From Foundations to Flight

SOAR’s Journey from Appreciative Inquiry to the AI Practitioner

April 2024
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This article provides the origin story of SOAR (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results). Originating from Appreciative Inquiry, SOAR started as a positive approach to strategic thinking, planning and leading. It has expanded into management and leadership development, fostering an appreciative mindset. SOAR’s adaptability and impact are documented by many contributions in AI Practitioner across various sectors and communities.


Author: Jackie Stavros

Jackie Stavros is a professor at Lawrence Technological University’s College of Business and IT. Her passion is working with others to discover their strengths, opportunities, aspirations and results for positive change and applying AI in everyday conversations to fuel productive and meaningful engagement ( 


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