Re: Appreciative Inquiry Course - Teachers College, Columbia U, Nov. 9/10

2006-09-29 Thread Loretta Donovan
I regret that you find sharing information about an upcoming course a 
problem.  If it is totally out of line, I apologize for the 
transgression.  But in regards to your assumption that I only belong to 
the list for purposes of self-promotion, that is simply not the case.  
Please check the archives and you will see that I have been a contributor 
of some thoughtful contributions in the last year.  And while you may not 
be aware of it, I have made it a habit to email list members personally 
with support and advice.

All the best,

Loretta

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Re: Appreciative Inquiry Course - Teachers College, Columbia U, Nov. 9/10

2006-09-28 Thread Michael M Pannwitz

Dear Tree,
as usual, your note started me thinking.
Why do I show up on the list?
Showing up is, as I have experienced, the very first prerequisite for 
anything to happen. When nobody shows up not much will happen. Now, 
showing up (which Loretta has certainly demonstrated)does not mean that 
much will happen either (although she has gotten you and me showing up 
and more). Being present is the next stage (more than just my body being 
in a particular place now my mind, intellect and perhaps even soul are 
there), interaction starts unfolding, truth might be told, followed by 
the spirit dimension, letting go.

Ok, so why do I show up?
To learn, to contribute, to  and to market myself and my ideas. So 
its me, my passion and the stuff I'm interested in spreading. I wouldn't 
be surprised if some others do that in this manner or similarily, too. 
The way it is intermingled, embedded, part of a whole...it might be part 
of our way of being or perhaps even be part of the open space mentality.
So, how are approaches, products, etc. (such as AI) perceived that show 
up on the list naked (my assumption is that many of us have no idea of 
what AI is, I havent been close to it myself and would not see much of 
it other than that it shows up on this list every now and then and that 
some of those actively participating in the list are enthusiastic about it).
So, if Loretta is trying to promote something on this list it might not 
be good marketing to do it by only showning up.

Greetings from Berlin
mmp



Tree Fitzpatrick wrote:
Loretta, it is not the custom of the oslist for people to only show up 
when they want to promote a workshop.  If you and Bernard participate in 
this list as regulars, then I would be happy to learn of your workshop 
but I resist seeing notices lilke this when it feels like you are just 
using the list to market yoursel without meaningfully participating in 
the community.


On 9/27/06, *Loretta Donovan* loretta.dono...@gmail.com 
mailto:loretta.dono...@gmail.com wrote:


Innovations in Business through a Positive Lens:
Concepts and Practices in
Appreciative Inquiry

Taught by Renowned Instructors:

Loretta Donovan and Bernard Mohr


November 9  10, 2006, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Available for 1.5 CEUs/ non-credit or 1 credit

Register by Phone at 1.800.209.1245 or Online for Course Code CEOIORL
2010.001 at http://continuingeducation.tc.columbia.edu/default.aspx?
pageid=134PK=771


What if . . .

 . . . the quality and speed of organizational transformation is
determined by the very questions that we ask? Instead of grinding
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. . . companies use inspired action and innovation that combined
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AI builds a constructive union between stakeholders and the
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strengths, elevated thoughts, opportunities, high point moments, core
values, traditions, strategic competencies, insights into the deeper
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?discovery? is then translated into descriptions of a desired future for
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This introductory course will focus on the five phases of the
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the
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Attention will be given to factors essential for effective use of AI and
preparing for implementation.

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Re: Appreciative Inquiry Course - Teachers College, Columbia U, Nov. 9/10

2006-09-28 Thread douglas germann
On Thu, 2006-09-28 at 11:14 +0200, Michael M Pannwitz wrote:
 truth might be told

Michael--

Thank you for this thoughtful post. There are many lessons in what you
say, and the phrase above just really landed in me. I like your turn of
words.

I too would like to learn more of other approaches, and so I welcome
seeing things offered here with a good head and a good heart. As someone
once said here, lurking is participating, it is a form of holding the
space for those of us who sometimes talk. Gentleness.

:- Doug. Germann

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