Appreciative Coaching

Contributing to a Science of Positive Human Change


There are well over 250 recorded areas of application of the Appreciative Inquiry principles and stages today, since its beginnings in the 1980s. One is Appreciative Coaching. In this article we celebrate the contribution of this method to the field of positive human change, take a deeper look at the evolution of Appreciative Coaching since the initial publication of the book of the same name, share the learning and insights of the one co-founder who is still practicing Appreciative Coaching, and discuss how Appreciative Coaching can support and contribute in these times of intense challenge and change.


Author: Heike Aiello

Heike Aiello, MBA, is a business coach, facilitator, trainer, author and speaker. AI is the basis for her international consulting, facilitation and coaching activities. “AC offers a structure and an atmosphere in which people can be intelligent and creative. Clients relax, there is laughter and hope, suddenly ideas flow and new things become possible”. Heike is the author of several articles and chapters on Appreciative Inquiry.


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Author: Ann L. Clancy

Ann L. Clancy, Ph.D. specializes in executive coaching, strategic planning and leadership and team development with over 30 years of experience in working with organizations, teams and individuals to create positive change. She is researcher and co-author of several books and articles on Appreciative Coaching. Her clients are drawn from a wide range of industries.



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