The First “D” in Appreciative Inquiry: Define

Define is the beginning of your AI journey.

Our material on each of the 5 Ds will be presented in  2 parts. For DEFINE, we’ll learn about the concept in Course 2A.  Then, in Course 2B, we see how DEFINE is used when putting together an AI Summit. 

Course 2: Define


After this microlearn, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe how DEFINE works to guide the AI cycle through diversity, system-wide participation, and the creation of a topic choice.
  • Identify an excellent topic choice.
  • Identify conversations that are generative about our organizations.
  • Synthesize the impact of positive emotions on people and organizations.
  • Define how the Simultaneity Principle is at play in DEFINE.


After this microlearn, participants will be able to:  

  • Identify the stakeholders necessary for an excellent topic choice and AI Summit.  
  • Identify the characteristics of organizational readiness.  
  • Explain how to do a successful DEFINE phase with your core team. 
  • Identify the characteristics of a great topic choice.