Words Create Worlds ® - February Newsletter
People who are new to Appreciative Inquiry are extremely inquisitive - about problems, about conflict. How do we "handle" them with Appreciative Inquiry? How do we "manage" the interruptions? How do we find the "solutions"?

These questions resembled my own curiosity at the start of my Ai journey. As Director of Human Resources, much of my time was spend solving problems and resolving conflict. According to the Poetic Principle in Appreciative Inquiry, what we choose to concentrate on makes a difference. What aspects of a situation do we focus on?

Society, collectively, is taught to focus on the problem and only the problem. To forge ahead, we repeatedly make decisions to "do this or that" (referred to as either/or mentality). By viewing and operating in the world through an 'either/or' lens, we are limiting our view of reality to just two ways of seeing it; however, by adopting the Appreciative 'both/and' mentality - constantly asking ourselves and others 'what might be..." - we open our world to endless possibilities and opportunities.

With the barrage of negative media that surrounds us, it is easy to lose sight of the good that transpires around us on a daily basis. Making the paradigm shift from either/or to both/and is no easy feat and requires mindful, daily practice and intention.

We each have our own journey to walk. As change agents, our purpose is not to 'fix' problems; rather our work is to guide others to celebrate what's good, seek out opportunities, and dream of the possibilities.

Have you made the shift? If so, how do you continue to practice a both/and mentality?  

May you all have a wonderful and bountiful week.
Kathy Becker,
President & CEO
Newly Certified Appreciative Inquiry Members

We are pleased to introduce our newest Certified Appreciative Inquiry Facilitators and Coaches to our growing AI family. The individuals listed below participated in a certification course and submitted a practicum demonstrating their knowledge and application of Appreciative Inquiry. In reading their practicums, we are able to celebrate in their achievements and observe how AI has positively influenced their lives - personally and professionally.
We invite you to visit our website as new practicums are posted frequently.
20 Positive Outcomes from a Strength-Based Approach to Change

The topic of change doesn't go away.  Google the phrase books on 'change' and 1,570,000,000 results come up.  C hange methods results in 928,000,000 searches;  c hange management 474,000,000;  c hange leadership 493,000,000; s trength-based change 51,200,000; s trength-based leadership  4,150,000.  You get my point.

There are countless ways to approach change. Your values, mindset and experience will determine what fits for you.  We talk about winners and losers in change.  There is money to be made in change, especially if you are brought in to design or facilitate it.

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11 Things You Can Do Today to be Happier

When my oldest started school, she got into the habit of coming home with a litany of complaints about the injustices she'd experienced that day.

Someone took the red crayon she wanted. The teacher chose someone else for a special job. Someone said something that wasn't nice and didn't even get in trouble for it.

The more she complained ... the more she complained. To break the cycle, I established a new rule: I would listen to every single bad thing she wanted to tell me, but only after she shared three positive things that happened.

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Authentic Appreciation

Steve Farber, a fellow devotee of leadership and superb public speaker will frequently ask his audience:  "How many of you have ever received a note from someone expressing sincere appreciation for something you did?"   Most in the audience will raise their hands.  "And how many of you still have that note?"  Again, most will keep their hands up.  He goes on to ask how long the members of the audience have kept the notes.  "Five years?"  "Ten years?" "Twenty years?"  Many hands remain even as Steve asks "Twenty-five years."  But the record is forty years, and when Steve asked his respondent if he remembered what the note said, the person reached into his pants pocket and pulled the note from his wallet. After forty years, he still considered it one of his most prized possessions.

How many of us have kept a similar note?  And for those of us who have, what is our opinion and feeling about the person who wrote it?

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Want to Mentally Be Tough? Science Recommends 1 Surprising Daily Habit

When we resolve to be more resilient and mentally strong, we often adopt a militaristic "tough it out" approach. That is, we believe the more we put our noses to the grindstone and endure, the stronger and grittier we'll become. Picture: a Marine slogging through the mud, or a football player dusting himself off to make one more play.

However, Shawn Achor, world-famous speaker and author of The Happiness Advantage, has found a key to mental toughness that flies in the face of traditional thinking.
"Resilience is how you recharge, not how you endure," he revealed in a post for Harvard Business Review.
His research found that the traditional method for developing grit--"toughing it out"--often has the opposite effect, resulting in burnout, insomnia, and $62 billion (yes, with a "b") of lost productivity every year.

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