Welcome readers! I’ve been meaning to start this blog for a long time. New Year’s Day seem an appropriate time to start something new, a resolution of sorts. So here it is.
I got really turned on to co-creation in 2010. I was so lucky to be in the right place at the right time and I got to meet an extraordinary human being; Dr. David Copperrider. He was working with top executives at my place of business. This very unassuming man, of small stature, was talking about Appreciative Inquiry, a technique he developed a few decades ago. He was explaining how using the positive in everything we do can pay huge dividends in life and in business. Patiently, he gave example after example of how using the positive to ask the right business question had made substantial differences to world religion, the US Navy, the UN, Wal-Mart, Dealer Tire and the list goes on and on.
Well, he had me at the positive, at asking the positive question and building on successes. He made the statement, “Life is not a problem to be solved”, yet what has traditional business methodology taught us? Identify the problem, find creative ways to solve it and then look for the next problem. When you see life as a problem, you are perpetually stuck as a hammer looking for a nail. David changed all that for me.
More to come on Appreciative Inquiry and why I think it’s one of the keys to unlocking innovation.