Friday, 7 August 2015

Do you come alive when someone encourages you?  Take a look at this delightful photo of Lo as fellow participants applaud him.  I love the look of joy on his face.

My colleague Jané and I recently used the encouragement principles of appreciative enquiry to frame two workshops in China.  We focused on 4 stages:

Devotions: What does the Bible have to say about what we are working on?
Delight: What is going really well in the work already?
Dream: What would we love to see happening in the future? 
Design: What steps can we take from where we are towards this dream?    

The beauty of this approach is its positive focus.  As the Bible tells us 'let us encourage one another' Hebrews 10v25.  This helps participants relax, avoids defensiveness and encourages people to dream big and take risks.  We also found that by sticking what we discovered on the walls we could help everyone see the journey we were on.

There's much more detail to appreciative enquiry than this. But I've found over the years that just using these words has often been enough.  For instance I've used them to structure an evaluation, a learning review, feedback on a field visit and the simplest of conversations.  I hope people leave with smiles on their faces and ready to chase their dreams.  

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this Richard - I have now posted a summary of the approach on the programme effectiveness hub. It would be great to see this really positive approach being used more. (