SOLWorld

Sharing and building Solution Focused practice in organisations

Solutions in Organisations Link-up
Sharing & building solutions focused practice in organisations

1st International Conference
8 - 10 February, 2002
Jurys Doyle Hotel, Bristol UK

  • Join the world's first gathering to share the benefits of Solutions Focused concepts in organisations.
  • Hear top practitioners help you to find new ways forward.
  • Pick up tools and techniques during a friendly, relaxed and informal conference in the heart of one of Europe's most exciting cities.
  • Come and share your ideas as you participate in a positive revolution in management and organisational development.
  • The Conference starts at 10am on Friday 8th Feb and closes at 1pm on Sunday 10th Feb
  • The conference programme is now on-line, showing the mix of workshops and other activities. Check it out - which sessions will be top of your list?
  • We already have 80 participants registered - and growing by the day!

Setting the scene

The organisational world provides a fertile context for the successful application of SF ideas. SF practice has its roots in the therapeutic approach devised by Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer at BFTC Milwaukee. The approach values simplicity in philosophy and language and aims to discover "what works" in a given situation. The focus on solutions (not problems), the future (not the past) and on what's going well (rather than what's gone wrong) leads to a positive and pragmatic way to work with people and organisations.

Individuals have been discovering for themselves how to apply Solutions Focused thinking in the workplace. This conference brings them together for the first time to meet likeminded people, to exchange and develop SF ideas in management and organisational settings.

Who should attend?

Anyone who wants to use Solutions Focus at work: managers, consultants, coaches, HR professionals, strategists, change agents...

What will happen?

  • Plenary and discussion sessions
  • Presented workshops
  • Emergent processes
  • Lots of opportunity to meet people informally

Places are limited to ensure ease of access to presenters and to keep things informal as we build a new community of solutions-focused practitioners in organisations.

Mark McKergow & Paul Z Jackson's book "The Solutions Focus" (published by Nicholas Brealey) will be launched at the Conference.

Participants will receive a complimentary copy of The Solutions Focus by Paul Z Jackson and Mark McKergow at the Nicholas Brealey Publications book launch party.


Speakers

Conference Programme

Conference Reflections and image gallery


SOL 2002 Speakers

Speakers

Proposals

Anders Claesson, Agneta Castenberg, Kerstin Måhlberg, Ulf Mårdberg

(Sweden)

FKC Mellansjö

FKC Mellansjö - The Most Solution Focused Organisation in the World?
We will describe how we use SF in our employment procedures, in our daily work supporting participation in decision making and in forming the organisation's goals. How we create a SF mood, encouraging collaboration instead of competition within our organisation

Barry Winbolt

(UK)

Director, Lifeboat Training Ltd

Solution Focused Problem Solving in the Workplace
Workplace problems are often aggravated by the thinking styles used in our attempts to solve them. Interpersonal clashes, different agendas and failure to "buy into" organisational objectives can all be creatively handled using Solution Focused approaches.

Björn Johansson and Eva Persson
with Michael Hjerth

(Sweden)

Solutionfocused Development (Björn & Eva)
FKC ( Michael)

What's better? Keeping It Simple Working With Groups
The Swedish Department of Employment sponsored our Solution Focused occupational rehabilitation project, which focused on long-term sick leave and unemployment. Our workshop includes the method (including group-work), how we put it into practice, what we learned, hands-on exercises and a discussion.

Evan George

(UK)

Co-principal - Brief Therapy Practice -London

Teambuilding - A Solution Focus
Sparkling moments, hard work, fun and games. A Solution Focused approach to teambuilding is forward-looking, resource-oriented and progress-sensitive. Evan George will talk practically about the structure and process of two recent team-building days.

Harry Norman

(UK)

Harry Norman Partnerships

Meetings of Minds for Mutual Mentoring - Solution Focused Reflecting Teams
This is a Solution Focused format for high-quality peer group meetings. Team members generate clear decisions quickly, clearly and creatively with team "buy in". The process itself helps build the team. Great for self-managed teams, transitory teams and team learning.

Louis Cauffman

(Belgium)

Director Korzybski Institute

Solution Focused Coaching - Practical Magic for Coaches
Learn a new language - Solution Talk! This workshop offers you a crash course in hypnotic language that you can use to the benefit of yourself and your clients. Also you will learn the Six Step Dance of Solution Focused Coaching.

Dr Mark McKergow

(UK)

Principal Consultant, Mark McKergow Associates

The Future Perfect - Much more than Goal Setting!
One distinctive aspect of solution focused work is the way in which we engage in defining preferred futures. This interactive workshop will examine ways of doing this in a range of situations, and how this endeavour is very different from goal setting.

Michael Hjerth and Caroline Klinngenstierna

(Sweden)

FKC, Consultant (Michael)
Solutionwork.com (Caroline)

PoUoLoS - A Solution Focused Team and Organisation Building Conference Model
The PULS model was developed as a tightly Solution Focused way to conduct team-and organisation building conferences that is similar to Open-Space. We will show how the PULS model works, and give a few examples from our experiences with the model.

Mike Goran

(Canada)

Chief Creative Coach, CorpJesters

Express Story Solutions - High Performance Teams the Improv Way
Solution focused work and the art of Improvisation are almost mirror images. This lively and energetic session will give participants a greater understanding of specific improv storytelling structures designed to foster rapid team development.

Paul Z Jackson

(UK)

The Solutions Focus

Dramatic Improvements - Using theatre techniques for Solutions Focused positive change
Talking about change can make some difference. Taking action can make a great deal more. Learn about and experience some simple techniques from drama which offer a powerful way of bridging the gap from good intentions to positive change.

Dr Peter Röhrig

(Germany)

Senior Consultant, Mehlem Institut für Qualitätsmanagement

Solution Focused Quality Development
With simple exercises the participants will quickly find their own solutions on the way to outstanding quality. An asking attitude and respecting clients and staff will help managers (and consultants) to share responsibility for quality

Dr. Peter Szabo

(Switzerland)

Weiterbildungsforum Basel
Coach and Trainer of Coaches

Entering the Back Door - Introducing Solutions Talk
How to sneak in solution-focused conversations with teams, organisations and large audiences from the beginning, in a short time and with no explanation necessary (even for inexperienced participants). A simple tool to introduce solution talk to all people present, getting everybody active and jumping into the heart of the matter right away.

Ron Banks

(UK)

Corporation Solutions International (CoSI)

Total performance in Business through Reteaming and Appreciative Inquiry
Teams in organisations make a difference! Especially at the top. This program illustrates ways that ALL teams can utilise to reach their goals. It is experiential in nature and cannot be read up. It needs to be experienced.

Keith Stead

Director, The Rickter Company

www.rickterscale.com

The Rickter ScaleTM - assessing the effectiveness of a solutions-focused approach
The Rickter ScaleTM is a unique instrument for measuring soft outcomes and distance travelled, simultaneously providing a vehicle for solutions-focused change work. This workshop gives participants hands-on experience of the Rickter ScaleTM and the opportunity to consider the scope of its application.

Jennifer Taylor and Jane Mann

(UK)

Solution Focused work in Leadership Development
This session will introduce participants to the applications of Solution Focused techniques to coaching for leaders in organisations. The presenters will give examples of where they have applied the techniques and the sort of results to be obtained for leaders in turbulent organisational settings.

Insa Sparrer

(Germany)

Solution Focused Constellations - Combining Systems Simulations With Solution Focused Interviews

Matthias Varga von Kibéd

(Germany)

University of Munich Institute for Philosophy, Logic and Epistemology
SySt Institute for Systemic Training and Research

Systemic Structural Constellations In A Solution Focused Setting

Dr Hans-Peter Korn

(Switzerland)

Kompetenz Entwicklungs Center Korn
www.korn.ch

Playground for team solutions
How to design and use a "playground" for teams (in business) to co-create solutions in a playful way by communicating with the body in motion, by feeling connections in the space and by making dreams and solutions visible.


Conference Details

Conference Programme

Conference Reflections and image gallery


SOL 2002 Conference Programme

Friday 8 February

10.00

Welcome
Hellos, who's who, what's happening
How will we know it's been a great conference, what will we do to make sure it is

10.30

Entering Solutions Territory
Plenary group process with Peter Szabo

11.10

Break

11.30

What is a Solutions Focus?
Panel-led discussion: What is a Solutions Focus: why is it different and important?
Mark McKergow, Evan George, Dr Peter Röhrig, Jenny Clarke and Peter Szabo

12.30

Trailers
Trailers for pm sessions

12.45

Lunch

1.45

Workshops 1

  • Evan George (UK): Teambuilding - A Solution Focus
  • Louis Cauffman (Belgium): Solution Focused Coaching - Practical Magic for Coaches

3.00

Tea

3.30

Workshops 2

  • Mike Goran (Canada): Express Story Solutions - High Performance Teams the Improv Way
  • Harry Norman (UK): Meetings of Minds for Mutual Mentoring - Solution Focused Reflecting Teams
  • Jennifer Taylor & Jane Mann (UK): Solution Focused work in Leadership Development

4.45

Solutions with organisations and large groups
Panel-led discussion and learning process
Michael Hjerth, Alan Kay, Caroline Klingenstierna

5.45

Break

6.45

Reception and 'The Solutions Focus' book launch

7.45

Conference dinner
included in the event, so all can come and join in
featuring surprise evening entertainment

Saturday 9 February

9.00

Welcome back
Intros...
Trailers for today's workshops

9.10

Drama and Improvisations
Paul Z Jackson, Mike Goran, Matthias Varga, Insa Sparrer, Hans-Peter Korn
Plenary, panel and discussion

10.10

Workshops 3

  • Dr Mark McKergow (UK): The Future Perfect - Much more than Goal Setting!
  • Keith Stead (UK): The Rickter Scale - assessing the effectiveness of a solutions-focused approach
  • Björn Johansson and Eva Persson (Sweden): What's better? Keeping It Simple Working With Groups

11.25

Break

11.45

Workshops 4

  • Dr Peter Szabo (Switzerland): Entering the Back Door - Introducing Solutions Talk
  • Insa Sparrer and Matthias Varga (Germany): Solution Focused Constellations - Combining Systems Simulations With Solution Focused Interviews
  • Michael Hjerth & Caroline Klingensteirna (Sweden): P.U.L.S - A Solution Focused Team and Organisation Building Conference Model

1.00

Lunch
including self-organisation process for the evening

2.00

Workshops 5

  • Anders Claesson, Agneta Castenberg, Kerstin Måhlberg, Ulf Mårdberg (Sweden): FKC Mellansjö - The Most Solution Focused Organisation in the World?
  • Dr Hans-Peter Korn (Switzerland: Playground for Team Solutions
  • Emergent-cy session (by popular demand): repeats, new proposals, discussions

3.15

Tea

3.45

Workshops 6

  • Dr Peter Röhrig (Germany): Solution Focused Quality Development
  • Matthias Varga and Insa Sparrer (Germany): Systemic Structural Constellations In A Solution Focused Setting
  • Barry Winbolt (UK): Solution Focused Problem Solving in the Workplace

5.00

Coaching for Solutions
Panel-led discussion and learning process
Louis Cauffman, Peter Szabo, Keith Stead, Jane Mann

5.45

Close and self-organising evening

Sunday 10 February

9.00

Welcome back
Intros...
Trailers for today's workshops

9.10

Teaming with ideas
Harry Norman, Ron Banks, Anders Claesson, Barry Winbolt, Bjorn Johansson
Plenary, panel and discussion

10.10

Break

10.30

Workshops 7

  • Paul Z Jackson (UK): Dramatic Improvements - Using theatre techniques for Solutions Focused positive change
  • Ron Banks (UK): Total performance in Business through Reteaming and Appreciative Inquiry
  • Emergent-cy session (by popular demand): repeats, new proposals, discussions

11.45

Solutions Community and next stepsPanel-led discussion and action steps for individuals and the community
Alan Kay, Jenny Clarke

12.45

Bristol Solutions Group Hosts Farewell

1.00

Close


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