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Appreciative Inquiry: Better Communication, Better Leadership, Better Teams — Mar 22 Bloomington Workshop

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It is a proven fact that what we pay attention to will flourish. Organizations, like people, move in the direction of what they focus on. Too often the energy, attention, and creative resources of an organization are usurped by fixation on deficit thinking – trying to fix weaknesses. Reaching your full potential becomes impossible when this narrative becomes ingrained in the organization’s culture. But what if we were to focus our attention on what works best in our organizations? What if we prioritized the discovery and clarification of our strengths, the collaborative imaging of new ideas stemming from those strengths, and the design and delivery of progressive goals that manifest the best possible scenarios we can imagine for our companies? Facilitator Michael Gold; Jazz Impact

The Performance Excellence Network is pleased to announce a special full-day workshop Friday, March 22 in Bloomington: “Appreciative Inquiry: Better Communication, Better Leadership, Better Teams through the Power of Improv and Leveraging Your Strengths.”  The workshop will be facilitated by Michael Gold, PhD and principal and founder of Jazz Impact (and keynote speaker at the PENworks 2018 conference).

Research has established that visionary organizations and their leadership have the capacity to learn and apply lessons from the best of the past (continuity), to surface and develop ideas for creative acts (innovation), and to enact actual changes in systems and behaviors to progress towards a desired state (transition).  And there are processes and tools to help organizations and teams do this successfully.

 In his keynote for PENworks 2018, Michael, engaged people in the collaborative dynamics of jazz improvisation to provide insights into how the dynamics of jazz improvisation can enhance and sustain this type of workplace culture.  In this action learning workshop, Michael will take these ideas to the next level.  This session will use hands-on engagement with the jazz model as an introduction to the transformational methods of Appreciative Inquiry (AI), for which Michael is an accredited facilitator.

 At the end of this session, you will have mastered the intuitive, highly accessible techniques of AI to enable you and the people you work with to:

  • surface and identify your best achievements of the past, both as individuals and as an organization;
  • understand the context and supporting factors that generated those strengths and collaborative achievements;
  • collaboratively design strategies and organizational conditions that will foster and cultivate those strengths; and
  • create action plans around procedures and behavior protocol that will foster organizational learning, innovation, and intelligent risk taking necessary to realize those envisioned outcomes.
January 31st, 2019 8:30 AM   through   4:30 PM
Normandale Community College
9700 France Avenue South
Bloomington, MN 55439
United States

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Event Fee(s)
Member Event Fee $ 325.00
Non Member Event Fee $ 650.00
Teams of 3-4 same organization registering same time, ea. $ 300.00
Teams of 5+, same organization registering same time, ea. $ 275.00
Premium Member $ 0.00

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