When to Use Appreciative Inquiry
Many team building assignments are initiated from an underlying assumption that something is wrong. This is, by definition, a negative concept but is also realistic. AI is used affectively to identify the POSITIVE attributes and focus on them.
The core principle to success being that "one gets more of what one focusses on". AI shifts the focus from a problematic, dysfunctional team to areas of strenght and potential. Having said that, practitioners must be smart enough to realise that it isn't magic and that some individual team members or teams require a change in personnel to be truly effective.