“Appreciative Inquiry is the best process I know for engaging and building bridges among
people of radically diverse backgrounds. It enables people to bring their
best thoughts, experiences, skills to bear, in service of their
dreams for the future. It gives them a forum for fostering positive change
in their organizations, their communities, and the world.“
Amanda Trosten-Bloom is a Principal with both the Rocky Mountain Center for Positive Change and Corporation for Positive Change – local and global consultancies that get results by applying the principles and advancing the practices of Appreciative Inquiry and related transformational processes. A widely acclaimed consultant, master trainer, energizing speaker, and pioneer in the use of Appreciative Inquiry for high engagement, whole system change, she builds results oriented partnerships with organizational and community leaders and teams in support of strategic planning, culture change and organizational excellence. Working across sectors in business, nonprofit and government organizations, her clients have included: Hewlett-Packard; the Unitarian Universalist Association; IHS; ACT; Hunter Douglas Window Fashions Division; National Security Administration; Goddard Space Flight Center; The Denver Foundation; and the Cities of Boulder, Denver and Longmont, CO; and Boulder County, CO. Her work focuses primarily on strength-based change in the areas of culture transformation, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, leadership development, and business process improvement.
Amanda is also co-author of the best-selling book The Power of Appreciative Inquiry: A Practical Guide to Positive Change (Berrett-Koehler: 2003 and 2010), considered to be the strongest practical guide to Appreciative Inquiry on the market. Additional publications include Appreciative Leadership: Focus on What Works to Drive Winning Performance and Build a Thriving Organization (McGraw-Hill, 2010); Appreciative Team Development: Positive Questions to Bring Out the Best in Your Team (iUniverse, 2005); the Encyclopedia of Positive Questions – Volume One: Questions to Bring Out the Best at Work (Crown Custom Publishing, 2003 and 2014),; and more than a dozen articles and book chapters.
What Clients Say About Amanda:
“Amanda is enormously articulate and a phenomenal listener. She can synthesize and
pull out the themes in the liveliest of discussions. She’s also open and flexible:
able and willing to change course and make adjustments that enable clients to achieve their goals.”
Chief Operating Officer, Unitarian Universalist Association
“She has deep knowledge of how to advance organizations and institutions, and is
powerfully grounded in real life examples of positive change.”
Retired Fortune 50 Senior Executive, Business Development