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  1. An Appreciative Inquiry into the Third Generation Lean Six Sigma

    Looking back on my workshop Crossing improvement borders with Strength-based Lean at the European Appreciative Inquiry Network Meeting in Hasselt, Belgium on 20 May 2016. Early in the morning I arrived in Hasselt and noticed how the city is changing. The parking lot I remembered from earlier visits wasn’t there anymore. Huge building cranes had taken over the skyline. Not only on the old parking lot but also in many other places in the city as I learned later on that day. The city is flourishing, looking forward to its future. A beatiful location for organizing the European Appreciative Inquiry Network Meeting.

    My workshop was also about looking forward, looking into the future of Lean Six Sigma.

    In his book Strength-based Lean Six Sigma: Building positive and engaging business improvement David Shaked mentions three generations of Lean Six Sigma.

    The first generation is the classic Lean Six Sigma as many organisations work with it at this moment: deliver more value to the customers by identifying and eliminating waste, defects and bottlenecks.

    The second generation is Strength-based Lean Six Sigma which adds a new perspective that focuses on what is wanted and what is already working. Identifying where value, perfection and flow already exist and using them to deliver more value and efficiency. In this generation strength-based approaches to change like Appreciative Inquiry, Solution Focus and Positive Deviance are combined with Lean Six Sigma. It is developing in the time we are in now.

    The third generation is a glance into the future: ‘in addition to the ideas from the second generation, this generation fully integrates the full spectrum of existing personal strengths, passions, values, purposes, personal ‘flow’ (as defined by Positive Psychology) and emotional intelligence’.

    I invited the participants to dream a bit about the third generation. How does continuous improvement look like in the third generation? What possibilities do you see? What (small) steps do you think of to make your way into the third generation? A question was added by one of the participants: why a third generation?

    Hasselt 34 What came up in dreaming

    Let us reinvent efficiency. Give people time to really develop their personal ‘flow’ and let it be the core of a new way of working. Internal values count: it is more about the inside and about your own purpose. It will offer you more space to coordinate your own direction. Therefore a big why is of major importance: you need a big why to emerge a big me. And from the inside out there will be more connecting.

    In the description of the third generation ‘personal’ is mentioned. ‘We’ is missing but it is surely inherent to connecting and creating results together. Maybe you could see the personal part as a personal winner in a winning team. Appreciative Inquiry is a lot about ‘we’, so let’s go beyond Lean Six Sigma and do Appreciative Inquiry! Let’s speak a new language, because new language creates new focus. And last but not least, let Frederic Laloux’s vision on reinventing organisations be a source of inspiration.

    It was great to see the participants being inspired by the positive questions and to feel the energy in the dialogues. Thank you for sharing your dreams and bringing the third generation Lean Six Sigma a small step closer to reality! Theo van den Eijnden

  2. Workshops: 7. How to get more SALT in your life!

    Anita Sheehan &  Jan Somers

    In this workshop, we shall explore the strengths and commonalities of both AI and a close cousin to AI, namely SALT (Stimulate-Appreciate-Learn-Transfer).
    Above all we aim to discover how they can enrich each other and be applied to every day life.

    Be prepared to bring your heads and your hearts to this deepening experience.

    Anita Sheehan

    Jan Somers

  3. Workshops: 6. Mindful helping

    Joan Huling

    This is an experiential workshop where participants will explore how, when and why we help one another.
    Working in pairs we will be participating in a creative project that will help in our exploration of the concepts.

    Community Art
    Please help complete the wall hanging by adding your thoughts with the provided materials.

    Joan Huling
    Gore, Southland, New Zealand

  4. Workshops: 5. From Strength to Strength

    Sarah Lewis

    This workshop will present a model I am working on for bringing the exciting developments of Appreciative Inquiry together into a comprehensive model for putting Appreciative Inquiry at the heart of our organizational culture.
    I am hoping those who attend will help me explore, define, extend and improve this emerging model. I intend it to be a practical model for leaders interested in understanding how to create strengths based organizations, and anticipate it will be the focus of my next book.

    Sarah Lewis
    Mission: To create value by traveling the world bringing the power of Positive Psychology and Appreciative Inquiry to workplace challenges, and developing others to do so.


  5. Workshops: 4. Strengths-based Mindfulness – practice & conversation

    Matthijs Steeneveld

    Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of what is present. Combining strengths and mindfulness lets you focus on what is good, with awareness and kindness. In this workshop we meditate on our strengths and we talk with each other about what there is to appreciate in yourself and others. The session is based on Mindfulness Based Strengths Practice.

    Matthijs Steeneveld is a positive psychologist and mindfulness trainer who works in organizations.


  6. Workshops: 3. Food for thoughts: what about ICT & AI?

    An Rubens and Suzy Kimpen

    The objective of this workshop is to share new insights into the Ai landscape. During this interactive dialogue we want to check and talk about the way that Intentional Change Theory and Appreciative Inquiry are interconnected. We want to explore what colleagues think about the application and we want to make an active link with Flourishing organization

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  7. Workshops: 2. Flourishing Together: creating ourselves, creating the future: from relationships to realities

    Miriam Subirana and Cees Hoogendijk

    In this workshop we will together explore:
    The flourishing of individuals and partners through the art of inquiry.
    The fluid and the frozen in relationships.
    What works and what fails in conversation?
    Creating new conversations as “forms of life” (Wittgenstein).
    Generative and degenerative processes in relationships
    Looking at your own relationships.
    Building new vocabularies and new practices of relationship. Read more

  8. Workshops: 1. Crossing improvement borders with Strength based Lean!

    Theo van den Eijnden

    Strength based Lean offers Appreciative Inquiry and Lean practitioners the opportunity to work successfully together on engaging, effective and sustainable improvement that crosses the borders of deficit approached problem solving..

    In this workshop I will offer an interactive insight in the fruitful entwinement of Appreciative Inquiry and Lean.


  9. More about the program

    Co-creating the program:


    Telling stories is a well-known method in AI. In this celebration meeting we would like to give space to your story. All participants have at least one story that is worth hearing about it, that’s for sure. Just give yourself the opportunity to join in an appreciative interview. When you show up at the meeting, respond to this invitation and come forward with your professional experience in AI.
    The interviewer is Karin van Kesteren, an experienced AI-practitioner. These interviews will be organised during the 3-days meeting. At the end there will be a kaleidoscope of many AI-practitioners and their stories. More information during the opening ceremony.