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Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry

Leaders cannot predict the complex challenges they are called on to face. Veteran consultants Joan McArthur-Blair and Jeanie Cockell show that Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is an invaluable tool to build resilience.

AI is a widely used change approach that emphasizes identifying what’s working well in a system. Leaders can use AI to increase their ability to weather the storms they’ll inevitably encounter and be resilient. A profound guide, this book features personal accounts from leaders across a variety of settings describing how they’ve practiced appreciative resilience in the ongoing cycle of hope, despair, and forgiveness.

This book received a Nautilus Book Award. These awards “recognize, promote, and celebrate books that support conscious living & sustainability, high-level health & wellness, spiritual growth, and positive social change & social justice.”

What people are saying:

“Joan and Jeanie provide a compass to help any leader – formal or otherwise – navigate the often bumpy journey with compassion and resilience.”

“Jeanie and Joan have written a wholly unique, original and poetic book.”

“They fan the capacity to inquire into and fuel the bravery leaders hold in their hearts.”

Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education

This work is created out of the practices and stories of two life time educators and consultants who are committed to the use of AI in Higher Education. Their theories, concepts, and stories are woven together with those of colleagues from around the world. Together they offer insights into how AI can harness the drive and imagination of individuals, groups, and institutions. The book builds out of the foundations of AI and takes the reader on an ever deepening journey of how AI can be used to provide leaders, practitioners, faculty, and organizational developers with insights from AI fundamentals to new and evolving concepts, frameworks, and agendas. This book is both a thought provoking and practical resource.

Although designed for higher education many people across all sectors have found this book extraordinary in its clarity and usefulness when using appreciative inquiry.

The upcoming 2nd edition provides an insightful afterword which offers new reflections on the work of appreciative inquiry.

Watch for 2nd edition coming soon!

What people are saying:

“This book is an inspiring and expansive guide to developing appreciative practice in higher education”

“Joan and Jeanie have tapped the depth and breadth of their substantive knowledge and skills to write a must-read text for higher education.”

“Jeanie and Joan have written a book that points squarely at their North Star – fostering all that higher education can be, so that it might be a transformative force for good in the world.”

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