Appreciative Inquiry: Dream, Article 3/5

Using guided-imagery

One process that can be done to facilitate the Dream phase is a guided-image exercise. A facilitator invites the participants to close their eyes and reads the following directions: (Adapted from Appreciative Inquiry: Change at the Speed of Imagination, Jane Magruder Watkins and Bernard J. Mohr, Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer, 2001).

Imagine that it is your first day back at work after a long absence. You are excited because you know that you will find a workplace that has more of what you want to see there. Wander around your workplace. As you meet people in the course of the day, what pictures are emerging? What are you feeling? What are people doing differently? As you head home from this day, what is life like and how has it changed? What do you tell people at home about your new work environment? What do you read in the newspaper the next day about your workplace’s legacy? Congratulate yourself for being a part of such a healthy and meaningful change in your work and in your life. When ready, share a few words describing your experience.”

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