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Leadership for Sustainable Value The HR Opportunity of the 21 st Century How to Magnify Human Strengths Through Appreciative Inquiry’s “Whole System” Approach to Sustainable Value Creation. David Cooperrider, Fairmount Minerals Professor of Organizational Behavior
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Leadership for Sustainable Value The HR Opportunity of the 21st CenturyHow to Magnify Human Strengths Through Appreciative Inquiry’s “Whole System” Approach to Sustainable Value Creation
David Cooperrider, Fairmount Minerals Professor of Organizational Behavior
Weatherhead School of Management
Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit
Case Western Reserve University
--Insights and Global Trends--
A Positive Revolution in HR Research
Appreciative Inquiry: Turning Green to Gold &
Turning on the Entire Workforce
Tom Brokow’s “Greatest Generation” to our Most Privileged Generation?
Business as an Agent of World Benefit--More Than 2,000 Interviews--100s of Published Profiles “Positive Institutions” --see www.worldinquiry.org“Awe is What Moves Us Forward”
Sustainable Value —From Obligation to Innovation Mindset(source: Chris Lazslo)
Fossil fuel ICE
¹ absolute standards or
relative to competitors
MANAGEMENT KNOWLEDGE LEADING POSITIVE CHANGE
Counter-Summit Collaborative Innovation
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. We must learn to see the world anew.”
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
– Albert Einstein
Spirit of Inquiry & Ethos of Appreciation
Resonating Patterns of Positive Emotions
High Quality Connections
Pro-fusion of Strengths
Magnification (analysis, synthesis)
Savoring (ritual, story, meaning)
Generative Imagination and Energy
Doing & Undergoing (“undoing”)
Upward spiralTheory AI: Co-elevation
Board of Directors
Imagine 300 Stakeholders—designing new products, services.
Administration & Corporate Services
Technical Support / R&DWhole System Sustainable Value Design
Accelerating Strengths-based Learning Indiv. to Institution
Sustainable Value is a Huge Business Opportunity
Our CEOs Know It.
HR Leading the Way. Enormous Changes Lie Ahead.
Which organization will help save more lives in the next five years than any other— children, women, and men—who are picking cotton in toxic and chemically treated fields all over the world—fields that are so toxic that when you touch the cotton it feels like an electric jolt around your fingers?
Consensus on 50% Improvement in Sustainability in First Year
12 major prototype entrepreneurial initiatives
An improvement of 50% = Saving 443,572 trees
= 4,640,816 gal. diesel fuel
“The packaging is renewable in 90 days instead of 9 million years”
Broadening this initiative to 255 items in Toys:
Strengths-extending organizationsMagnifying the Strengths-Revolution in HR StrategyThrough Appreciative Inquiry
(3 facts about all human beings)
Equality of Voice
For more tools and resources on Appreciative Inquiry