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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 AI.
The other day, Sue and I were at a business meeting and we were describing Appreciative Inquiry to a business associate. We were looking at the possibilty of working together on an overseas project with him and how AI could benefit a large company with which he was associated.
I could see him nod his head but not really ‘get AI’. The topic turned to sport, coaching in particular, as we both shared the same background – he coaches a young football team and I’m an ex basketball coach.
So then I asked him an appreciative question: ’As a coach, can you tell me about a time when you faced the most difficult challenge and you were successful?’
All of a sudden, his face lit up and he told me the story of an 8-year old football player who he helped overcome the fear of playing a contact sport.
He was re-living that experience of success – seeing it and feeling it – and this made it easier for him to understand what it meant to ask appreciative questions in a workplace environment.
And in that moment I felt like I was living the spirit of Appreciative Inquiry.
It felt great, and it has encouraged me ask THE question on a daily basis.
What appreciative question can I ask today?
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