How to SOAR: An overview of Appreciative Inquiry at UNH

Using SOAR, an Appreciative Inquiry approach to strategic assessment

Most of us are familiar with the problems, the gaps, the “opportunities for growth”, the issues and the challenges within our own development, our teams, and our organizations. We get good at admiring our problems and struggle to implement solutions, even when they are promising ideas.

In this interactive workshop, we will learn about the strength-based principles and process of Appreciative Inquiry, focusing on the framework used to identify and build on “what works”. We will discover the roots of this method and the ways organizations using it have experienced transformation. We will practice inquiry together, and learn a tool called SOAR which participants can begin using immediately to apply an appreciative approach to coaching or strategic planning sessions.


Instructor Bios


Using SOAR, an Appreciative Inquiry approach to strategic assessment

  • Derek Ahl

    Derek Ahl specializes in organizational behavior, strategic thinking and leadership development.  He regularly supports senior leadership teams and individuals using expert facilitation, consultation, executive coaching, and provides customized instructional design.  Known for facilitating tactical engagements such as board retreats, longitudinal cohorts, project implementation & collaborative ventures; Derek hopes to raise awareness, curiosity and compassion in leaders to help drive sustainable and just solutions for our changing world.  Derek holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and is an associate consultant and facilitator with numerous firms.

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