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Promise Informed (PI) Explained

Become Promise Informed - PI is a Condition of Being

Promise Informed (PI) is a description of what a person, group, business, organization, community, or entity can become. Based on the methodology of Appreciate Inquiry, the pathway to becoming Promise Informed is presented, trained, and coached as a series of appreciative practices, processes, and frameworks.  All PI supports are created and applied to fortify business systems and structures, establish new culture and climate norms, and influence organizational transformation. 

The Focus is on Positives

The practice of PI is to focus on positive experiences and strengths, rather than on problems and weaknesses.  By focusing on, enhancing, and leveraging strengths, risks and challenges can be overcome.  Furthermore, sustainable change and transformation can be realized by establishing new habits for success that are formed by this appreciative approach to how we see, think, make decisions, and take action. 

Aims to Connect New Learning to Intrinsic Strengths

The PI approach inspires changes and enhancements to existing strengths.  It does not suggest incidental improvements that could be misaligned to an individual skill set or aptitude.  Growth requires us to learn new things, however PI aims to connect new learning, development, and the implementation of new skills to authentic strengths that are intrinsic to the talent of the organization. 


Encouraging, Appreciative, and Visionary

The PI process involves asking questions to identify the positive aspects of individuals, teams, the organization and/or existing systems and explore ways to enhance those positive aspects. It encourages a sense of gratitude, acknowledgement, and appreciation of what is working well and to envision a desired future state that can be built upon those strengths.

A Four-Stage Tiered Approach

  • DISCOVERY - when participants share stories and experiences about when the organization was at its best and when they were at their personal best.   System audits, self-assessments, and needs assessments are typically conducted during this stage.

  • DREAM - when participants envision a future state that builds upon positive experiences and existing strengths.  This stage supports cognition regarding a desired condition of culture and climate that is not yet true, however possible with consideration and planning. 

  • DEVELOPMENT - when participants are involved with new learning and application in regard to assembling teams, collaborative work, operational systems, concept/content creation, and overlay implementations.  Training is common during this stage.

  • DEPLOYMENT - when participants are engaged mostly in self-discovery, self-learning, and self-development which lead to a new or renewed self-deployment of business acumen.  Soft and hard skills are explored, integrated, and honed during this stage to strengthen keenness and quickness in understanding and dealing with situations in a manner that is more likely to lead to enhanced outcomes for the individual and the business/organization. 

It Starts with Seeing What Is Right

Promise Informed practices, systems, frameworks, coaching, and trainings are based on universal principles that apply to all business models, professions, and organizations.  They also support a variety of contexts, including organizational change, transitions, leadership development, team building, and community development. PI is often used as an alternative to traditional problem-solving approaches which typically focus on what is wrong rather than what is right.    

"See all that is right, and all that is right is all you will see."

~ The PI Institute ~

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