Appreciative Team Building: Positive Questions to Bring Out the Best of Your Team. Diana Whitney, Amanda Trosten-Bloom, Jay Cherney, Ron Fry.

Appreciative Team Building: Positive Questions to Bring Out the Best of Your Team Book Cover Appreciative Team Building: Positive Questions to Bring Out the Best of Your Team
Diana Whitney, Amanda Trosten-Bloom, Jay Cherney, Ron Fry
December 16, 2004

Appreciative Team Building: Positive Questions to Bring out the Best of Your Team provides your team with everything it needs to discover the keys to past successes and future possibilities. Learn how to enhance your team’s performance by igniting engaging conversations.

Providing 48 positive questions, sample interview guides, and a step-by-step process for self-managed inquiry, Appreciative Team Building breaks new ground in the development of high-performance teams. Choose positive questions on any one of the topics that are pivotal to high performance and team development:

  • Clear and shared goals
  • Clear and shared roles and responsibilities
  • Supportive and empowering relationships
  • Clear and shared procedures
  • Nurturing and challenging leadership
  • Evolving energy and spirit
  • Productivity and performance
  • Complete, purposeful and uplifting communication

Then follow a step-by-step self-managed appreciative inquiry process that guides your team – your unique collection of relationships – towards its highest potential.

Diana Whitney, Ph.D. is President of Corporation for Positive Change, a Founder of the Taos Institute and Distinguished Consulting Faculty at Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center. An internationally recognized consultant, keynote speaker, and thought leader on the subjects of Appreciative Inquiry, positive change and spirituality at work, she has taught at Antioch University, Case Western Reserve University, Ashridge Management Institute (UK) and Eisher Institute (India). Diana is also an award-winning author and editor of dozens of books and articles on positive approaches to change. A premier consultant in the area of large-scale change, her clients include: Ameriquest Mortgage Company; British Airways; First Caribbean International Bank; Hunter Douglas Window Fashions; GTE-Verizon; Johnson & Johnson; NY Power Authority; Sandia National Labs; the United Religions Initiative; and Waggener Edstrom. Along with teaching and consulting, Diana is a spiritual counsellor, artist and healer. She lives in Taos, NM.

Amanda Trosten-Bloom is a Principal with Corporation for Positive Change. A nationally acclaimed consultant, trainer and author in the field of Appreciative Inquiry, Amanda’s work focuses primarily on facilitating strength-based whole-system change in the areas of culture transformation, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, leadership development and business process improvement. Over the course of 25 years as a consultant and manager, she has worked in a variety of arenas including manufacturing, service, high-tech, education, healthcare, financial and scientific. Her clients include: Accenture Consulting; Ameriquest Mortgage Company; Front Range Community College; Hunter Douglas North America; McDATA Corporation; the National Security Administration; Regis University; and United Religions Initiative. Amanda lives near Denver, CO.

Jay K. Cherney, Ph.D. is a psychologist, consultant, mediator, speaker and performer. He brings a wealth of clinical experience to the work of facilitating collaborative relationships in teams and organizations, and helps clients construct more useful conversations. His keynote speech on “Resilient Thinking” proposes that we reach our highest potential in today’s complexity when we play with multiple meanings and stories. A co-owner of Appreciative Inquiry Consulting, Jay has worked with healthcare and pharmaceutical clients, including several Johnson & Johnson companies. He is also a mediator for the US Postal Service. Jay lives near Philadelphia, PA.

Ronald Fry, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Faculty Director of the Executive MBA Program at Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management. A co-originator of the Appreciative Inquiry philosophy and practice, Ron has conducted Appreciative Leadership and Organization Capacity Building programs in more than 30 countries. He recently co-edited the first case book on Appreciative Inquiry, Appreciative Inquiry and Organizational Transformation: Reports from the Field. His clients include: Roadway Express; World Vision Relief; and the U.S. Navy. Ron lives in Cleveland,  OH.