Appreciative Intelligence: Seeing the Mighty Oak in the Acorn

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, May 18, 2006 - Business & Economics - 200 pages
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Appreciative Intelligence provides a new answer to what enables successful people to dream up their extraordinary and innovative ideas; why employees, partners, colleagues, investors, and other stakeholders join them on the path to their goals, and how they achieve these goals despite obstacles and challenges. It is not simple optimism. People with appreciative intelligence are realistic and action oriented--they have the ability not just to identify positive potential, but to devise a course of action to take advantage of it. Drawing on their own original research and recent discoveries in psychology and cognitive neuroscience, Thatchenkery and Metzker outline the evidence for appreciative intelligence, detail its specific characteristics, and show how you can develop this skill and use it in your own life and work. They show how the most successful leaders are able to spread appreciative intelligence throughout an organization, and they offer tools and exercises you can use to increase your own level of appreciative intelligence and so become more creative, resilient, successful, and personally fulfilled.

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ForewordElevating and Extending Our Capacity to Appreciate the Appreciable World
The Missing Link
Chapter 2Leveraging Appreciative Intelligence
Chapter 3Appreciative Intelligence in Action
Chapter 4Reframing Reality for a Great View
Chapter 5Appreciating the Positive
Chapter 6Seeing How the Future Unfolds from the Present
Chapter 10The Brains Behind Appreciative Intelligence
Chapter 11Moving Forward for an Extraordinary Future
AcknowledgmentsAppreciating Those Who Made This Book Possible
Working for You
About the Authors

Chapter 7Appreciative Intelligence at Work
Chapter 8Developing Your Appreciative Intelligence
Chapter 9The Case for Appreciative Intelligence
About BerrettKoehler Publishers
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Tojo Thatchenkery, PhD, is a professor of organizational learning at the School of Public Policy, George Mason University. He is the author of several books and articles on change management and has consulted with many international organizations, including IBM, Lucent Technologies, the American Red Cross, British Petroleum, and the International Monetary Fund.

Carol Metzker has a master's degree in organizational learning from George Mason University and has more than fifteen years’ experience in communications and corporate environments.

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