The 5-D strategy can keep you focused on the positive to build personal and organizational success.
Instead of focusing on weaknesses and problems, what if you shifted your mindset to focus on what is working well and keep building on that to build both personal and organizational success?
Marion McCrary, MD, FACP, clinical associate in the Department of Medicine, Duke University, gave a presentation at the American College of Physicians Internal Medicine Meeting 2021, outlining the steps to using the appreciative inquiry process to do just that.
Here are the keys:
A tool to uncover and celebrate the best of what is and what could be
Avoids focusing on weaknesses and problems to fix
Focuses on what is going well and where opportunities are
Based on 5 Ds: define discover, dream, design, destiny
What is the topic you want to focus on?
Describe the challenge or an area of growth
Appreciate and value the “Best of what is”
What is working in your current situation? What has been your best experience with this (now or in the past)?What strengths or values do you or your organization have that you can draw on?
What is an example of something you or your team has accomplished in this area?
What are the most important pieces of this topic that you want to carry with you during this change?
What are you hopes and dreams for the future? If you had three wishes, what would they be?
Envision what might be
What do you want the future to look like if things were going really well? (Paint a picture and describe it in the present tense.)What is calling you? What creates energy for you?If anything is possible, what might be?
How can you apply what you discovered in the DISCOVER step?
Develop detailed plans for “What should be”
What is the ideal? How can you move forward toward this? Brainstorm without initially judging the ideas. Draw the map. Create a detailed and personal design.
What supports you? What are your resources?
What are barriers? How can you overcome them?
What commitment will you make? A commitment is an action ‐> outcome.
Enact planned activities for “What Will Be”
Sometimes the fifth D is deliver This is an action planning process that elevates both positive energy and self‐ efficacy (you get things done).
GOALS: How will you do this? What is the first step?
How do you keep doing it?
Appreciative Inquiry is a strategy you can start using today at both work and home.
Thriving and Joyous is a better place to be than Stuck and only Surviving or in Burnout.
Define: Choose specifically what you want to focus on and the outcome you want. Discover: Lead with the positive and what is working. Build on it.
Dream: Describe the future like you are there and it is already happening.
Design: You will learn from every experience. Think of it as an experiment.Deliver/Destiny: You ultimately control your outcomes.