“We live in worlds our conversations create.” -David L. Cooperrider
Interview with Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres
This article was originally published at A Leadership Beyond. See the original here.
A Leadership Beyond is a collaboration between Positive Delta Founder, Adrienne Guerrero and Tom Rosenak of Diamond Mind Enterprises. Published bi-monthly, it features articles, interviews, and videos that will connect you with a diverse panel of experts who share strategies, tools and techniques for leadership.
We are thrilled to publish our interview with Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres, authors of
Conversations Worth Having – Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement.
As a community of conversation, A Leadership Beyond ranks the ability to facilitate effective and meaningful conversations high on the leadership excellence pyramid. To accomplish this requires an awareness, a framework, and continuous practice.
This is a terrific book, not merely to read, but to serve as a practice guide to help us evaluate and improve our conversations over time.
In this interview, Jackie and Cheri clearly define and demonstrate the value of appreciative inquiry by giving real world examples to illustrate the power of positive framing, teach us the why and how of asking generative questions, and demonstrate the path to avoiding the negative spiral of difficult conversations while moving collaboratively in a positive direction. This practice can help us create an environment where everyone is seen, heard, and understood.
From the foundation of this environment, we can:
We are confident you will enjoy and benefit from this conversation with Jackie and Cheri.
We hope you engage us in conversation so we can learn together how to thrive and meet challenges from a place of hopeful curiosity and deep appreciation.
This is a marvelous way to begin the New Year!
Tom & Adrienne