Inspiring Impacts

Learn how to unlock the power of ”the other AI” - Appreciative Inquiry - with host Dr. Lindsey Godwin. AI is one of the best kept secrets behind meaningful and lasting change at organizations like Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Apple, The Cleveland Clinic, and the United Nations. In each episode, we’ll hear from leaders and experts who have achieved astonishing results at their organizations, from improved teamwork and productivity, to increased engagement and revenue. Get inspired with ”Inspiring Impacts,” brought to you by the Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry at Champlain College. New podcast weblog

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Wednesday Jun 14, 2023

Who’s Inspiring Impacts today? Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson! Yabome Gilpin-Jackson, PhD, is an award-winning scholar, executive coach, organizational development practitioner, and thought leader. Tune in as she speaks with host Dr. Lindsey Godwin about how she’s using trauma-informed Appreciative Inquiry to create resonant transformation in organizations.
Yabome sheds light on how Appreciative Inquiry can be used across a diverse spectrum of situations – from sparking innovation to solving conflicts to creating positive transformation in the face of dysfunction. She busts the misconception that Appreciative Inquiry can’t be used in difficult situations or where people have had trauma. Then, Yabome shares real examples and stories that illustrate the inspiring impact of this work.
Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson is an Organization Development Professional [Leader, Consultant, Executive Coach, Facilitator and Scholar] with a mission to inspire the development of people and groups through transformative learning. Her passion and expertise is helping leaders, teams, organizations and communities make progress in uncovering possibilities and igniting transformation in the complex issues they face. She has worked with corporate, non-profit/social profit and public sector organizations, internationally. She is also adjunct/sessional faculty for undergraduate and graduate courses in her areas of expertise.
Episode Highlights:
How Appreciative Inquiry can be used in difficult and traumatic situations.
Creating resonant transformation through Appreciative Inquiry – Why should we focus on resonance?
How Yabome first discovered the power of resonance in Appreciative Inquiry.
Trauma-Informed Appreciative Inquiry in Healthcare: How to shift a group into a positive future mindset through group disclosure and collective processing.
Questions you can use to create resonance through trauma-informed Appreciative Inquiry.
How Yabome & We Will Lead Africa are using storytelling to solve challenges and unlock the past, present, and future of African leaders.
Advice for using Appreciative Inquiry in your organization or personal life: You must first ask yourself resonance questions before you ask others. Don’t be intimidated. Learn as much as you can. Use your resonance to chase the possibilities.
Resources Mentioned:
We Will Lead Africa: https://wewillleadafrica.com
(Book) Transformation after Trauma: The Power of Resonance  https://www.amazon.com/Transformation-after-Trauma-Power-Resonance/dp/1433172178
What's Trauma Got to Do With it? Facilitating our Giant Leap through Resonant Transformation and Trauma-Informed Appreciative Inquiry: https://tinyurl.com/5bub3rw3
Inspiring Quotes:
“Where I’ve used [Appreciative Inquiry] often is when, very intentionally in that space of innovation and transformation, where I’m not just looking for a positive future, but I’m looking for a positive future that’s radically different, that’s transformative.”
“[Resonance] is about connecting to a core identity part of ourselves that when we connect to that core, we find a place of internal inspiration and motivation that is not easily shaken.”
“Appreciative Inquiry is about asking different questions that open up the possibility of us looking at the challenges we’ve faced in new, different, and positive ways, but that search starts with us.”
What is Appreciative Inquiry?
Appreciative Inquiry, sometimes referred to as “the other AI”, is one of the best kept secrets behind meaningful and lasting change at organizations. The AI approach is strength-based, meaning it focuses on identifying and leveraging successes to solve problems, rather than focusing on trying to fix individual failures.
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Wednesday Jun 14, 2023

Who’s Inspiring Impacts today? It’s Dr. Ronald Fry! Ronald Fry, PhD, is one of the co-creators of the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) theory and method. Listen in as he chats with host Dr. Lindsey Godwin about his perspective on impactful storytelling and the true power of the Appreciative Inquiry approach.
Ron highlights real life examples that illustrate the power of storytelling in breaking down barriers and helping us solve complex problems. From drastically improving safety for hundreds of employees in a steel mill to having more open conversations with family at the dinner table, it’s easy to see the inspirational impact storytelling can play in both our professional and personal lives. We’re certain Ron’s insights will encourage you to think deeply about the questions you ask, how every question is really an intervention, and what it takes to ask meaningful and impactful questions.
Dr. Ronald Fry is an author and professor of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. As the co-creator of Appreciative Inquiry, Ron works with groups, organizations and institutions around the world to increase their cooperative capacity to engage the whole system in strategic thinking, planning and change.
Episode Highlights:
Ron’s definition of Appreciative Inquiry.
The scientific research and data behind the impacts of Appreciative Inquiry and storytelling.
Why storytelling is a crucial part of Appreciative Inquiry.
How storytelling is used to create meaningful and measurable change in organizations.
The greatest lesson Ron has learned about leading change with Appreciative Inquiry.
The transformational impact that Appreciative Inquiry has had on Ron’s personal life.
Advice for using Appreciative Inquiry in your organization or personal life: Try to be it before you do it. Watch your thoughts, language, and tendencies. It’s a constant practice because we’re human!
Inspiring Quotes:
“We know scientifically that when people connect to shared strengths, they immediately see new possibilities.”
“Strangers could interview each other, find commonalities in their different stories, and you can see the bond or you could experience the connective energy of that. It relates to inquiry. You’re listening to someone’s story, they’re listening to your story, and then together, you’re inquiring… Are their commonalities in our different experiences? And lo and behold, there always are.”
“The power of stories to connect people – no matter how familiar or different or strangers they are to each other – I just see that over and over. Start with stories, never start with what we call a list question (what do you think about…).”
“Before you can authentically help others or urge others to look for the best and then work from there, I think you have to see it in yourself.”
Resources Mentioned:
AI Practitioner Journal article "Improving Safety in a Steel Mill" by Ron Fryhttps://aipractitioner.com/product/improving-safety-in-a-steel-mill/
How Stories Change the Brain https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_stories_change_brain 
What is Appreciative Inquiry?
Appreciative Inquiry, sometimes referred to as “the other AI”, is one of the best kept secrets behind meaningful and lasting change at organizations. The AI approach is strength-based, meaning it focuses on identifying and leveraging successes to solve problems, rather than focusing on trying to fix individual failures.
Did this episode inspire or impact you? Want to make an impact on us? If so, SHARE this episode with a friend, leave us a 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts, and follow Inspiring Impacts wherever you listen to podcasts!

Trailer: Inspiring Impacts

Friday Feb 17, 2023

Friday Feb 17, 2023

Learn how to unlock the power of "the other AI" - Appreciative Inquiry - with host Dr. Lindsey Godwin.  AI is one of the best kept secrets behind meaningful and lasting change at organizations like Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Apple, The Cleveland Clinic, and the United Nations.  In each episode, we’ll hear from leaders and experts who have achieved astonishing results at their organizations, from improved teamwork and productivity, to increased engagement and revenue.  Get inspired with "Inspiring Impacts," brought to you by the Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry at Champlain College.  The first two episodes air on June 14th, 2023!

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