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Building Back Better: A Workshop with David Cooperrider

Oct 14 - Oct 16, 2021

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There has never been a more opportune moment to hone and deepen your change management skills in a way that will facilitate building back better.

To be sure, the capacities for leading and uniting people around positive change are among the greatest predictors of sucess in any person's leadership and professional career. Moreoever, it's increasingly vital to every organization's capacity to excel, innovate, reinvent, unite stakeholders, and embrace the kind of never-ending disruptions that are here -- to stay. And while leaders and managers use the therm "positive change" frequently and loosely, it's only recently that the term "posiive" has taken on systematic, strength-based, and scientific meaning. And the result is enormous: it's changing the very concept of change - and it can change everything.

Whether the change you are navigating is economic, ecological, digital, strategic, operational, cultural, or equity-based, the new 8-element Cooperrider-Godwin P.O.S.I.T.I.V.E. change leadership platform can help you and your team align around a new powerful change equation. It is an empowering roadmap and skill-set that's been taught and leveraged at corporations such as VitaMix, Johnson and Johnson, Whole Foods, the US Navy, National Grid, the Cleveland Clinic, and the UN Global Compact, a coaltition of 10,000 companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Starbucks, Tata, Keurig Green Mountain Coffee, Coca Cola, and many more.

The unfortunate truth is that research at the Harvard Business School and firms such as McKinsey continue to show that traditional "change management" projects fail in the range of 70-80% of the time. But in several recent studies, one of them the largest study of its kind, the Appreciative Inquiry strengths-based paradigm has been shown to more than reverse the 80-20 tendency.

What would you like to change or build back better? Bring your betterment opportunities and come to this workshop with thought leader David Cooperrider, the creator of the original research, vision, and theory of Appreciative Inquiry, and learn how to unite, as one dynamic platform (1) the strengths revolution in management; (2) the principles of Appreciative Inquiry, including the evidence-based science of positive psychology; and (3) the state of the art in design thinking applied to organization development and change.

Learning Outcomes:

In this high energy and interactive session, filled with stories from the field, tools you can use, and learning by doing, you will:

  1. Learn about the 5 largest myths about leading change and how each one weakens or undermines your chances of success. For example, most change management models start with the assumption that people naturally resist change. That couldn't be further from the truth. Under the right conditions, people flourish and thrive in change. In fact, people don't resist change, but they resist being changed.

  2. Understand the way to saturate your most challenging change opportunities via "a universe of strengths" approach -- almost like a surround sound theater -- where you saturate a big-league change opportunity in order to tap into the incredible powers of what we call "wholepower x willpower x waypower."

  3. Make P.O.S.I.T.I.V.E.CHANGE, agile reinvention, and deeply developmental work a time where everyone involved looks back and points to that change platform as one of the great high point moments in their careers -- a time of grounded hope, inspiration, joy, unifying resonance and camaraderie, and most of all, strategic results.


Both sessions will take place via Zoom. Supportive materials, resources, and recommended readings will be made available. Whole group sessions will be recorded for review or later viewing. Due to the highly interactive nature of small group work, breakout rooms will not be recorded.

Workshop Dates 

  • Thursday October 14, 2021 12pm - 4pm ET
  • Friday October 15, 2021 12pm - 4pm ET

This Course is For: 

Organizational Leaders, Human Resource Professionals, Organizational Development or Culture Professionals, AI Professionals, Coaches and Consultants, and anyone trying to enact positive change within an organization or team. No prior AI experience is necessary, though a fundamental understanding will deepen your learning. 

Cost: $695 $595 when you register before September 15, 2021 with the code "BETTER"


Bonus! And just as a gift for exploring and perhaps sharing the program potentials with teams or colleague's you know (it often is powerful to attend as a team), please click HERE for a new article sharing exactly why moments of seemingly debilitating and unprecedented disruption -- like the pandemic or rude surprises in industry shakeups -- is not a time to run away from change but precisely the time to fully embrace it. 

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Dr. David Cooperrider

David Cooperrider

David L. Cooperrider, PhD, is a Distinguished University Professor at Case Western Reserve University and holds two chaired professorships: Char and Chuck Fowler Professor of Business as an Agent of World Benefit and the Covia - David L. Cooperrider Professorship in Appreciative Inquiry, both at the Weatherhead School of Management. David is the Founder and Faculty Director of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit and is also the Honorary Chairman of Champlain College's David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry at the Robert P. Stiller School of Business. Recently David was placed in the Organization Development field’s Hall of Fame and received "The Lifetime Achievement Award"--the highest honor in his field of Organization Development and the OD Network—for his work on positive change theory and his advancement the concept of full-spectrum flourishing as the field’s North Star.

David is best known for his original theoretical articulation of "AI" or Appreciative Inquiry with his mentor Suresh Srivastva. Today AI's approach to strengths-inspired, instead of problematizing change, is being practiced everywhere: the corporate world, the world of public service, of economics, of education, of faith, of philanthropy, and social science scholarship-it is affecting them all. Jane Nelson, at Harvard's Kennedy School of Leadership recently wrote, "David Cooperrider is one of the outstanding scholar-practitioners of our generation."

David has served as advisor to prominent leaders in business and society, including projects with five Presidents and/or Nobel Laureates such as William Jefferson Clinton, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kofi Annan, and Jimmy Carter. David advises a wide variety of corporations including Apple, Johnson & Johnson, Keurig Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Verizon, Hunter Douglas, Cleveland Clinic, National Grid, Smuckers, Clarke, Fairmount Minerals, McKinsey, Parker, Dealer Tire, Webasto, and Wal-Mart as well as the Navy, Red Cross, United Way of America, USAID, United Nations, the UN Global Compact, and hundreds of international private voluntary organizations (the GEM project.) David is also a founding Board Member of the International Association of Positive Psychology, the Taos Institute, and a Fellow of the World Business Academy and International Academy of Management. Early in the growth of the UN’s Global Compact David was called upon by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to facilitate (using Appreciative Inquiry) the largest summit in history between business CEOs and leaders of government and civil society. It was one of the high point moments in David’s career, and shifted the focus of his work to the discovery and design of positive institutions and a world of full spectrum flourishing, that is “a world where businesses can excel, all people can thrive, and nature can flourish now and across the generations.”