Introductory Books

Practical Appreciative Inquiry: How to Use This Leading-Edge Coaching Method Confidently with Teams and Small Groups by Andy Smith

The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry by Sue Annis Hammond

Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Revolution In Change by David L Cooperrider and Diana Whitney

Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement by Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres – very accessible book including ways to apply AI beyond the traditional 4D model

The Essentials Of Appreciative Inquiry – brief and readable introduction by Bernard Mohr and Jane Magruder Watkins. Can be downloaded as a free PDF (uploaded by the author as far as I can tell).

‘Heavyweight’ books about AI

Appreciative Inquiry Handbook: for Leaders of Change by David L Cooperrider, Diana Whitney and Jacqueline M Stavros

The Power Of Appreciative Inquiry: A Practical Guide To Positive Change by Diana Whitney & Amanda Trosten-Bloom

Appreciative Inquiry: Change at the Speed of Imagination by Jane Magruder Watkins and Bernard J Mohr

Appreciative Inquiry for Change Management: Using AI to Facilitate Organizational Development by Sarah Lewis, Jonathan Passmore and Stefan Cantore

Specialist applications of AI

Appreciative Team Building: Positive Questions to Bring Out the Best of Your Team by Diana Whitney, Amanda Trosten Bloom, Jay Cherney and Ron Fry (reviewed here)

Appreciative Coaching: A Positive Process For Change by Sara L Orem, Jacqueline Blinkert and Ann L Clancy

Appreciative Inquiry for Collaborative Solutions: 21 Strength-Based Workshops by Robyn Stratton-Berkessel

The Thin Book of SOAR: Building Strengths-Based Strategy by Jacqueline M Stavros and Gina Hinrichs (reviewed here)

Appreciative Inquiry: Research For Change by Jan Reed

Solution Focus and scaling

The Solutions Focus: Making Coaching and Change SIMPLE by Paul Z Jackson and Mark McKergow (reviewed here)

Solutions Focus Working by Mark McKergow and Jenny Clarke

Positive Approaches To Change by Mark McKergow and Jenny Clarke

Words Were Originally Magic by Steve de Shazer

Other strength-based approaches to change

First, Break All The Rules: What The World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman

Now, Discover Your Strengths: How To Develop Your Talents And Those Of The People You Manage by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O Clifton

An Appreciative Inquiry Book List

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