Date & Time 
Saturday, August 9, 2008 - 10:12am
Event Description 

What: A workshop sponsored by the Master of Arts in Leadership program. It will explore "Appreciative Inquiry," an approach to human growth and development that focuses on what's possible rather than what's wrong. Instead of entering into the downward spiral of identifying problems and assigning blame, Appreciative Inquiry looks for what's working in a certain situation and how we can build on it.

This approach is particularly effective when navigating difficult conversations. Through the lens of Appreciative Inquiry, difficult conversations become opportunities for learning and joint discovery. They are catalysts for expanding our understanding of any difficult issue we might be facing. Most importantly, Appreciative Inquiry can help us see that multiple perspectives or realities exist for any issue and it's in exploring these multiple realities that we are able to see possibilities.

Participants will learn to:

*Use the principles and practices of Appreciative Inquiry in service of conducting difficult conversations more effectively.

*Be more aware of the ability to be mindful.

*Suspend initial judgment in order to gain access to a deeper level of understanding.

*Ask questions that illuminate and build on what's right about what someone is saying.

*Be aware that the very act of asking a question creates change in one direction or the other and that reality is co-created in the moment by the conversation.

In this highly interactive workshop, participants will learn by doing. Toward this end, participants will receive:

*A pre-program personality assessment to better understand individual strengths and challenges associated with using appreciative inquiry and navigating difficult conversations.

*A thorough explanation of the principles and practices of Appreciative Inquiry.

*A video-taped practice session with individual coaching and feedback.

Who: The workshop will be facilitated by Rich Been, an executive coach at the Center for Creative Leadership where he works with clients across North America and Europe in the design and delivery of custom leadership development programs. Rich's specific area of interest is Appreciative Inquiry, an approach to individual and organization development based on the assumption that questions and dialogue about strengths, successes, values, hopes, and dreams are themselves transformative.

When: Saturday, August 9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Saint Mary's College, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga CA, Filippi Academic Hall 115

Cost: $95 for the general public and $75 for SMC alumni

To register: contact or 925 631-8681

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