Appreciative Inquiry for 2016 Planning


Are you familiar with the process of appreciative inquiry? Appreciative inquiry is the process of asking meaningful questions in a way that heightens positive potential.

I first learned of it in Kurt Wright’s book, “Breaking the Rules”. In this book, Wright shares a five question framework for applying appreciative inquiry principles to any aspect of your life or business.

Today, I’d like to take you through the first of the five questions, and we’ll continue this theme in our upcoming newsletters.

So, for today:

The first question is: What’s Working?

The best way to answer this is to set aside some time to be thoughtful and aware of what’s working in your life and business. Appreciate all the things that are already going right, as this creates a strong foundation of confidence and resiliency.

When I think about what’s working right now, my list looks something like:

What’s working:

  • I slept more than 8 hours last night.
  • Bob’s health is good.
  • My businesses are running well.
  • I’m having more free time.
  • I love my team of coaches.
  • I love the clients we work with.
  • I’m excited to take some time off in the next few weeks.

Now it’s your turn.

Grab a piece of paper, sit down and write: What’s working in your life and business right now? Keep going, it’s OK if the list is long. 🙂

Watch for the next question, next week!

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