Wednesday, October 05, 2005

What Is Appreciative Inquiry

Buzzoodle Consulting has a phase that talks to an organization's employees and identifies great stories, what the company does well, buzzworthy news, etc. It focuses on the positive. I just got off the phone with someone who told me about Appreciative Inquiry, which does the same thing. The difference is that the Appreciative Inquiry is geared to problem solving and moral boosting in the company as an end product. Buzzoodle does that as a by product. It is nice to be able to put a name to something we have long felt is a big advantage of going through our process. The very fact that you focus on the positive and ask employees questions has a give impact on company culture and moral.