Sarah's presentation to the Institut Français d'Appreciative Inquiry - In French!

En Français? Oui!

Sarah Lewis, MD and Principal Psychologist here at Appreciating Change, gave a presentation to the Institut Français d'Appreciative Inquiry in Paris last week on 'The Art Of The Possible', highlighting the problems with planned change events in uncertain times (that they are out of date as soon as written, scuppered by events, insufficiently motivating, energising, don’t make sense on the ground, and don't take effect fast enough) and the difference between this approach and the positive psychology/Appreciative Inquiry approach. 

 
The audience in Paris working with each other to answer a question from Sarah

The audience in Paris working with each other to answer a question from Sarah

It is this change of mindset towards the change methodologies which promote iterative, engaging, fast-paced, responses to uncertain situations that we are always arguing for but one which Sarah has never yet tried to make in a foreign language! Still it seemed to go down well, especially the interactive portions or the talk. 

Others in the Appreciating Change office refuse to confirm that the triumph was preceded by days spent pouring over dusty O-level French textbooks and huddled consultations with a tutor.  

It was a nice to spend moments with you. People really enjoyed your presentation.
— Jean-Christophe, Cofondateur, Institut Français d'Appreciative Inquiry
It was a pleasure to welcome you in Paris and your workshop was very successful, the participants appreciated as well the content that the way you presented it. Thanks for having taken the challenge to do it in french!
— Jean Pages, Cofondateur, Institut Français d'Appreciative Inquiry
t was a great pleasure to meet you and help you out as I could Friday bridging the language gap for your presentation on AI for change management. It was a brilliant presentation and I acknowledge your courage in taking on its delivery in French!
— Nancy Bragard (participant), Bragard Associates