SOARING Towards Positive Transformation and Change


  • Dr. Jacqueline M Stavros
  • Dr. Matthew L. Cole


The SOAR strategic thinking and planning framework is a dynamic, modern, and
innovative approach for framing strategic thinking, assessing individual and team performance, building strategy, and creating strategic plans. SOAR stands for strengths, opportunities, aspirations, and results. As a framework, SOAR focuses on the formulation and implementation of a positive strategy by identifying strengths, building creativity in the form of opportunities, encouraging individuals and teams to share aspirations, and determining measurable and meaningful results.
This article presents the SOAR framework’s evolution from the fields of strategy,
organization development and change, and Appreciative Inquiry (AI) to the discipline of positive organizational scholarship (POS).