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Appreciative Intelligence

Book Description

Appreciative Intelligence provides a new answer to what enables successful people to dream up their extraordinary and innovative ideas; why employees, partners, colleagues, investors, and other stakeholders join them on the path to their goals, and how they achieve these goals despite obstacles and challenges. It is not simple optimism. People with appreciative intelligence are realistic and action oriented--they have the ability not just to identify positive potential, but to devise a course of action to take advantage of it. Drawing on their own original research and recent discoveries in psychology and cognitive neuroscience, Thatchenkery and Metzker outline the evidence for appreciative intelligence, detail its specific characteristics, and show how you can develop this skill and use it in your own life and work. They show how the most successful leaders are able to spread appreciative intelligence throughout an organization, and they offer tools and exercises you can use to increase your own level of appreciative intelligence and so become more creative, resilient, successful, and personally fulfilled.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Foreword: Elevating and Extending Our Capacity to Appreciate the Appreciable World
  5. Preface
  6. Chapter 1: Appreciative Intelligence: The Missing Link
    1. Defining Appreciative Intelligence
    2. Reframing
    3. Appreciating the Positive
    4. Seeing How the Future Unfolds from the Present
    5. The Genesis of Appreciative Intelligence
    6. Ahead in This Book
  7. Chapter 2: Leveraging Appreciative Intelligence
    1. Persistence
    2. Conviction That One’s Actions Matter
    3. Tolerance for Uncertainty
    4. Irrepressible Resilience
  8. Chapter 3: Appreciative Intelligence in Action
    1. The Components of Appreciative Intelligence at DVFS
    2. The Four Ensuing Qualities of Appreciative Intelligence
    3. Building Appreciative Intelligence at DVFS
    4. Modeling Success
  9. Chapter 4: Reframing Reality for a Great View
    1. Perception
    2. Solving Problems
    3. Building a Frame
    4. What Appreciative Intelligence Isn’t
  10. Chapter 5: Appreciating the Positive
    1. Rats, Flatworms, and Bloomers
    2. Aspects and Models of Appreciation
    3. Seeing the Best in People
    4. Another Case in Point
    5. Appreciative Inquiry
  11. Chapter 6: Seeing How the Future Unfolds from the Present
    1. Creating (Not Just Predicting) the Future
    2. Creating the Future Through Language
  12. Chapter 7: Appreciative Intelligence at Work
    1. Appreciative by Design
    2. Modeling Success
    3. Positive Generative Language
    4. Reward and Appreciation
    5. Setting Expectations
    6. Organizational Results
    7. Applying Appreciative Intelligence at the Organizational Level
    8. Organizational Appreciative Intelligence Profile
    9. Facilitating Organizational Change
  13. Chapter 8: Developing Your Appreciative Intelligence
    1. Grasping Intangibles
    2. More on Intelligence
    3. A Model for Appreciative Intelligence
    4. Assessing Your Personal Appreciative Intelligence
    5. Personal Appreciative Intelligence Profile
    6. Putting Your Knowledge into Practice
    7. Employing and Enjoying Your Appreciative Intelligence
  14. Chapter 9: The Case for Appreciative Intelligence
    1. The Intuitive Proposition
    2. The Changing Understanding of Intelligence
    3. Developing the Construct of Appreciative Intelligence
  15. Chapter 10: The Brains Behind Appreciative Intelligence
    1. A Quick Tour of the Brains Behind Appreciative Intelligence
    2. Evidence from Social Cognitive Neuroscience: Social Intelligence, Stereotyping, Person Perception, and Insight
  16. Chapter 11: Moving Forward for an Extraordinary Future
    1. Implications of Appreciative Intelligence
    2. Step into the Future
    3. A Closing Invitation
  17. Notes
    1. Foreword
    2. Chapter 1
    3. Chapter 2
    4. Chapter 3
    5. Chapter 4
    6. Chapter 5
    7. Chapter 6
    8. Chapter 7
    9. Chapter 8
    10. Chapter 9
    11. Chapter 10
    12. Chapter 11
  18. Bibliography
  19. Index
  20. Acknowledgments: Appreciating Those Who Made This Book Possible
    1. From Tojo
    2. From Carol
  21. Appreciative Intelligence: Working for You
  22. About the Authors
    1. Tojo Thatchenkery
    2. Carol Metzker
  23. About Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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