What is SOAR
SOAR stands for Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results. Like Appreciative Inquiry, the process invites representatives of all stakeholders (anyone who has an interest in the organization) into the conversation about what the organization does well and what the collective values and aspirations are. Aspirations are 'longings' and the research is clear that people long to do purposeful work. They want to know that what they do each day is making a positive difference to others and reflects what they value. And, that generally is not just building 'wealth' for a small group of people. They also want to have positive relationships with the people they work with and those relationships are created through conversation, especially constructive conversations. SOAR creates the platform for those conversations to take place, which in turn nurtures the relationships while people discover how their joint efforts benefit themselves and other stakeholders.
"What I especially like about SOAR is the R or Results. It is a lot easier for people to put their discretionary efforts into achieving results when they see a direct connection to their values. And because the R is such a key part of the process, it is not left for later; which in my experience often happens in an Appreciative Inquiry session." Sue Hammond, Publisher, Thin Book Publishing.
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