Chris's Blog (10)

Aged Care & Disability Chair Chi Training

Here's our new Aged Care & Disability Chair Chi Training video clip that members may be interested in.



It's a short clip of 4'50 duration and covers the workshop in action and interviews with staff and residents and myself at Bupa Donvale aged care here in Melbourne, Australia.



We currently run training programs for staff, carers and volunteers in aged care centres throughout Australia.

I'd be interested to read any feedback you may have to offer.…



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Added by chris on April 25, 2016 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

AI: Enter the Gate

The expression ‘enter the gate’ is used in Tai Chi to denote the start of a journey. As you progress you arrive at many other gates that hopefully are the entrances to higher skill levels.

I sometimes wonder about those who enter the Appreciative Inquiry gate and where they will end up. Will the first path of their journey lead them to the:

  • Band Aid Gate – where a quick fix mindset develops which usually leads to the ‘it…
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Added by chris on August 15, 2013 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Creativity: Are You a Hamster?

When Sue and I came up with our AQ-KQ framework several years ago we included a section on the theme of creativity.

And under the theme of creativity we agreed there were three essential elements;

  • imagination
  • discovery
  • fun &…
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Added by chris on February 27, 2013 at 7:05am — No Comments

Jacque the Shark

She stood there in the middle of the gym, disengaged, as the other fifty grade 5 and 6 students swirled around her.

I tried to encourage her to join in with this organised chaos but she wasn’t interested. Her 10-year old body and tense brow indicated she wanted to be elsewhere.

I was puzzled. It was the fourth session of my ‘Pozitive Kidz are happy kidz’ program and she was still disengaged.

The theme for these workshops was on building self esteem from a Tai Chi…

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Added by chris on October 30, 2012 at 2:35pm — 3 Comments

Pozitive Kidz are Successful Kidz

Well, I’m ready to launch my new Pozitive Kidz are Succesful Kidz program for primary schools here in Melbourne, Australia.

The flyer is completed and the next step is to contact schools for an expression of interest, which I’ll do next week.

This 6 week program is designed for grade 5 and…

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Added by chris on October 29, 2012 at 3:45am — 2 Comments

Appreciative Inquiry: List of Principles & Assumptions

When I mention Appreciative Inquiry to someone I often get the response, ‘What’s that?’ So for those new to AI here’s a list of principles and assumptions to whet your appetite. I’ve also provided a link to our previous posts on some of the 8 Principles.



8 Principles…

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Added by chris on October 9, 2012 at 11:52am — 13 Comments

Appreciative Inquiry in Qingdao by Sue James

I began my career over thirty years ago as a teacher.

And it’s no secret to anyone who knows me or to those who follow my own blog, that I am still passionate about education and teaching.

For example in A Passionate Plea, as well as bemoaning the totally inappropriate and archaic practices still taking…

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Added by chris on September 13, 2012 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

Chair Chi: Aged Care

A recent experience working in the aged care sector here in Melbourne, Australia.

So far I have delivered two Chair Chi workshops in the aged care sector. One for a nursing home and one for a retirement village. Next week I have two more sessions booked so my workshops are starting to take off.

And what a pleasure it is in working with elderly people.

It was fun and inspiring not only to share the Chi exercises but also the wonderful conversations and…

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Added by chris on September 3, 2012 at 9:26am — 8 Comments

Appreciative Inquiry & Tai Chi: Same Language Different Words

I first met my colleague Sue James at the Great Provider at a business breakfast networking  meeting in 2005. The Great Provider was a cafe and after the meeting it did provide a great opportunity to connect with a like minded spirit.



I poured myself a cup of tea from the urn and Sue happened to be standing near me drinking her coffee. We introduced ourselves and talked about our…

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Added by chris on July 16, 2012 at 11:28am — 1 Comment

Appreciative Inquiry: THE Question

As an appreciative inquiry practitioner, it’s so easy to get caught up in the ‘busy-ness’ of work and forget to ask myself the most important question of the day.

And what’s that?

It’s “What appreciative question can I ask today?”

Without asking myself this, I often feel like an Appreciative Inquiry technician. That is, a technician who uses AI as a ‘tool’ rather than one who lives the principles of…

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Added by chris on May 31, 2012 at 7:06am — 4 Comments

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