Episode 17 | Part One: A Conversation with Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres

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This week, Clint has a conversation with Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres, the co-authors of Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement. Jackie and Cheri have a combined 50 years of experience in practicing and teaching Appreciative Inquiry.  In part one, Jackie and Cheri explain the meaning of Appreciative Inquiry, how generative questions open the door to allow space for new possibilities, and how we can tell we’re having a conversation worth having.

Find out more about Jackie and Cheri’s work here.

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Jackie and Cheri’s book, Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement is available on Amazon and wherever you buy books.

About Jacqueline (Jackie) Stavros:
Jackie’s passion is working with others to create purpose and meaningful results for positive change. She is recognized for her creation of SOAR, a positive approach to strategic thinking, planning, conversations, and leading. She is a management consultant and professor in the College of Business and Information Technology at Lawrence Technological University. She has co-authored many articles and books with two recent: Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement (www.ConversationsWorthHaving.today) and Thin Book of SOAR: Creating Strategy that Inspires Innovation and Engagement (soar-strategy.com). She has worked across all sectors, including for-profit, nonprofit, government, and a wide spectrum of industries.

She has worked in 25 countries using Appreciative Inquiry (AI) to affect the lives of thousands or people and hundreds of organizations improve capacity to thrive and increase performance. Her research is grounded in the AI, neuroscience, and positive psychology to help others understand how their conversations influence their wellbeing and ability to succeed. She is on a mission to co-create a global movement of conversations worth having to recognize each other’s humanity and create organizations and communities that work for everyone. Her work has been featured in Forbes, SmartBrief, Detroit’s Live in the D, business Magazine, and leadership and training blogs and podcasts.

She is a keynote speaker on positive approaches to leadership, strategy, management, conversations, and change. She earned a Doctor of Management in Capacity Building Using an Appreciative Approach: A Relational Process of Building Your Organization’s Future at Case Western Reserve University. She holds an MBA in International Marketing from Michigan State University and BA in Marketing from Wayne State University. Jackie lives in Brighton, MI with her husband Paul and her lovable dog Rex!

About Cheri Torres:
As Lead Catalyst and CEO of Collaborative by Design, Cheri partners with people to catalyze positive change in workplaces and communities. The two simple practices she introduces give leaders and teams the power to strengthen relationships, expand possibilities, and increase productivity and engagement through everyday conversation. These practices are grounded in neuroscience, positive psychology, and Appreciative Inquiry, one of the most widely used approaches for systems change. She’s worked with thousands of leaders and teams around the world to support high performance, engagement, and organizational success.

She’s written numerous books and articles; her most recent book is a Berrett Koehler bestseller, Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement. She’s been featured in leading media sources including Fast Company, Forbes, HR Magazine, SmartBrief, Training Industry, and Training Magazine. Her keynote presentations reach a broad range of people, including HR Directors (e.g., HRDSummit UK), organization development practitioners (e.g., OD Network), women leaders (e.g., WomanUp), youth prevention specialists (e.g., MTC-Europe), educators (e.g., the Danish Learning Festival), and individual social profit organizations and corporations. A perpetual learner, she’s accumulated a Ph.D. in Collaborative Learning, an MBA., Masters in Transpersonal Psychology, Level II certification in Barrett Cultural Values assessment, and Level II certification in Spiral Dynamics Integral. Cheri lives in Asheville, NC with her husband, Michael, and dog, Annabelle.