Ron Fry on the culture of dialogue. From good conversations to generative connections…

Ron Fry was in Belgium last week for the HR Leaders Lunch organised by Balance HR and HR Magazine. I had the opportunity to sketch live his presentation.

Ron explained the Appreciative inquiry basics first (See about this the keynote I gave some weeks ago on Appreciative Inquiry and change) focusing on the fact that every change begins with a faithful question and honest curiosity. Because what you study will grow, if you study ‘bad’, you will have ‘not bad anymore’… if you study ‘good’, you will have ‘excellent’…

Starting from strengths (what gives life to a system — your organization) generates more possibilities. A continuous, iterative, dialogue on these will bring you to the first prototype. We move in the direction we interact more about.

Discovering strengths through storytelling generates connections, engagement, contagious positive emotions, new possibilities.

The good and proven news of the day? Storytelling generates Oxytocin. What else?

The word of the day? Generativity (the creation of new images, metaphors, physical representations, etc that have 2 qualities: they change how people think so that new options for decisions and/or actions become available to them, and they are compelling images that people want to act on).

Indeed, research and experiences suggest “positivity”, particularly positive emotion, is not sufficient for transformational change, but generativity is a key change lever in cases of transformational change. (see : Generative process, generative outcome: The transformational potential of appreciative inquiry).

Smile. Resonance is contagious.

Click here to see a higher resolution of the sketch.

Engage in Transformation with Appreciative inquiry

I had the opportunity to talk about Appreciative Inquiry and Change at the first HRBuilders workshop in Paris two weeks ago.

If I had to summarize it in 2 sentences : To change the present, first change the future. Co-create that compelling image of the future by building conversations with/between all your coworkers. Strengths will come out of storytellings on what already exists and could be enhanced in the future.

Check out the slidedeck for more…

By the way do you know the difference between learning and development?

Jamstorming. Not only a new app, but a brand new way to create more effective and interactive workshops.

We launched a new version of Jamstorming this month. We start our first workshops with new customers in the end of june and we are very excited about it.

Jamstorming is a projet started 1 year ago with David Verbustel and François Lemmens. Our goal is simple: to allow you to create more effective, playful and interactive workshops.

Let’s face it, we all participated quite often to too long workshops where the feedback moments between groups of participants were boring and not really engaging. Each group had to come on stage to present his proposition, it took time, attendees stayed passive, waiting for their turn to present their own. There were almost no interactivity and in the end of the day we had thousand of post-its to put in a presentation, trying to remember what was being said.

There is a better way to do it.

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