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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

What if you introduced yourself as a Cynicism Eradicator?

Earlier this month, I wrote this quote, Be a Cynicism Eradicator, on the Quotable Quotes board at the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) conference here in Denver.  I first heard it an IAP2 conference several years ago in Madison for which I was...

“Yes we can” means … yes, we can

Years ago, the church I attend required a large capital investment to make space for growth. The theme of the campaign – around the time of Barak Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign – was “yes we can!” A particularly intrepid member of the congregation dressed up in a...

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...