Tojo Joseph Thatchenkery
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About Tojo Joseph Thatchenkery
Tojo Thatchenkery (Ph.D. Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University) is an internationally known speaker, consultant, and educator. He is professor and director of the Organization Development and Knowledge Management program at the School of Public Policy. George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia. He is also a member of the NTL Institute of Applied Behavioral Science and the Taos Institute. Tojo has over twenty five years of experience in teaching at various Public Policy, MBA, Organization Development, and executive development programs in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. His research has been funded by agencies such as the United States National Science Foundation and the U.S. Postal Service. His recent books include Reframing human capital for organizational excellence (2012), Capability Building for Organizational Transformation: Management Cases from Multiple Disciplines (2012), Making the Invisible Visible: Understanding Leadership Contributions of Asian Minorities in the Workplace (2011), Positive Initiatives for Organizational Change and Transformation (2011), Building Competencies for Sustainability and Organizational Excellence (2011), Positive Design and Appreciative Construction: From Sustainable Development to Sustainable Value (2010), Leveraging Global Competiveness for Organizational Excellence (2010), Enhancing Organizational Performance through Strategic Initiatives (2009), Handbook on Management Cases (2008), Appreciative Inquiry and Knowledge Management (2007), and Appreciative Intelligence: Seeing the Mighty Oak in the Acorn (2006). He has also researched contemporary themes such as technological culture and globalization which resulted in another book, Information Communication Technology and Economic Development: Learning from the Indian Experience (2006).
Tojo has extensive consulting experience in change management, organization design and strategy, and knowledge management. Past and current clients include Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, IBM, Fannie Mae, Booz Allen, PNC Bank, Lucent Technologies, General Mills, 3M, British Petroleum, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, United States Department of Agriculture, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Akbank (Turkey), and the Tata Consulting Services (India). His research and consulting also focuses on Asian Americans and organizational mobility. Starting with his special issue of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences on this topic, he is one of the first researchers to analyze the human and social capital dynamics unique to Asian Americans in federal agencies and corporate America. Tojo regularly consults and offers workshops to public and private sector organizations on this topic.
Tojo Thatchenkery is on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences and the Journal of Organizational Change Management and the past Program Chair of the Research Methods Division of the Academy of Management (http://aomonline.org). For more information, please visit www.appreciativeintelligence.com
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Appreciative Intelligence provides a new answer to what enables successful people to dream up their extraordinary and innovative ideas; why employees, partners, colleagues, investors, and other stakeholders join them on the path to their goals, and how they achieve these goals despite obstacles and challenges. It is not simple optimism. People with appreciative intelligence are realistic and action oriented—they have the ability not just to identify positive potential, but to devise a course of action to take advantage of it.
Drawing on their own original research and recent discoveries in psychology and cognitive neuroscience, Thatchenkery and Metzker outline the evidence for appreciative intelligence, detail its specific characteristics, and show how you can develop this skill and use it in your own life and work. They show how the most successful leaders are able to spread appreciative intelligence throughout an organization, and they offer tools and exercises you can use to increase your own level of appreciative intelligence and so become more creative, resilient, successful, and personally fulfilled.
“An inspiring and practical account of how to develop the capacity to see potential within the present and to develop this capacity within oneself and in others.” —Jane E. Dutton, William Russell Kelly Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Psychology, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
“A compelling justification for . . . what endows successful leaders with the qualities of persistence, conviction, comfort with uncertainty, and resilience to overcome challenges.” —Dr. V. Nilakant, coauthor of Change Management