The Essentials of Appreciative Inquiry (Ai)

A process for creating positive futures

“Organisations & individuals grow in the direction of what they repeatedly ask questions about & focus their attention on.”
David Cooperrider – founder of Appreciative Inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry is a process for change which builds on what is already working & valued. Ai works on the premise that whatever we focus on, we empower, creating more of it. Like a search engine  what we look for we will find!

“The Purpose of Appreciative Inquiry is therefore to build on the root causes of Success – not of failure, To build on our Strengths – not our weaknesses.”

This dynamic, proactive approach is highly effective in:The Art Of Appreciation

  • Personal, team & leadership development
  • Strategic planning
  • Change management
  • Organisational development
  • Education & training, supervision
  • Mentoring & coaching
  • Conflict management 
  • Performance management/reviews

‘Appreciative Inquiry’ does not replace other tools but rather offers a different stance that increases the effectiveness of their application. The approach especially encourages & enhances innovation, creativity & the ability to think out of the box.

Being an Ai practitioner &/or organisation, “What We Focus On, We Empower” can become your greatest tool for present & future personal, team & organisational development & growth.

3-Day Workshop Overview

Day 1: Understanding & experiencing Appreciative Inquiry (Ai)

  • The origins of Ai
  • Rethinking our approach to organizational change
  • How Ai works – theory & process
  • The 5 generic processes of Ai
  • The 5 core principles of Ai

Day 2: Practicing & facilitating Appreciative Inquiry (Ai)

  • Asking questions that matter
  • Communication skills & styles that align to Ai effectiveness
  • Being an Ai practitioner in your community, team &/or organization
  • Shifting your way of being & seeing to an appreciative approach
  • Choosing the positive as a focus of inquiry in your organisation 

Day 3: Aligning (Ai) to your clients, team’s & organizations needs

  • Ai principles in practice
  • Applying Ai in your personal, community &/or organizational setting

Workshop Details

Date: 17th - 19th March 2020

Time: 9.00am - 4.30pm (3 full days)

Venue: Free Spirit Training Retreat, 4 Gwyn Street, Broad Bay, Dunedin

Food: Healthy lunch, morning & afternoon teas provided daily

Cost: $1495 + GST which includes Ai manual/resources.

Facilitator: Chris Charteris–Wright, Accredited Ai Facilitator

Phone us on 03 478 0061 or email [email protected] for more information or to make a reservation.


"The AI Workshop I attended with Chris & Kim as the facilitators was both mind blowing and mind opening! The tools and skills presented and practiced have assisted in so many ways my ability to manage and grow our business. Understanding the errors of our ways from traditional performance and business management processes and turning them on their heads (which is the AI way) has resulted in far higher staff and customer satisfaction, super high enthusiasm for doing better than ok work and in turn increased business performance. I would highly recommend anyone considering a new and POSITIVE approach to managing business, teams and conflict to attend an AI course - it will be the best decision you could make."
Rebecca Twemlow, Managing Director

"Appreciative Inquiry is a process that focuses on using the right words, at the right time to discover the best possible solutions to any challenge. I saw huge value in attending Chris's three day course and continue to use the skills and techniques that he taught in both my personal and professional life. I would highly recommend that anyone who is supervising others, managing projects, or simply wants to improve their communication style attends this course."
Sarah Bond, Principal Consultant
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