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    Appreciative Inquiry

    Date: August 20, 2020, 12:00pm
    Mike Mastroianni
    $10 (members), $15 (guests)
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    In traditional models, there are analytics from classical science, and the emphasis is on creating goals for changing behavior.  Often, the planning process is top down.  A SWOT analysis is done, so half of the planning involves a focus on weaknesses and threats.  This traditional process attempts to fix what is broken like a medical doctor.  Causes are analyzed, solutions are funneled down into the few best ideas, and actions are planned.

    In AI, the focus is on changing how the people think, rather than how they behave.  What we think, we bring about.  Reality is socially negotiated, so it is important to create a new mindset if we want meaningful and lasting change to occur.  When the thinking changes, the feelings and behaviors follow.  What we focus on, we create.  It is a "funnel-up" process where multiple solutions are created.

    Mike Mastroianni is the Director of the Small Business Development Center, in Rockford, IL.  Mike assists business in business planning, social media, website design, and marketing with his partner, Edward Caceres.  Previously, Mike worked at Rock Valley College for 20 years, moving from Director of the Business and Professional Institute, to Dean, Vice President of Career and Technical Education, and then President of the College.  Mike has been a principal and partner in Management Resource Group, a full Service HR consulting Firm in Rockford, and after retiring from Rock Valley College, Mike was a sole proprietor and owner of MDM Consulting, specializing in Strategic Planning, Training, Coaching, and Conflict Resolution/Mediation.  He is co-author of the Book, Harnessing the Power of Conflict: Leading, Living, Learning, with Norm Dasenbrook, MS, LCPC.  

    Mike has helped numerous organizations in strategic planning using AI, including but not limited to the City of Rockford, Rockford Arts Council, Rockford Health Council, Rockford Public Library, Serenity Hospice and Home, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Boylan High School, St. James Church, and many other organizations, both not-for-profit and other businesses.

    Interesting note:  Mike has been in two rock bands over the years, playing keyboard and singing, and is a 2nd degree black belt in Karate  He asks that you remember that when filling out the evaluations!!

    This program has been approved for 1.00  HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) & 
    1 SHRM-CP/SCP recertification credit.