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Appreciative Inquiry

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Appreciative inquiry (AI) is a philosophy and method of change. AI supports future-creating mental activism. One of the major assumptions of AI is that something works well in every organization. Discovering and making explicit what works in an organization help people clarify dreams and aspirations, design meaningful futures, and chart a course of action toward a preferred destiny. AI is a leadership skill that supports future thinking.

Appreciative Inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry Commons

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ASAE ForesightWorks

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The world in which associations operate is changing fast, and your organization’s leaders need to understand the external forces that could make or break its future success. Scanning the environment for strong, weak, and emerging drivers of change is critical to leading and managing your organization—or your corner of it. A collection of ASAE resources, powered by evidence-based research conducted by the ASAE Foundation, is designed to help you and your board envision and plan for the future while monitoring and acting in the present.

ASAE ForesightWorks is a deliberate, evidence-based research initiative and emerging line of products designed to be your partner in environmental scanning and planning for change. The program will provide you with a continual stream of intelligence about anticipated trends, tools to help you use the strategic intelligence in your work, and opportunities to engage.

The program’s mission is to empower you to create a culture of foresight in your association—not only by providing major trend analyses, but also by giving you and your volunteer leaders the tools and processes you need to practice scanning on your own.

Learn why associations need to practice foresight:

ASAE ForesightWorks

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ASQ- Global Quality

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As multinational organizations and international outsourcing assume central positions in the business world, quality strategies and concepts are spreading quickly around the world as well. The growing popularity of methodologies such as Six Sigma and international quality management standards demonstrate this growth.

Not all systems and standards can be transplanted from country to country without some adjustments, however. Quality practitioners should be aware of a few enduring challenges to the global progress of quality:

  • Training programs for new methodologies and concepts often do not spread into new geographical areas as quickly as the demand for programs does.
  • Differences in economic conditions such as labor costs, inflation and proximity of raw materials can mean certain improvement efforts and tactics are more suitable to some countries than others.
  • Comprehensive information-sharing, metrics-tracking and documentation systems within multinational corporations must overcome language and communications barriers.
  • Cultural differences in management styles and employee relations mean some team-based initiatives may need to be customized for different countries.

As quality continues to advance around the world, more support organizations have formed to assist practitioners. Countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America currently have member organizations in ASQ’s WorldPartner program, which establishes partnerships among professional membership societies to meet quality needs worldwide.

 

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Assumptions that Hold Us

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Our professional future suggests a need for us to move from the language of complaint to the language of commitment and from the language of blame to that of personal responsibility. Individually and collectively, it is useful to understand how competing commitments and inner contradictions maintain the status quo, limit learning, and undermine change and transformation. What are the big assumptions that hold us? Assumptions that hold us interfere with professional growth, development, and future thinking.

Assumptions that Hold Us

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Awakening Social Capital

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Social capital is the stock we place in personal networks and relationships among people. Social capital is the glue that holds people together to facilitate collective action and access resources. Cohen and Prusak (2001) define social capital as “the stock of active connections among people; the trust, mutual understanding, and shared values and behaviors that bind members of human networks and communities and make cooperative action possible.” Cohen and Prusak believe social capital is the stuff that makes organizations work. The essence of social capital is civic engagement embedded in a network of reciprocal social relationships. How do we encourage professional civic engagement? Maybe learning more about social capital will help give it voice in professional discourse More information about social capital is available at www.infed.org/biblio/social_capital.htm.

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Barrett Values Center

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Barrett Values Centre® provides powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage the cultures of their organisations, and the leadership development needs of their managers and leaders.The core products of the organisation are the Cultural Transformation Tools® (CTT).   The Cultural Transformation Tools have been used to map the values of over 6,000 organisations and 3,000 leaders in 94 countries. The Cultural Transformation Tools are used by corporations, NGOs, government and municipal agencies, communities, schools and nations. The CTT values assessment instruments are available in over 50 languages.The tools help to identify personal, current and desired organizational cultures with a preferred future in mind.

Barrett Values Centre

Personal Values Assessment

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Environmental Scanning and Trend Analysis
Scenarios and reports
Future Organizations
Futurists
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Campaign for Action Resources

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American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) joined forces to create the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, coordinated by the Center to Champion Nursing in America, with a director at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a co-leader, a chief strategist, at AARP. The Campaign includes Action Coalitions in every state and Washington, DC. The Campaign for Action offers numerous resources to support strategic thinking and planning for the Future of Nursing. Below are two valuable resource links to state by state action coalition efforts and resources about issues, tools and tips that support the Foresight Leadership strategies to create the Future of Nursing and Health.

State Action Coalitions

Resources: Issues, Tools & Tips

The Future of Nursing Leading Change Advancing Health

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Future Organizations
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Care Emerges From Chaos

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Futures thinking involves paying attention to self-organizing patterns and discerning the logical consequences of those patterns through time. Future thinking requires critical, creative, and network thinking. Network thinking involves consideration of webs of relationships among facts, trends, values, and outcomes that influence and interact with one another. The study of complex adaptive systems is helping us learn about network thinking. Complexity science suggests that interactions among agents of a system are its greatest sources of novelty, creativity, and adaptability. The science of chaos and complexity is informing and influencing leadership, management, and the future.

Care Emerges from Chaos

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Theory and Concepts
Models and Methods
Environmental Scanning and Trend Analysis

Center for Future Consciousness

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The Center for Future Consciousness offers educational experiences that challenge and stimulate the mind, expand conscious awareness, empower creativity and imagination, deepen knowledge and understanding, enhance ethical character, and promote personal and social growth. The mission of this organization is to facilitate the purposeful evolution of humanity through the heightening of future consciousness and wisdom. There are many resources an links at this site that cover theories of the future, science and technology, philosophy, science fiction, ethics and spirituality, psychology and education, humanities and the arts.

 

Center for Future Consciousness

Web Based Bibliography of Resources

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Center for Positive Organizations (CPO)

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The Center for Positive Organizations, based at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, is a world-class research center that brings transformational research to students and leaders through articles, books, events, tools, teaching, and organizational partnerships. Since 2002, the Center has been the hub of research on Positive Organizational Scholarship. Our domains of research are Positive Culture, Positive Ethics and Virtues, Positive Leadership, Positive Meaning and Purpose, Positive Practices, and Positive Relationships in an organizational setting. In 2010, The Academy of Management presented the Center for Positive Organizations with the Joanne Martin Trailblazer Award for opening up a new field of inquiry in management science. In 2012, The Academy presented the Center with the Research Center Impact Award in recognition of its extensive influence on management practices.

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The mission of CPO  is to inspire and enable leaders to build high-performing organizations that bring out the best in people. The organization is a catalyst for the creation and growth of positive organizations.

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Research Articles

Positive Links and Resources 

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