USC Price School of Public Policy

Danczyk speaks on ‘appreciative inquiry’ to state executives at FI$Cal

April 15, 2015

Dr. Paul Danzcyk at the Financial Information System for California (FI$Cal) on April 10.

From USC Price staff reports

Paul Danczyk, director of executive education at the USC Price School in Sacramento, addressed an audience of nearly 40 state executives at the Financial Information System for California (FI$Cal) on April 10.

Based in Sacramento, FI$Cal is a business transformation project for state government in the areas of budgeting, accounting, procurement and cash management. Danczyk’s presentation, organized at the request of FI$Cal Executive Partner Jeff Uyeda, was part of a quarterly Leadership Enrichment series envisioned by the system’s executive team.

In his talk, Danczyk’s focused on the topic of appreciative inquiry, an alternative approach in tackling organizational challenges. The initial distinction from traditional problem-solving approaches like quality improvement methods starts with appreciating and valuing “what is” as opposed to identifying a problem to solve.

“When the dominant approach is problem solving, creativity and motivation can be stifled,” Danczyk said. “Quite simply, people need to celebrate successes, and all organizations have things that work well—why not grow from them?”

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