Appreciative Inquiry & Tai Chi Connections

Small DragonsIn a previous post AI & Tai Chi: Same Language Different Words I wrote about how I met Sue James, my business partner, at a business network meeting and how we used different words to describe the same themes in our work.

Here are more specific themes I’ve used from Tennyson Yu’s book Tai Chi that I feel are complementary to the Appreciative Inquiry Principles and Assumptions.

8 Principles of Taoism

  • Inner strength
  • Adaptability
  • Devotion and dedication (sincerity)
  • Faith
  • Peace and Harmony
  • Tranqulity and Serenity
  • Enlightenment

8 Principles & Qualities of Tai Chi Movements

  • Softness
  • Slowness
  • Complete relaxation
  • Harmony
  • Connectedness
  • Circularity
  • Clarity, accuracy and elegance
  • Projection

In our The Essence of Appreciative Inquiry workshops which we are running in April/May I’ll weave some of the above  themes into various aspects of Appreciative Inquiry so participants get a deeper understanding and feel for AI.

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