Dr. Tojo Thatchenkery

Appreciative Intelligence®

Discovering Common Ground by Reframing Difficult Conversations

Appreciative Intelligence® is the ability to see the generative potential in any situation and to actualize it.  It is a leadership skill set that will enable you to step into conflict mindfully, and to transform difficult conversations into purposeful discussions.  Research has established that individuals with this ability appreciate the positive, and see better how the future unfolds from the present. As a leader by improving your Appreciative Intelligence you will have expanded abilities to reframe conflicting situations and move affected parties to a common ground.  While challenging projects and difficult conversations will always be there, your approach to dealing with them will be more mindful, transforming conflict into opportunities to create better understanding, to enhance relationships, and to gain mutual respect, and create shared goals and positive outcomes.


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.