Monthly Archives: May 2013

Sustaining ourselves through difficult times – get new energy here!

Recently I have noticed a range of conflicting feelings and emotions, as the cuts to our public services deepen and the future for them looks anything but bright. On one side, I have been increasingly troubled by the continuing and brutalising effects of the resource cuts to public and voluntary services, along with the associated anti-public sector messaging that goes with them. On the other hand, I read so many energising pieces about great leadership, well handled change and innovative organisational development in those services, that daily I find great ideas, succour and important sources of energy, the fund of… Read more
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Introducing Appreciative Inquiry into another part of the NHS

This week’s blog is by way of reporting on a fabulous two days spent with a superb group of NHS professionals and reiterating the power and relevance of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) in UK public services. During the week just past, I facilitated a two day appreciative inquiry-based learning and action event for 15 NHS professionals in the Midlands.  The event was designed to introduce the managers to AI; both it’s theory and practice. The group wanted to not only learn about AI but to use AI ‘live’ across the two days to produce outputs that they could take away and… Read more
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