I have just finished reading the excellent book of Daniel Meier: Team Coaching with the SolutionCircle (2005. SolutionsBooks). Step 3, Hot Topics, of the SolutionCircle however is a bit unclear to me. As I understand it, it is suggested that each team member sign their name next to the topic he or she finds really crucial. In this manner groups are formed that would work on particular topics. Where in the process are they to do this and how? The only other place in the process that Daniel Meier refers to hot topics, is in step 5, Future Perfect. Here it is suggested that the future perfect is tackled by the interest groups that formed in the Hot Topics step and that they describe the ideal future of their topic (p.68).
It is a little bit more confusing than this. Steve de Shazer in Clues: Investigating Solutions in Brief Therapy (1988. W.W. Norton & Company) makes an important statement when he writes: "When the description of the future includes a continuance of the exception, then we can be more sure we are on the right track. If, however, the response to the miracle sequence are not based on the exceptions, then we know we need to redefine the complaint" (p.6). What would be the benefit of looking for Highlights (Exceptions) with the participants as team and then devide in groups discussing the Future Perfect (Miracle Question) around different Hot Topics? Have I missed somehing?
I would appreciate help with understanding the how? when? where? of Hot Topics in the process of team coaching.