Art of Appreciative Inquiry

The "Appréciative Inquiry" is a method for conducting change based on collective intelligence. It was founded in the late 1980s in the United States and has developed in France and Europe in recent years.


What is it about ?


"Each team has something that works well, gives it life, efficiency and ensures its success. "


With the Appreciative Inquiry we advance by examining what an organization has experienced and succeeded better, what continues to exist to support it, and what it plans to be in the future.


It helps organizations identify what they want more of, create a shared vision of the future and turn that vision into reality.


The Appreciative Inquiry begins with the discovery of what is positive and what already works within the objective of progress. It is this "core of success" that serves as an energizing and inspiring support for the development of any new project.


What is a positive approach to change?


It is about focusing on solutions to achieve a state of success rather than solutions to remove a problem.


Questioning in the context of the Appreciative Inquiry


Questions that highlight strengths and successes bolster enthusiasm, creativity, hope, motivation and commitment. New directions can then emerge and innovative actions taken.


The Appreciative Inquiry gives very good results because it:

  • Develops positive relationships, a spirit of cooperation and shared responsibility
  • Encourages people to share their wishes and vision for the future
  • Gives many avenues of action to build the future
  • Allows people to be listened to and participate meaningfully
  • Allows the desired and shared change to exist

The applications of the Appreciative Approach are numerous:

  • Group strategy and planning
  • Development of management and leadership
  • Improved quality of work life
  • Transformation and evolution process
  • Team cohesion
  • Development of creativity and innovation
  • ...