizations improve capacity to thrive and increase performance.

Her work has been featured in Forbes, SmartBrief, Detroit’s Live in the D, dbusiness Magazine, and leadership and training blogs and podcasts. She is a keynote speaker on positive approaches to leadership, strategy, and change. She earned a Doctorate of Management in Capacity Building Using an Appreciative Approach: A Relational Process of Building Your Organization’s Future.

Contact Info for Jackie Stavros

Web address: https://conversationsworthhaving.today/

Travels from: Asheville, NC

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​Books Authored by Jackie Stavros

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