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Consulting

We get results through high-engagement, strength-based organization and community change.

Workshops

Our Appreciative Inquiry and Appreciative Leadership workshops are engaging, uplifting and practical.

Speaking

Our compelling and provocative speeches are the perfect way to launch your meeting, conference or large-scale event

Words Create Worlds: One Woman’s Reflections

“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” ― George Orwell, 1984 Two days ago, I read a Facebook post about a series of misogynist comments made by several American elected officials on the heels of last week’s post-inauguration Women’s...

Post-election ponderings

Do not mistake my optimism and positive approach as a dismissal of the gravity of what we are experiencing as a nation.  Rather, it is currently the place I am on my path through grief.  We all will have different paths in that process.  As a clinician, I have seen...

#PositiveChange at School

My daughter is a worry-wart.  I don’t feel guilty saying it: she would say the same herself.  But optimism is not an inherent part of her nature. Last semester (her second-to-last in college) she was having a bit of a hard time: feeling kind of blue … low motivation …...

Three easy steps to enhance performance

In our 2010 book, #AppreciativeLeadership, @DianaWhitneyPhD, Kae Rader and I introduced 5 core strategies to drive winning performance and build a thriving organization.  One of the #AppreciativeLeadership practices we described– strength spotting – is particularly...

True Confessions of a Super-Chicken

I just watched #MargaretHeffernan’s TED talked, “Why It’s Time to Forget the Pecking Order at Work.” She opens with a story about a flock of “super-chickens,” bred over 6 generations from among the most individually productive in an ordinary flock of birds. Six more...

Living Values … Living Spaces

My husband just bought a new car. Amid the flurry of choices about form, function and color, the questions he most wrestled with were about his values. Was he more attached to speed, or economy? Luxury, or comfort? This car, he realized, was more than a way to get...

The Power of Paradigms

“Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.” I saw #TheImitationGame last week, and it was extraordinary. The story of Alan Turing (called by some the “father of the modern computer”), this movie shows us the...

Positive Change is Contagious!

Earlier this week, Barbara Lewis and I hosted a learning lab for changemakers. 90 or so leaders from businesses, nonprofits, government and healthcare came together to network, share best practices, and experience new #PositiveChange practices that get results. The...