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SOAR with Jaqui Stavros - AI in July
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Thursday, 6 May 2010
Been through SWOT [that's Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats]? Do you know why that process, used so much by organisations, gets bogged down and (usually) goes nowhere with no end in sight? It's this:

Because the human brain has evolved to concentrate on the Ws and Ts first

(and there's no end to Ws and Ts).

If you want something to happen, you have to work on the positives - the Strengths - this is the philosophy of Appreciative Inquiry (AI). And it works!

Jackie Stavros, PhD created another approach, the AI approach:

SOAR

Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results

  • Strengths: what do we do well and love doing well?
  • Opportunities: where can we take this with our Strengths?
  • Aspirations: what is our preferred future, where do we want to be?
  • Results: how will we know when we get there? What will have changed?

Notice the link to Mega Planning - our preferred future in not far from our Vision of the Future.
In the end, we go where we want to go - and enjoy the route!

PS: Oh, and if you're still worried about the Ws and Ts - you'll be amazed at how they get taken care of. They don't take as much energy as you thought.

PPS: Just one more thing - following on the trail of David Cooperrider (co-originator of AI) she's coming to Australia in July - Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Be there! Details soon.
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