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Ep 238: Cheri Torres, co-author of Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement

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

Cheri Torres and Jackie Stavros  and Bill Ringle discuss Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement for small business leaders. 

>>> Visit MyQuestforTheBest.com for complete show notes and more expert advice and inspiring stories to propel your small business growth.

Top 3 Take-Aways from this Interview

  • When you focus on the problem or ask people what they did wrong, it shifts more energy into protective-defensive mechanisms and people loose (temporarily) their ability to be creativity and productive.
  • It is important to learn positive framing and asking generative questions in dealing with a difficult situation.
  • Appreciative inquiry had been equated with the 5D methodology: Define, Discover, Dream, Design and Destiny/Deploy. It has so many more applications. 

Tweet-Ready Insights from this Episode

Lead people to ask questions on what is the thing you want now and what insight that you want rather than correct the mistakes that you made.>> #MQ4B Ep238 with Cheri Torres (@cheri_torres), co-author of Conversations Worth… Click To TweetWhen we are stressed and fearful we lose our ability to think creatively and connect with other people and to access our higher order thinking because all the energy is going to protect us.>> #MQ4B Ep238 with Cheri Torres… Click To TweetOutcomes-focused positive framing and generative questions gives people tools to intentionally make conversations worth having everytime.>> #MQ4B Ep238 with Cheri Torres (@cheri_torres), author of Conversations Worth Having: Using… Click To TweetA generative question is something that changes the way we think and creates images that compel us to move towards that future that we want.>> #MQ4B Ep238 with Cheri Torres (@cheri_torres), author of Conversations Worth Having:… Click To TweetLet go of getting it right or wrong and instead adopting this: how do I inspire the best from people that I'm working with?>> #MQ4B Ep238 with Cheri Torres (@cheri_torres), author of Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative… Click To TweetAid people to flip the problem to its positive opposite and talk about what you want and the outcomes you are hoping for.>> #MQ4B Ep238 with Cheri Torres (@cheri_torres), author of Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative… Click To TweetThese outcome-focused and inquiry-based interactions create conditions that enable people to connect, collaborate, and bring their best creative selves to the task at hand.>> #MQ4B Ep238 with Cheri Torres (@cheri_torres), author… Click To TweetChoose to focus on what you want and to adopt an attitude of curiosity.>> #MQ4B Ep238 with Cheri Torres (@cheri_torres), author of Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement Click To TweetYou have to start with evaluating what kinds of conversations you’re currently having and determining where you hope to go.>> #MQ4B Ep238 with Cheri Torres (@cheri_torres), author of Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative… Click To Tweet

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Expert Bio 

Cheri Torres, Ph.D. is CEO at Collaborative by Design (cheritorres.com).

Her mission is to give people simple communication practices that empower them to design organizations and communities that flourish. She partners with people to catalyze positive change in workplaces and communities. The practices she introduces give leaders and teams the power to strengthen relationships, expand possibilities, and increase productivity and engagement through everyday conversation. These practices are grounded in neuroscience, positive psychology, and Appreciative Inquiry.. 

She’s written numerous books and articles; her most recent book is a Berrett Koehler bestseller, Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement.

She’s been featured in leading media sources including Fast Company, Forbes, HR Magazine, SmartBrief, Training Industry, and Training Magazine. She’s accumulated a Ph.D. in Collaborative Learning, an MBA, Masters in Transpersonal Psychology, and Level II certification in Spiral Dynamics Integral.

Contact Info for Cheri Torres 

Web address: https://conversationsworthhaving.today/

Travels from: Asheville, NC

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Ep 237: Jackie Stavros, co-author of Conversations Worth Having, discusses the application of Appreciative Inquiry

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

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

>>> Visit MyQuestforTheBest.com for complete show notes and more expert advice and inspiring stories to propel your small business growth.

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.

Tweet-Ready Insights from this Episode

Generative questions are questions that you're naturally curious about that are innovative in style.>> #MQ4B Ep237 with Jackie Stavros (@JackieStavros), co-author of Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel… Click To Tweet In the Dream Stage we help employees to voice their visions of what a positive organizational future might look like.>> #MQ4B Ep237 with co-Jackie Stavros (@JackieStavros), author of Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative… Click To Tweet With appreciative inquiry, people start generating ideas for a new strategic approach.>> #MQ4B Ep237 with Jackie Stavros (@JackieStavros), co-author of Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and… Click To Tweet Appreciative inquiry can begin when you start talking to your employees and ask them about highpoint experiences working as a team in the organization. >> #MQ4B Ep237 with Jackie Stavros (@JackieStavros), co-author of… Click To Tweet Positive organizational futures can be reached through collective involvement and anticipatory learning. >> #MQ4B Ep237 with Jackie Stavros (@JackieStavros), co-author of Conversations Worth Having Click To Tweet Employees can link their collective strengths to what ‘might be’ through appreciative inquiry.>> #MQ4B Ep237 with Jackie Stavros (@JackieStavros), co-author of Conversations Worth Having Click To Tweet The 4D framework allows people to gain insight into actions through its structure.>> #MQ4B Ep237 with Jackie Stavros (@JackieStavros), co-author of Conversations Worth Having Click To Tweet Action plans should enable implementation and there may be a specific plan for each goal.>> #MQ4B Ep237 with Jackie Stavros (@JackieStavros), co-author of Conversations Worth Having Click To Tweet

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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 the Guest

Resources Mentioned During the Interview