Inquiry (AI)
Friday, May 24 – Sunday, May 26


The task of leadership is to create an alignment of strengths, making a system's weaknesses irrelevant.
- Peter Drucker

In today’s world, the business landscape is changing at the speed of light. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is paradigm shifting characterized by the integration of technologies that blur the lines between the physical, digital and biological spaces. Such technologies include yet not limited to artificial intelligence, quantum computing, nanotechnology and robotics. Profitability, continuous improvement, and reductionist problem-solving are no longer sufficient to engage employees, attract the best talent or peak investor interest. You are expanding your capacity to engage with it all. You have outgrown conventional leadership programs. IQ and EQ training have not succeeded in improving global employee engagement for a decade. Two-thirds of employees—everywhere—remain disengaged or only moderately engaged.

Join Appreciative Inquiry to inspire teams and organization to collaboratively thrive in a complex world.


May 24 Friday – May 26 Sunday

Early bird pricing is RMB22,500. Deadline is May 20
For group pricing, please contact

Program Fee includes tuition, course materials, food and beverage and accommodation of 2 evenings at Sangha by Octave. Octave reserves the right to amend information on this program including price, date, location, faculty, daily schedule and other details.


Appreciative Inquiry is a revolutionary approach to change management and organizing that facilitates universal buy-in among all stakeholders, via strength-based, collaborative, and generative decision making -- a proven approach developed at Case Western Reserve University.
Appreciative Inquiry is one of the residential retreats under Quantum Leadership taught by esteemed business leaders and experts from the United States and Singapore. This experiential retreat accelerates organizational change by redirecting a focus on individual and collective core strengths. Once the decision maker, leader, or change agent is shifted in his/her consciousness – toward living as an appreciative inquirer – s/he is then able to bring the best in others with whom they collaborate and innovate.

Program Objective

Program Benefits

Upon completion, participants will be best positioned to:

  • Embrace concentrated clarity and newfound creativity
  • Drive collaborative search for strengths within the organization
  • Imagine new possibilities for the future
  • Secure engaged, motivated and committed teams for action
  • Co-design the pathway to changes and innovation with all stakeholders
  • Achieve organizational excellence through aligning and deploying core strengths

Program Coverage

  • Appreciative Inquiry Concept (What & Why Now)
  • The Unconditional Positive Questions
  • The Discovery Interview
  • The “4D cycle of Positive Change”
  • Re-connecting People to their Positive Core
  • Rethinking How and Why Human Systems Change
  • Positive Image – Positive Action
  • Framing Compelling Topics
  • Re-connecting People to their Positive Core
  • Building Cooperative Capacity through AI
  • One Last Story
  • Being AI, not just Doing AI
  • Case Studies and Application Examples


Quantum Leadership Retreats such as Appreciative Inquiry (AI) are tailored for global decision makers that lead entire organizations, divisions or large teams with profit and loss responsibilities on a strategic and day-to-day level.

Those who are dedicated to evolving themselves, their teams and their organizations against the backdrop of a complex business landscape will benefit personally and professionally through this learning journey.

  • CEO
  • Presidents
  • Board members
  • Family business owners
  • Sustainable entrepreneurs
  • Corporate trainers/ Consultants
  • Academic leaders
  • Consultants

Program Schedule

  • Introduction to AI: What and Why Now
  • Why Strengths
  • Discovery Interview
  • Power of Affirmative Stories
  • The “4-D” Cycle
  • Crafting the Affirmative Topic:
    Turning Problems into opportunities
  • Positive Image & Positive Action
  • Crafting the Unconditional Positive Question
  • Discovery & Dream exercise
  • Crafting Possibility Propositions
  • Design & Destiny
  • The AI Summit Method
  • Application Projects
  • Summary: From Doing AI to Being AI – Where you can begin


Ronald E. Fry
Ronald E. Fry, Ph.d

Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Fry is Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University and former Chairman of the Department of Organizational Behavior, consistently ranked one of the best in the world by the Financial Times. He has been honored with the University Award for Outstanding Teacher in the Professional Schools and the Weatherhead School’s Lifetime Service Award. He received his MS and PhD from the Sloan School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after completing a BS in Engineering at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Ron has authored or co-authored 11 books and over 50 articles and chapters in the areas of Organizational Development, Appreciative Inquiry, Team Building, Change Management, Executive Development and the role and functioning of the CEO. He is a co-creator of the Appreciative Inquiry approach and continues to both apply and study the applications of AI in the field. His most recent books are Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Approach to Building Cooperative Capacity (Taos Publishing), with Frank Barrett, and Appreciative Team Building with Diana Whitney, Jay Cherney and Amanda Tristen-Bloom (iUniverse). He has also co-edited Appreciative Inquiry and Organizational Transformation: Reports from the field (Quorum) and the Handbook of Transformative Cooperation (Stanford University Press).


Sangha by Octave is a mere 1.5 hours away from Shanghai. As an immersive ex-urban retreat location in Suzhou, Sangha is surrounded by water where ancient Wu culture first started. Suzhou is a symbol in China for the artistic, cultural, sophisticated and mindful lifestyle. Sangha spreads over 189,000 square meters of lakefront peninsula on Suzhou’s Yangcheng Lake.  It is a place for mindful learning designed to enhance your connection with yourself, with others and with nature. 

Sangha is the distillation of decades of reflection by Octave’s Founder & CEO Chavalit Fred Tsao and is viewed by him as “an expression of a world-view where evolution is supported, and where consciousness can shift to embrace wholeness and connection.” 

Sangha is an integrated complex of wellness residences and learning facilities consciously created by master architect Calvin Tsao to be the embodiment of a vision of how such a community might work. One of the spaces within Sangha - The Sanctuary - has won numerous architectural awards for its stunning design, elaborate interiors and exteriors, including UK Blueprint Awards, 2017 APIDA, the A&D Trophy Awards.

Built with natural materials, Octave’s aesthetics and design choices for Sangha re-think the whole idea of space utilization, reconsidering the balance between personal space and communal space, to create a greater sense of closeness, of community.

For inquiries, please contact:
Margie Chiang
Director, Business Development OCTAVE
Phone: +86 130 0323 1162