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Appreciative Coaching: A Positive Process for Change

ISBN: 978-0-7879-8453-3
272 pages
February 2007, Jossey-Bass
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Appreciative Coaching describes an approach to coaching that is rooted in Appreciative Inquiry. At its core the Appreciative Coaching method shows individuals how to tap into (or rediscover) their own sense of wonder and excitement about their present life and future possibilities. Rather than focusing on individuals in limited or problem-oriented ways, Appreciate Coaching guides clients through four stages—Discovery, Dream, Design, and Destiny—that inspire them to an appreciative and empowering view of themselves and their future.
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Table of Contents

Foreword (Frank J. Barrett).



The Authors.

1. An Overview of Appreciative Coaching.

2. Positive Methods.

3. The Foundation of Appreciative Coaching—Part I: The Constructionist Principle and the Positive Principle.

4. The Foundation of Appreciative Coaching—Part II: The Simultaneity Principle, the Poetic Principle, and the Anticipatory Principle.

5. The Appreciative Coaching Process: Getting Started.

6. Discovery Stage: Reflecting and Celebrating.

7. Dream Stage: Articulating Potential.

8. Design Stage: Directing Attention and Action.

9. Destiny Stage: Being and Becoming.

10. Stepping into Appreciative Coaching.

A Glossary of Terms.

Appendix A: Our Research Methodology.

Appendix B: Client Information Form.

Appendix C: Coaching Prep Form.




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Author Information

The Authors

SARA L. OREM is adjunct professor of management in the graduate programs at Capella University and principal of Lotus Coaching. She has presented programs in Appreciative Inquiry at OD Network and the Transformative Learning Conference.

JACQUELINE BINKERT is an executive coach and organization development consultant with extensive experience supporting leaders and other professionals to create positive change. She works in such industries as manufacturing, service, finance, and healthcare.

ANN L. CLANCY specializes in executive coaching, strategic planning, and organizational change, using positive methodologies to create positive change. Her clients include corporations, government agencies, community organizations, and small business.

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The authors have done a marvelous job of bringing appreciative inquiry to coaching. This is must reading for any coach who wants to help clients tap their full potential and make a difference in the world."
—Robert E. Quinn, M. E. Tracy Collegiate Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

"Appreciative Coaching is chock-full of useful methods, ideas, and stories that will inspire and inform effective coaching practice. Built on a solid research foundation, the book reframes coaching as a transformative, appreciative practice and provides valuable guidance for all potential and current coaches who want to have impact."
—Jane E. Dutton, William Russell Kelly Professor of Business Administration, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

"Whether you are a coach, manager, or consultant, this is a book you don't want to miss. It presents an in-depth look at a new model of Appreciative Coaching that integrates theory and practice into an evidence-based coaching approach. Imagine the energy and learning for your client or organization as you explore and build upon success! It's not only a concrete method for coaches to use but also a great resource to add to your business or personal library."
—Diane Brennan, vice president,International Coach Federation 2005 and 2006

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