Anne Radford is our past mentor and co-creator of the Appreciative Inquiry module. Her Resilient Leadership focus was Inquiring from a Place of Not Knowing: our 1st Key of Kindness.
Based in London, United Kingdom, she is a thinking partner/coach and for many years published the management journal AI Practitioner which focuses on strengths-based approaches to individual and organizational change, including Appreciative Inquiry (AI).
Senior leaders and organizational consultants call on Anne’s support when they feel challenged by increasingly complex situations. Even with extensive experience and specialist knowledge, it can be a time when they question their own confidence to find the right next steps. She helps them re-discover when and how they have generated ways forward in other complex situations. With this renewed confidence they are able to look again at options and select key next steps that work well for them.
Anne has worked in the field of Appreciative Inquiry for many years. Together with Professor David L. Cooperrider, originator of AI and Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in the United States, and other leading AI scholar-practitioners in the the United States and Europe, they founded AIC LLC, the first organization devoted to promoting Appreciative Inquiry. Anne together with other AI practitioners from Europe helped develop the UK AI and European AI Networks. (www.networkplace.eu)
The quarterly management journal, AI Practitioner (www.aipractitioner.com) now published by the Institute for Intervention Studies in the Netherlands invites leading practitioners and researchers to guest edit issues highlighting topics of special interest in the field of individual and organizational change.
Qualifications and experience:
UK: London Business School, one-year full-time business Sloan programme.
USA: Selected for a one-year placement in Secretary of Labor’s office, US Department of Labor in Washington DC as an Policy Fellow with the Institute of Educational Leadership (then part of George Washington University in Washington, DC).
USA: University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), M.Sc. Thesis: Economics of Education.
Enjoy this short film about how Anne was introduced to Appreciative Inquiry and what it has meant to her, filmed by Joep C de Jong.