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Podcast with Jacqueline Stavros

Can You Help Organizations SOAR? Podcast with Jacqueline Stavros

Today’s Guest:

Jacqueline is an Associate Professor at the Lawrence Technological University and has been honored with the LTU Inaugural Presidential Research Award. She’s known for her creation of SOAR, a profoundly positive approach to strategic thinking, planning, and leadership, based on the concept of Appreciative Inquiry.

Today we’re talking to Jacqui about how the SOAR framework and how this can be used to help organizations and teams take a strengths-based, systems approach to strategic planning. and the kind of results they might expect.  Jacqui helps us to understand how SOAR differs from SWOT approaches, how to help the cynics embrace a more strengths-orientated approach and how you conduct a quick SOAR in just a few hours with a team.

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You’ll Learn:

  • [02:14] – Jackie talks about ‘meeting people where they’re at’ by asking generative questions.
  • [03:43] – Jackie gives an introduction to the SOAR (strengths, opportunities, aspirations & results) framework and how it can be applied.
  • [05:55] – Jackie explains which situations SOAR is most appropriate for in organizations.
  • [08:59] – Jackie explains the ‘5 ‘I’ Approach’ to making SOAR work with groups.
  • [12:05] – Jackie discusses the impact of SOAR on the workplace.
  • [17:15] – Jackie shares potential cautions for using SOAR and how to convert a cynic.
  • [24:18] – Lighting round with Jacqueline Stavros.

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