We like the adjective “provocative” because a key criterion for these statements is that they elicit an “oh, wow” response from a reader rather than a “ho-hum” response, that is, they stretch, challenge, or interrupt the status quo. In some situations and in some cultures the term “provocative proposition” may not serve well. It is too “provocative” as a title. In those cases, the term “possibility statement” serves well.
David Cooperrider, in an e-mail to the AI listserv, offers the following thoughts on provocative propositions and how that guides the redesign of the organization:
“On designing the ideal organization: What is becoming increasingly clear to me is that if people do great work with [the processes of inquiry ...