Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a well-established strength-based change approach with a proven track record. This article by a leading AI proponent and lean six sigma expert David Shaked outlines its key tenets and suggests that it can complement traditional lean methods, with the potential to create a more positive and sustainable context for continuous improvement. Note that a new AI resource area has been created in Resources/Lean Library (Related tab)
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