Links to research evidence, books, and further resources mentioned in the Practical Appreciative Inquiry book

Chapter 2 – What is Appreciative Inquiry, and How Can It Help You?

p8 – David Cooperrider’s dissertation, Appreciative inquiry: Toward a methodology for understanding and enhancing organizational innovation

p10 – in ‘What is Appreciative Inquiry Really?’, the definition of Appreciative Inquiry is from David Cooperrider and Diana Whitney, Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Revolution in Change

Chapter 3 – The Neuroscience of Appreciative Inquiry

p12-13 – Task Positive and Default Mode Networks: Richard Boyatzis and Anthony Jack, The neuroscience of coaching. Consulting Psychology Journal Practice and Research 70(1):11-27 · March 2018

p12 – Richard Boyatzis, Melvin L Smith, and Ellen Van Oosten, Helping People Change: Coaching with Compassion for Lifelong Learning and Growth

p16 – Negative Information Weighs More Heavily on the Brain
Ito, T. A., Larsen, J. T., Smith, N. K., & Cacioppo, J. T. (1998). Negative information weighs more heavily on the brain: The negativity bias in evaluative categorizations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 75(4), 887–900.

p16 – Negative Bias In Decision Making (Kahnemann and Tversky’s Prospect Theory)

p16 – We believe bad news more
Baumeister, Roy F.; Finkenauer, Catrin; Vohs, Kathleen D. (2001). “Bad is stronger than good” (PDF). Review of General Psychology5 (4): 323–370.

p16 – More weight given to risks than opportunities in decision-making:
Ledgerwood, A., & Boydstun, A. E. (2013, March 25). Sticky Prospects: Loss Frames Are Cognitively Stickier Than Gain FramesJournal of Experimental Psychology: General.

p16: Negatives outweigh positives in forming an impression of a person: multiple studies

Links to more negative bias research and examples here: Why Your Brain Is Hardwired For Negativity, And What You Can Do About It

p18-20 – Why Do Things Go Right? (article by Sidney Dekker)

Chapter 4: Five Principles of Appreciative Inquiry

The Constructionist Principle

p22 – Social Constructionism (a one-page brief description and overview)

Being Open to Multiple Perspectives Enriches Relationships, With Ken Gergen – interview on the Positivity Strategist podcast

Kenneth Gergen, An Invitation to Social Construction (4th Edition)

p.25 – The Cooperrider quote is from David Cooperrider and Diana Whitney, Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Revolution in Change

The Anticipatory Principle

p27 – The Expectation Effect: King, Albert S. “Expectation Effects in Organizational Change.Administrative Science Quarterly 19, no. 2 (1974): 221–30 (unfortunately hidden behind an academic publisher’s paywall).

p27 – The Placebo Effect

p27 – Self-fulfilling prophesies: Dr Richard Wiseman, The Luck Factor: The Scientific Study of the Lucky Mind

p28 – Visualisation in Sports Psychology

p33 – Deming on targets: more on the pernicious effect of targets in the Deming Institute’s website article Eliminate Slogans, Exhortations and Targets

The Positive Principle

p34 – Barbara Fredrickson, The Value of Positive Emotions (downloadable PDF)

p35 – The effect of a positive emotional climate, described in Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee, Primal Leadership

(published in UK as The New Leaders)

The Simultaneity Principle

p39 – UK Health and Safety Executive, Employer’s Responsibilities

Chapter 5: Three ‘Emergent’ Principles of Appreciative Inquiry

The Wholeness Principle

p43 – Diana Whitney and Amanda Trosten-Bloom, The Power of Appreciative Inquiry: A Practical Guide to Positive Change

p45 – Polly Toynbee and David Walker, Unjust Rewards: Exposing Greed and Inequality in Britain Today

The Enactment Principle

p48 – Robert Cialdini’s Consistency Principle

The Free Choice Principle

p50 – Interview with Rebecca Solnit by Astra Taylor,

p51 – Why Semco Doesn’t Want Your Company To Be Like Semco, article by Pim de Morree

Chapter 6: The 5-D Format

p53 – The 4-I model from Jane Magruder Watkins, Bernard J Mohr, and Ralph Kelly, Appreciative Inquiry: Change at the Speed of Imagination

Chapter 7: The Definition Stage

p70 – Mac Odell’s Problem to Opportunity Exercise (downloadable PDF)

Chapter 8: The Discovery Stage

p81 – Emotional resonance: see Carolina Herrando and Efthymios Constantinides, Emotional Contagion: A Brief Overview and Future Directions, Frontiers in Psychology, Vol 12 (2021)

p98 – ‘Normalising’ from Dion Sing’s Solution Focused Leader website – which unfortunately seems to have been deleted and isn’t even on the Wayback Machine internet archive

Chapter 9: The Dream Stage

What Happens in the Dream Stage?

p105 – SMART Goals (a widely-known idea in business and personal development – this article from the Mind Tools website has a good overview)

How to Facilitate the Dream Stage in Appreciative Team Development

p109 – Miro is a fine online whiteboard tool – the free version works fine for small groups and one-off uses. Ideally I’d use the built-in whiteboard facility in Zoom (my preferred app for online group calls), but so far I haven’t found that it makes its most useful features (e.g. the ability to upload images from your computer) reliably available to all participants.

Using Provocative Propositions in Large-Scale Organisational Change

p115 – David Cooperrider, Diana Whitney, and Jacqueline Stavros, Appreciative Inquiry Handbook For Leaders Of Change – a big, comprehensive reference book

Chapter 10: The Design Stage

p120 – David Cooperrider and Diana Whitney, Exploring Appreciative Inquiry, Perspectives On Business And Global Change Vol. 14. No. 2, 2001.

p121 – The GROW model of coaching and mentoring (article from the Mind Tools website)

Practical Considerations for Facilitating the Design Stage with a Team or Small Group

p126 – Six Thinking Hats (article from the Mind Tools website)

Using the NLP ‘Logical Levels’ Model with Appreciative Inquiry

p132 – More about Dilts’ Logical Levels model (with additional questions for each level) here: How To Tune Up Your Team’s Performance Using Levels Of Change

Chapter 11: The Delivery Stage

“Delivery” or “Destiny”?

p138 – Gervase Bushe and Aniq F Kassam, When Is Appreciative Inquiry Transformational? A Meta-Case Analysis (I highly recommend all of Bushe’s writing)

A Quick, Participative Process for Getting to a High-Level Plan

p142 – Ishikawa Diagram (from Wikipedia)

p145 – Swim Lanes Diagrams can be a lot more elaborate than how I’ve used them in the book, especially in their normal use as ‘cross-functional flowcharts’ – see for example this introduction on the Office Timeline website.

Chapter 12: Implementing Appreciative Inquiry

When to Use Appreciative Inquiry – and When Not to Use It

P151 – When attempted fixes make things worse: the ‘Cobra Effect’ and other examples are described in this Wikipedia entry on ‘Perverse Incentives

When You Shouldn’t Use Appreciative Inquiry

p153 – The distinction between ‘complicated’ and ‘complex’ problems is derived from Gervase Bushe’s excellent article Generative Leadership (downloadable PDF)

Appreciative Team Development

p155 – Tuckman’s stages of group development (Wikipedia article)

Appreciative Inquiry Summit

p160 – Graphic facilitators’ websites: Anna Geyer
Jackie Forbes

p161 – Nutrimental Foods case study from David Cooperrider’s website

Chapter 13: How to Use Appreciative Inquiry Informally

Ask for Best Practice Stories

p169 – Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres, Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement

Conversational Appreciative Inquiry

p171 – Gavin Ingham, sales expert and great motivational speaker,

Appreciative Team Meetings

p174, Ashley Goodall and Marcus Buckingham, Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World

p174 – The distinction between ‘managers’ and ‘makers’ attitudes to meetings is derived from Paul Graham’s article Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule

Chapter 14: How to Talk to Skeptics About Appreciative Inquiry

p180 – Dealing with people who think they know it all – I learned a lot from Shelle Rose Charvet’s article The Macho Test, and an earlier article which I think now forms part of her Presenting Ideas to Skeptical People online course. Both highly recommended!

Chapter 16: The Benefits of Appreciative Living

How to Live More Appreciatively

p192 – A summary of Dr Robert Emmons’ research on the benefits of gratitude journalling

p193 – A summary of the ideas in Nassim Taleb’s book Antifragile

p193 – Richard G. Tedeschi, PhD and Lawrence Calhoun, PhD, Posttraumatic Growth: A New Perspective on Psychotraumatology (downloadable PDF)

p194 – Stress Can Be a Good Thing If You Know How to Use It – HBR article by Alia Crum and Thomas Crum.
The original research paper by Alia Crum, Peter Salovey and Shawn Achor is available as a downloadable PDF here:
Rethinking Stress: The Role of Mindsets in Determining the Stress Response‘, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2013, Vol. 104, No. 4, 716 –733

p194 – An overview of Carol Dweck’s research on ‘growth’ and ‘fixed’ mindsets, with links to more in-depth articles

Chapter 17: What Next?

p198 – Join the Positive Change Methods Group on Facebook or its sister group on LinkedIn for lots of curated tips, articles, and research about Appreciative Inquiry and related approaches including positive psychology and solution-focused practice.

An Appreciative Inquiry booklist

Appreciative Inquiry resources (including videos, articles, podcasts, and research findings)

Subscribe to the Coaching Leaders Secrets newsletter

Train with me in Practical Appreciative Inquiry (there’s also a lower priced self-paced version)