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Appreciative Inquiry and the Heliotropic Principle


  • 1. Appreciative inquiry
    Applying the Heliotropic Principle to Influence Organizational Development
  • 2. What is
    Appreciative inquiry?
    It is the co-evolutionary search for the best in people, their organizations, and the relevant world around them.
    Is rooted in radical social constructionism, appreciation, and the generative power of positive imagery, concentrating on positive means and methods rather than deficit-based, curative action.
    A transformational change process that focuses on improving existing organizational processes and challenging established belief systems through sharing of new ideas and knowledge; in essence to change how people think rather than what people do.
  • 3. Why
    Appreciative inquiry?
    Deficit-based, or concentrating on whats wrong within an organization, isnt a positive or a sustainable method of creating change.
    Seeks to build unions between people as they talk about past and present capabilities; focusing on such things as achievements, potentials, innovations, strengths, benchmarks, and memorable stories.
    Initiating organizational change requires an understanding that organizations are socially constructed entities and that generating the environment in which people act and interact creates new realities through learning and innovation.
  • 4. The heliotropic principle
    Is a fundamental aspect of appreciative inquiry.
    Describes the scientific process of an organism rotating toward or developing into the sunlight, with the most recognized example being the sunflower.
    The sunflower pinpoints the suns progress as it journeys across the sky.
    The heliotropic principle as it applies in organizational development follows suit in that organizations operate like plants; they move toward what gives them life and energy.
    Applying appreciative inquiry, with the heliotropic principle as the driving vehicle in discovering, dreaming, designing, and destiny, can not only transform organizational processes but do so in a way that becomes self-nourishing and therefore sustainable in the longer run.
  • 5. Determining the internal dialogue
    The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can change his life by changing his attitude of mind. William James
    In memory, stories, and imagination there are resources that enable the organization to shape the way dialogue is read and the choice of reading affects how change comes about.
    If these images are out of step the group will experience itself as dysfunctional and rational attempts to fix itself will not work until the underlying affirmative image is changed.
    To apply the heliotropic principle, determining the internal dialogue of the organization is needed.
    What are people really saying?
    How is this information interpreted?
    Dialogue and organizational image are not in synch
    Fundamentally, an organizations affirming image is the most important aspect of change potential as nothing the rational mind decides it wants will happen if the inner dialogue is resistant to it.
  • 6. Delving into the inner dialogue through
    to encourage organizational change.
  • 7. Discovering the best of what is and has been
    No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an unchartered land, or opened a new doorway for human spirit. Helen Keller
    People share stories of times in the organization's history when relationships, processes, methods, and other characteristics were most effective.
    By focusing on existing successes and desired conditions, rather than deficits collected from the past, people are more likely to accept change directed at accomplishing the ideal while continuing their work in the present.
    When people change their inner and explicit dialogues to focus primarily on affirmation and support, they change their stories and their organizations for the better
    As people become increasingly aware of the positive core of their organization and appreciation escalates, hope grows, as does the organization.
    AH- HA!
  • 8. Dreaming or imagining what could be
    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. Edgar Allen Poe
    It is at this stage that people use past achievements, personal dreams, a mission, a calling, or a vision to develop a clear, compelling visual image of a desired future state.
    As long as a societys image is positive and flourishing, the flower of the culture is in full bloom. Once the image begins to decay and lose its vitality the culture does not long survive.
    When it comes to organizational health and performance, there may be no single factor more important than positive images of the future, consistently communicated through vital internal dialogue.
  • 9. Designing what should be
    Each man should frame his life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet. Victor Hugo
    Once a vivid dream of an organizations potential is shared amongst its people, they are far more likely to cooperate in designing a system that makes that dream a reality.
    It is during this phase that people identify key facts of the organizational systems and structures needed to support the realization of their collectively generated dreams.
    As positive images are shared about how to design the best way to achieve the organizations vision, behaviors change and performance improvement is evident.
  • 10. Destiny or delivering what will be
    Our destiny changes with our thought, we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to do, when our habitual thought corresponds with our desire.
    Orson SwettMarden
    Sensible strategies are put into practice and room is created for the systems and structures needed to allow ideas to continuously flow and develop.
    Generative conversations create a new belief system with novel and innovative ways to collaborate, to infuse technology, and improve practices.
    After all, people, and their organizations, create the worlds they live in
    How each goes out and enacts what is important to him or her, their organizations, brings about a flourishing destiny for everyone.
  • 11. Conclusion
    Man is a being who, being in the world, is ever ahead of himself, caught up in bringing alive with his projectionWhatever comes to light owes its presence to the fact that man has provided the overall imaginative sunlight for viewing.
    Edward Murray
    The heliotropic principle, in drawing out the human spirit within an organization, begins to construct a more desirable future.
    So too do organizations turn toward a positive image of itself.
    It is this positive image that gives the energy the organization needs and the process for creating that image that creates the energy to drive change throughout the organization.
    A sunflower, along its daily journey does not just seek the sun; its large, vividly flowering face finds and embraces it.