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Most recent webinar: An introduction to Appreciative Inquiry as an approach to managing organizational change – Ralph Rogers

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Our most recent webinar

An introduction to Appreciative Inquiry as an approach to managing organizational change – Ralph Rogers

This webinar has now taken place.  A recording can be viewed on the members page

Appreciative inquiry is a strengths-based approach to managing organizational change. Traditional approaches to organizational change are deficit based. They identify problems, come up with solutions to those problems and then implement the best solution.  This traditional deficit-based approach is great for increasing efficiency in organizations; however, it has the unintended consequence of creating a sense of fatigue and a lack of engagement amongst staff. Appreciative Inquiry identifies an organization’s strengths and those things that have made it successful in the past and uses that as a platform to imagine, design, and deliver an even better future.

There are five phases to an appreciative Inquiry. The process starts by defining the topic of inquiry, the questions we ask ourselves are fateful. We will move in the direction of that which we inquire about. The second phase is discovery, a search to identify what has made us successful in the past. The third phase, dream, is where we imagine what our future might look like and agree on future images and possibilities that we want to pursue. The fourth phase, design, is where we start to come up with actionable ideas about the steps that we might take to realise the ideal future that we have described. The final phase, deliver, is where, because we cocreated them, we are motivated to begin the implementation of our designs.

In this hour-long webinar, we will look at these phases in more detail, as well as some of the theories and principles underlying Appreciative Inquiry.

Bio: Ralph joined the British Council in 2015, first as Director of Business Development in Beijing, moving to Guangzhou in 2016 to take up the position of South China Area Director. Ralph took up the position of Director Taiwan in October 2019.

Before joining the British Council, Ralph spent fifteen years supporting a wide variety of UK companies and institutions enter and grow in the China market, most recently as Managing Director of the British Chamber of Commerce in China.

Ralph graduated in Modern Chinese Studies from the University of Leeds in 1999 and received his Master’s in Applied Translation in 2000.

When he isn’t developing cultural relations, Ralph loves getting outside and going for a run, but most of all he enjoys family life with his wife and two children.

Past webinars:

The following list is of all the webinars that LAMSIG has previously held.  The recordings of all these webinars are available to be viewed in our members’ area

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How to do ELT Management Research George Pickering June 2014
Coaching and Mentoring in ELT Loraine Kennedy October 2014
Appraisals Jenny Johnson February 2015
Peer observation – how can we make it work? Andy Hockley June 2015
Revitalising Coasting Teachers Josh Round November 2015
Lost in Translation Fiona Thomas February 2016
The New Manager Liam Brown June 2016
Encouraging teachers to take charge of their own CPD Fiona Dunlop October 2016
Making the transition from teaching and learning to leading and managing in ELT Andy Curtis February 2017
The elusive art of giving feedback Ania Kolbusewska May 2017
Leadership Qualities for Academic Management Marina Gonzalez Nov 2017
Institutional Research for Greater School Effectiveness Deniz Kurtoğlu Eken February 2018
Using performance indicators to assess institutional effectiveness in ELT

Vinicius Nobre

May 2018
Lesson Observations: A flawed tool or an invaluable aid? Maria-Araxi Sachpazian October 2018
What is your strategy? Duncan Foord February 2019
Understanding teacher development needs Gerhard Erasmus June 2019
Understanding the Basics of Design Thinking Evrim Üstünlüoğlu October 2019
An introduction to Appreciative Inquiry as an approach to managing organizational change Ralph Rogers February 2020

We also held a webinar with the Fairlist

Preparing for your first keynote talk or plenary.’

It was especially aimed at women who are thinking about dipping their toes in these waters for the first time.

The speakers were Susan Barduhn and Simon Greenall.

Susan is a Professor at SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont and a Past President and currentInternational Ambassador for IATEFL. She has been honored to give plenaries in 17 countries.

Simon has been a textbook writer for more years than he cares to admit. Giving plenaries has been an essential but often challenging requirement of the day job.

The recording of the webinar can be viewed here:

IATEFL is also running a number of free webinars for members.

Details can be found at the following link