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Appreciative Inquiry The Appreciative Inquiry is a collaborative, strength-based approach to both personal and organizational development that is proving to be highly effective in thousands of organizations and communities in hundreds of countries around the world. It is a way of bringing about change that shares leadership and learning – fully engaging everyone in the organization. Since March 2003, we’ve trained nearly 2000 participants in our Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT©) workshops. Join us at one of these workshops and learn how to change the way you think about change!

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The Leadership Development Institute (LDI) includes programs and workshops designed for leaders at all levels. Customized programs designed for your organization can be delivered as well – tailored strategically to meet your leaders and your organization. What makes our programs unique and what distinguishes us from the others is our inquiry-based learning which emphasizes learning by doing.

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Department Chair InstituteToday’s Department Chairs have one of the most conflicting roles on campus as they serve as liaison between faculty and administration. Department Chairs are responsible for curriculum, strategic planning, budget matters, personnel management, and program reviews – yet their position is not one of undisputed authority. Conflict can arise from many stakeholders – making it difficult for the chair to lead, plan, and unite their department.

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Creative Change InstituteSince 2005, the Creative Change Institute has designed and convened several Creative Change though Imagination™ dialogues for positive change. The Institute is committed to facilitating dialogue that will bring together businesses and corporations, educational institutions, community leaders, governmental agencies, unions, and nonprofit organizations to focus on leading positive change in America.

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Instructional Skills Workshop The Instructional Skills Workshops (ISW) program is a comprehensive three-tiered program that serves as the foundation for several professional development activities.

Recordings

Below you will find a list of Company of Experts’ webinars on-demand…

Appreciative Inquiry and Families: Parents and Teenagers
Presented by: Dr. Cheri Torres – 1 Hour Recording Aired: Aug. 24, 2010
It’s easy to be appreciative and talk about best experiences when children are young and when everything is going well.  The challenge is being Appreciative when things get tough. This webinar explores concepts that will support families when parenting is most challenging.  A simple set of practices will fortify you and allow you to continue to parent with a heart at peace. Learn More >>
Appreciative Inquiry for the Learning Organization
Presented by: Dr. Cheri Torres – 1 Hour Recording Aired: Aug. 17, 2010
This one-hour webinar introduces the practice of Appreciative Inquiry as fundamental to collaborative learning and innovation. You will expand your understanding of the integral nature of systems, people, and outcomes and learn how inquiry aligns all three with organizational success. You will also learn how to build your own capacity to influence learning and innovation by practicing AI within the context of the META capacities (Multiple ways of knowing, Engagement and accountability, Thinking together, and Acting together). Learn More >>
Engaging in Difficult Conversations: Discussing What Matters Most
Presented by: Dr. Cheri Torres – 1 Hour Recording Aired: Feb. 23, 2010
There are certain conversations we all dread, such as delivering bad news, discussing sensitive subjects, confronting unprofessional behavior, or revealing unfavorable performance reviews. Regardless of the topic, difficult conversations occur at all levels of an organization. While it may be tempting to ignore the problems or delay the conversation, disregarding critical issues only creates additional problems and conflict – often resulting in a loss of productivity and engagement. Working in today’s competitive, fast-paced environment requires a broad foundation of leadership, communication, and people skills. The ability to engage in and facilitate difficult conversations effectively is one of the many challenges faced by many workers today. Learn More >>
From Perfection to Sustainable Growth: Practicing the Art of Appreciative Inquiry
Presented by: Dr. Cheri Torres – 1 Hour Recording Aired: Oct. 14, 2010
Built to last is out . . . Designed to Evolve is in.  The notion of perfection can only exist in a static world.  We live in complex, dynamic times and only organizations and communities that are designed to evolve will be capable of sustainable growth.  This webinar explores four basic capacities necessary for self-evolving systems. Participants will leave the webinar with materials that will support interpersonal practices that support collaborative learning and innovation. Learn More >>
Healing Healthcare Organizations
Presented by: Kristen Crusoe RN, MN, EdD – 1 Hour Recording
 Aired: Sept. 23, 2010
Healthcare organizations are unique for several reasons: they are heavily regulated; rely on knowledge construction and use rather than information management; have caring for others as their primary reason for existence; are both high tech and high touch; and require continual change and innovation for sustainability. These factors create a dynamic system in which the development of a culture of inquiry is necessary to support an environment in which change and innovation can thrive.  Appreciation creates the context for this healing environment through inquiry, relationship, and communication. Learn More >>
Helping Students Master the Habits of Effectiveness
Presented by: Dr. Richard Lyons – 1 Hour Recording Aired: Mar. 3, 2011
Since the publication of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in 1989, the work of Stephen Covey has enabled millions to move from dependency on others, to independence, and on to interdependence. With his first book, and the 2004 sequel The 8th Habit serving as the foundation, this lively webinar provides valuable applications to today’s college and university students. Having employed Covey’s work in his leadership courses and workshops, Dr. Lyons has attained widespread feedback from students and faculty alike confirming the value of these proven habits. Learn More >>
Learning to be Curious: the Heart of Appreciative Inquiry
 Presented by: Dr. Cheri Torres – 1 Hour Recording Aired: Sept. 9, 2010
Appreciative Inquiry is not just about asking positive questions, its also about learning to see the world with fresh eyes, learning to open your mind, heart and will and from that place work with others to allow the future that wants to emerge to come through.  Peter Reason suggests we develop an attitude of inquiry about all of life and especially about our own perceptions and beliefs.  This highly experiential webinar will engage you in activities that will inspire self-reflection and leave you seeing the importance of engaging from a place of curiosity. Learn More >>
Managing Conflict at Work
Presented by: Kathy Becker, MA – 1 Hour Recording Aired: Aug. 5, 2010
Conflict has a negative impact on organizations and people including productivity, cooperation, communication and the quality of life at work and home (in spite of our best intentions – we take work home and likewise we bring home to work).  Human interaction is at the core of our existence; we are all interconnected. Since conflict – differing opinions, goals, needs, desires, values, beliefs, attitudes or perceptions of entitlement – is a fact of life, the manner in which we manage conflict affects the quality of our interactions, our lives, our communities and our world. Learn More >>
Managing Time on the Run
Presented by: Kathy Becker, MA – 1 Hour Recording Aired: Mar. 30, 2010
Do you feel overloaded with things to do? Has your schedule become too complex? Work, school, unemployed, parents, children – how do you find me time when you have so many responsibilities?In this webinar we will explore ways to balance our home and work.  How we manage our time is increasingly complicated.  Creating that balance is within each of us to do. What are the options for managing time in a rapidly changing World? Your time is valuable – learn how to understand the time management choices you make. Time management should not bring you down – learn some skills to bring back that vibrancy to your life. Learn More >>
Strategic Planning Using Appreciative Inquiry for Colleges and Universities
Presented by: Dr. Lane Glenn – 1 Hour Recording Aired: Mar. 5, 2010
Appreciative Inquiry is an approach to planning and positive change that has been used successfully in colleges, communities and organizations all around the world.  It is broad-based, highly participative, and energizing.  It builds new skills in faculty and staff, develops new leaders, encourages a culture of inquiry, and helps create shared vision and purpose for your college by building on your core values and strengths.  Perhaps most importantly-it leads to action, commitment, and results. Learn More >>
Strength-Based Leadership: Positive Approaches for Outstanding Performance
Presented by: Dr. Ray Wells Aired: Multiple Dates
Who we are when we are at our best?  How do leaders and managers learn to discover and leverage their own strengths, capture the human energy within their organizations, and create cultures that help people perform at their best? This program helps participants understand and leverage personal strengths and discover ways of maximizing the strengths of those around them. We’ll explore:

  • The four primary sources of the positive, appreciative, strengths-based movement, and the value of each
  • The business case for this approach to management and leadership
  • Developing an “appreciative eye.”
  • Strengths spotting: discovering others’ strengths and capabilities
  • Capitalizing on the strengths of others; using strengths to build high performing teams
  • Positive approaches for developing a culture of high performance

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