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Appreciative Inquiry: Developing and implementing new ideas to solve old problems

People have to solve problems all the time: at work and in their personal lives. Traditional problem-solving tends to feel arduous and focusing on “what doesn’t work” can be demoralizing. Furthermore, it inhibits creativity. Anyone can benefit from learning how to apply appreciative inquiry (A.I.) principles to solve problems, brainstorm new ideas, develop and implement projects that will lead to the attainment of higher objectives.

Date: TBA pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca (“Interested? Send us an email!”)
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: 688 Sherbrooke West
Fee: $ 495 CAD


Participants learn how to apply Appreciative Inquiry principles to develop and implement creative solutions – at work or in their personal life. Participants work on a project or problem of their choice and leave the session with concrete solutions, having applied the different principles and techniques associated with the AI approach.

Who Should Attend

Professionals interested in learning new, uplifting ways to tackle their everyday challenges, at work or in their personal lives.


At the end of this workshop the participants will be able to apply Appreciative Inquiry principles to:

  • Build on strengths and successes to brainstorm ideas, gather information and identify key success factors
  • Develop/design creative solutions based on success factors

Plan to implement solutions at work or in their personal life to achieve their professional or personal goals.

Topics Covered

  • Introduction: comparing problem-solving to the Appreciative Inquiry alternative – a change in perspective
  • Applying the 4 Ds of Appreciative Inquiry:
  • Discover: gathering information on “what works well”
  • Dream: setting higher goals for one’s work or life
  • Design: planning to bring the dream to reality
  • Destiny: implementing positive changes.

Embracing change and celebrating successes.


Ann Brosseau, M.A., PhD(c)

With an educational background in the fields of psychology, sociology, adult education and human resource management and 20 years experience in training and education, Ms. Brosseau specializes in helping learners develop useful and relevant interpersonal, leadership and human resource management skills required to excel in the workplace - as employees, team members, managers or human resource professionals. Building on the experience of learners, she favours an experiential, hands-on approach to learning.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation & substitution requests must be made in writing. The following Cancellation Policy applies:

Up to 14 days prior to the start date: Full refund
7 days prior to the start date: Refund minus $100 Cancellation fee
Within 7 days of the start date: No Refund, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted

If no notice is given prior to the start of the event(s) and you fail to attend, you will be liable for the full course fee.

McGill SCS reserves the right to cancel an event up to 5 days prior to its start.

Contact Information

Telephone: 514-398-5454
E-mail: pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca