17 episodes

Learn how to unlock the power of ”the other AI” - Appreciative Inquiry - with host Dr. Lindsey Godwin. AI is one of the best kept secrets behind meaningful and lasting change at organizations like Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Apple, The Cleveland Clinic, and the United Nations. In each episode, we’ll hear from leaders and experts who have achieved astonishing results at their organizations, from improved teamwork and productivity, to increased engagement and revenue. Get inspired with ”Inspiring Impacts,” brought to you by the Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry at Champlain College.

Inspiring Impacts Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry at Champlain College

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    • 4.9 • 16 Ratings

Learn how to unlock the power of ”the other AI” - Appreciative Inquiry - with host Dr. Lindsey Godwin. AI is one of the best kept secrets behind meaningful and lasting change at organizations like Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Apple, The Cleveland Clinic, and the United Nations. In each episode, we’ll hear from leaders and experts who have achieved astonishing results at their organizations, from improved teamwork and productivity, to increased engagement and revenue. Get inspired with ”Inspiring Impacts,” brought to you by the Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry at Champlain College.

    Enough Hope to Spare: How Appreciative Inquiry Boosts the Human in Human Services with Dr. Nicole Bossard

    Enough Hope to Spare: How Appreciative Inquiry Boosts the Human in Human Services with Dr. Nicole Bossard

    Dr. Nicole Bossard helps community and social service agencies align organizational values and business practices; strengthen accountability processes; improve collaborative partnerships; improve employee engagement and dramatically expand leadership capacity throughout the organization. With over 25 years experience helping social and human service providers make the shift from compliance-driven practice to real impact for individuals, families, employers, and communities in urban, suburban, rural areas, and Tribal nations across the United States, Dr. Nicole understands the pressures to perform and deliver results in a systems context. She joins us to share her journey with Appreciative Inquiry, where she has seen it have real impact in child protective services, and how she thinks organizations can tap into their best resource: the full engagement and inclusion of their employees and customers! 
     
    EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS
    Dr. Nicole shares how she discovered Appreciative Inquiry and what pushed her toward taking a deep dive in applying it in her work.
    She shares her commitment to making our relationship accountability objectives as important as our systems change objectives.
    Appreciative Inquiry challenges the faulty premise that we have to focus in on the problem, which only pigeon holes us to the presenting issue.
    Dr. Nicole’s work leading systems change in child welfare services meant gathering a whole system of stakeholders, including among others, birth parents.
    She shares how she helped create safe spaces for people in a system rife with secondary trauma.
    She walks us through the process of how she ran a Summit to improve system outcomes for child welfare services.
    There is a transformation that happens when you invite people to see themselves as leaders.
    Dr. Nicole shares the story of Sherry Tomlinson and how important it is to include big loud, sometimes scary, voices.
    She leaves us with the takeaway that this approach to human systems allows for a soul blossoming that creates so much value and the kind of collaboration needed in the world today.
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    Learn more at appreciativeinquiry.champlain.edu.

    • 41 min
    Relational Power, Meaningful Learning, and Real Utopias: Insights from Scholar-Practitioner Ignacio Pavez

    Relational Power, Meaningful Learning, and Real Utopias: Insights from Scholar-Practitioner Ignacio Pavez

    Ignacio is an Assistant Professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, with a joint position between the Business School and the Institute for Sustainable Development. His research focuses on the foundations and practices of appreciative organization development and change, the study of teams in organizations, the integration of sustainability into the business strategy of a firm, and the potential of inter-organizational collaboration to tackle grand challenges. As a consultant, he has specialized in implementing appreciative approaches; embedding sustainability as a way to create competitive advantage; and developing value-based cultural transformation programs. He shares with us his discovery of Appreciative Inquiry, his inspiration and work  to shift the educational paradigm in Chile, and the impacts of some of his consulting work and research. 

    • 31 min
    The Power of Wholeness in Community Revitalization with Fran Stoddard

    The Power of Wholeness in Community Revitalization with Fran Stoddard

    Fran Stoddard is a journalist and consultant who has been involved in education, public relations, media production, facilitation, and strategy development for more than 30 years. With a deep interest in helping organizations and communities move forward, Fran has used Appreciative Inquiry to help inspire impacts in towns and communities across the country.

    • 34 min
    SOAR-ing with Generative Questions with Jackie Stavros

    SOAR-ing with Generative Questions with Jackie Stavros

    Dr. Jackie Stavros is globally renowned as the thought leader behind the SOAR approach to strategic planning, revolutionizing how organizations approach their future with generative conversations that yield tangible results. With her new groundbreaking work on 'Conversations Worth Having,' Jackie exemplifies how to seamlessly integrate AI principles into everyday life.

    • 34 min
    Pioneering the Appreciative Inquiry Revolution with David Cooperrider

    Pioneering the Appreciative Inquiry Revolution with David Cooperrider

    Who’s Inspiring Impacts today? It’s the one and only, Dr. David Cooperrider, the first person to coin the term “Appreciative Inquiry”! David Cooperrider, PhD, is a professor and Founder of the Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. As we wrap up Season 1 of Inspiring Impacts, David joins host Dr. Lindsey Godwin to share his definition and perspectives on three decades of global f Appreciative Inquiry work.
    David shares stories of how  Appreciative Inquiry first developed, how he’s applied it in his own life, and how he’s seen others use AI to create positive change in their lives and the world for over 30 years. Highlighting many of the themes we’ve discussed throughout this season, he answers questions you’ve likely been wondering. He also details the powerful role of language in bringing people together in a creative mode, practicing Appreciative Inquiry, and realizing transformation.
    David Cooperrider, PhD, is the Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Currently David serves as Faculty Director of the Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. David is best known as the co-creator and creative thought leader of Appreciative Inquiry (AI). His founding work with AI is creating a positive revolution in the leadership of change; it is helping institutions all over the world discover the power of the strength-based approaches to multi-stakeholder innovation and collaborative design. Cooperrider’s work is especially unique because of its ability to enable positive change, innovation, and sustainable design in systems of large and complex scale.
    Episode Highlights:
    The origin story of the term “Appreciative Inquiry”.
    Why the “whole system” approach is so important in the Appreciative Inquiry model.
    “Words create worlds.” – What is the meaning behind that phrase?
    Reframing as a core principle of Appreciative Inquiry & how David brought reframing to life in his own health journey.
    Why storytelling is a powerful tool and a core part of any appreciative process.
    Appreciative questions you can take with you into work, relationships, personal health, and more.
    Join us next season for more conversations, stories, and guests who are Inspiring Impacts all over the world!
    Did this episode inspire or impact you? Want to make an impact on us? If so, SHARE this episode with a friend, leave us a 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts, and follow Inspiring Impacts wherever you listen to podcasts!
    Resources & Previous Episodes Mentioned:
    More about David's work and writing: https://www.davidcooperrider.com 
    David's commentary on the original AI article he and Suresh Srivastva published https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/S1475-9152(2013)0000004001/full/html
    UN Global Compact Appreciative Inquiry Summit: https://aicommons.champlain.edu/educational-material/united-nations-global-compact-leaders-summit/ 
    Making Change Easy: The Tiniest Ai Summit in the World.  This article details David's personal health journey using AI reframing as an approach
    AI and the United Religions Initiative (URI) http://www.theinterfaithobserver.org/journal-articles/2019/5/13/appreciative-inquiry-and-the-united-religions-initiative
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    Jackie Wong: add link when live
    Liz Vogel: https://bit.ly/43IjfSz
    Luc Verheijen: https://bit.ly/43KO7Sg
    Tojo Thatchenkery: add link when live
    Ellen Drolette: https://bit.ly/44HAgOc
    Yabome Gilpin-Jackson: https://bit.ly/47aQjWc
    Ronald Fry: https://bit.ly/44GXN1F
    Inspiring Quotes:
    “Appreciative Inquiry is all about the search for the true, the good, the better, the possible.”
    “We grow and we become what we most deeply, frequently, and most powerfully ask questions about.”
    “There’s a big difference between eliminating something and enabling something and you can’t enable what

    • 37 min
    Embedding AI as a Company’s Core Cultural Driver with Cindy Stull

    Embedding AI as a Company’s Core Cultural Driver with Cindy Stull

    Who’s Inspiring Impacts today? Cindy Stull! Cindy Stull is the Chief Revenue Officer at Dealer Tire. Listen in as Cindy joins host Dr. Lindsey Godwin to shed light on how she’s spearheading large change initiatives and moving organizations in inspirational directions through Appreciative Inquiry.
    Cindy inspires us to foster a company culture that’s rooted in Appreciative Inquiry and thoughtful questions. She highlights the powerful benefits of hosting an Appreciative Inquiry summit along with how Appreciative Inquiry can improve every aspect of leadership and business.
    If you’re looking to drive strategic and cultural advancements across your organization, this episode is one to take notes on!
    Cindy Stull is Partner & Chief Revenue Officer at Dealer Tire in Cleveland Ohio. Dealer Tire is a value-added distributor that manages tire programs for over 20 automotive manufacturers. Cindy joined the company in 2006 and is responsible for leading a team of over 500 people who help auto dealerships to be more profitable and drive customer retention. Previously holding the positions of Chief Sales Officer and Chief People & Strategy Officer, Cindy plays a key role in shaping the strategy and culture of Dealer Tire, while ensuring top-notch execution.
    Episode Highlights:
    How Cindy uses Appreciative Inquiry to solve problems, increase engagement, and achieve long-lasting change in organizations like Dealer Tire.
    What is an Appreciative Inquiry summit and how do these AI summits impact employees and customers?
    How Appreciative Inquiry can improve talent management, safety programs, and diversity and inclusion in leadership.
    Why  Cindy choose to adopt an appreciative approach to leadership
    Resources Mentioned:
    Co-Creating Roadmap for Inclusion: Dealer Tire’s Inclusive Leadership (COIL) article 
    Inspiring Quotes:
    “If we’re asking questions that are more focused on the strengths and what we want to be and how we grow, then we find that we accelerate the pace of change and the change is actually much more long-lasting.”
    “Learning more about Appreciative Inquiry has given me the structure and science behind why it works and helped me to leverage new methodologies, new tools, take what might have been a natural collaborative style to just a whole different level based on the research that’s out there.”
    “I can envision that we are probably going to have a real opportunity to have a summit around the customer experience and ensure that we are galvanizing our leaders to every level, including our frontline technicians.”
    What is Appreciative Inquiry?
    Appreciative Inquiry, sometimes referred to as “the other AI”, is one of the best kept secrets behind meaningful and lasting change at organizations. The AI approach is strength-based, meaning it focuses on identifying and leveraging successes to solve problems, rather than focusing on trying to fix individual failures.
    Did this episode inspire or impact you? Want to make an impact on us? If so, SHARE this episode with a friend, leave us a 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts, and follow Inspiring Impacts wherever you listen to podcasts!

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

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16 Ratings

16 Ratings

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Appreciate this podcast

Inspiration with every episode. And, I love they are just the right length to listen to without having to work it into my schedule.

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This show is an inspiring, yet practical resource full of successful applications of Appreciative Inquiry. Each show has some aspect I can apply right now in my work or life.

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If you’ve been looking for an approach that brings beautiful, foundational, generative change that includes everyone- AI is what you’ve been looking for. This podcasts gives you insight on how it works as shared by real people experiencing real success.

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