We didn’t set out

On this journey,

To travel the path

Of resilience,


Resilience howled to us,

Its voice hoarse against the wild wind of life

-Joan Mcarthur-Blair 2017

This powerful poem, written by Joan, “howls” to us at A Leadership Beyond.

Listen to the conversation with authors Joan & Jeanie

Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry

Much of the conversation in this community is about resilience, whether directly identified or not.

We were thrilled to chat with Joan and Jeanie about their journey and how the practice of Appreciative Inquiry can help us to create positive futures, working with – and in – the “ordinary” every day of life.

Joan and Jeanie point out that resilience is not a place we arrive at, but an intentional practice. In this context, resilience becomes a verb. When faced with a challenge or disappointment, we can turn to our colleagues and say, “let’s do some resiliencing.” (The spell check would not allow resiliencing, so we added a word to the dictionary.) 😊

Among the many gems in this conversation:

  • Discussion on nature vs. nurture – hint, it’s “yes, and”.

  • The power of love as a leadership tool to build positive futures for meaningful work
  • Personal stories to demonstrate that this practice is anything but Pollyanna, and a call to walk with despair rather than dispel it, cultivate forgiveness and gratitude, and deal with setback through the lens of hope.
  • How the A.L.I.V.E. model emerged and how to leverage it to craft your unique resilience journey.

A – Appreciate

L – Love

I – Inquire

V – Venture

E – Evolve

It was a joy to chat with Joan McArthur-Blair and Jeanie Cockell.

We encourage you to add this treasure to your library:

Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry: A Leadership Journey through Hope, Despair, and Forgiveness (McArthur-Blair, Joan; Cockell, Jeanie; Cooperrider, David)


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