About Conversations Worth Having
Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement
Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres
“Conversations are at the heart of everything we do. They are key to effective leadership, high performing teams, and strong relationships. We all know that they influence us, but we rarely stop to think about how much they affect our well-being and our ability to thrive. Our conversations directly influence our present moment and possible futures.
Using real-life stories, our book teaches you two simple practices for creating conversations worth having and five principles to support success.
The practices and principles originate from the work of David Cooperrider on Appreciative Inquiry, one of the most widely used approaches for fostering positive change in organizations and communities. The two practices–positive framing and asking generative questions–can to turn any conversation into one worth having. Through real-life stories, you will discover how people are using Appreciative Inquiry and these practices at work, in communities, and in their personal lives. You will learn to use appreciative inquiry-based conversations to help you:
- Discover the best in people, organizations, and the world
- Value all voices and inspire generativity, creativity, and possibilities thinking
- Challenge the status quo and open a world of opportunity
- Fuel productive and meaningful engagement
- Inspire new options for better living
- Help everyone communicate better and flourish in all areas of their lives”
(“Conversations Worth Having”, 2018)
Stavros, J., Torres, C., & Cooperrider, D. (2018). Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement. Oakland, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
Appreciative Inquiry, Dialogic Organization Development, Dialogue, Learning Teams, Generative Questions, Name it – Flip it – Frame it