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PS to my positive pictures expectations ...

For those of you wonderful solutionists who, after the Texellent conference of this year feel a bit nostalgic for former conferences, photosouvenirs of those are still accessible online.
Just replace the year's count in the link for the appropriate year (2003 - 2009).
The "SOLogne" in 2008 for example is accessible via this URL:



Added by Klaus Schenck on May 21, 2009 at 16:15 — No Comments

My positive pictures expectation ...

Dear Solutionists,

a photograph of the SOL steering group, as convened during the Texel conference (and photographed by David Weber), plus a view of the plenary in the De Hof church are now available on this ning side.

More (quite some ...) of my photosouvenirs (including three nice ones I received from Loraine Kennedy) are accessible via this link:…


Added by Klaus Schenck on May 21, 2009 at 16:09 — 1 Comment

Rectification website

Hello everybody,
Unfortunatily I put a wrong website adress on my blog.
The right adress for looking at all the SOL pictures is:
The pictures will be posted next week.

Added by Hennie Beelen on May 20, 2009 at 22:37 — No Comments

Pictures SOL2009TEXEL

Hello everybody,

I invite everybody to come and have look at the pictures from Texel. It is a part of all the pictures I took.
The rest will be posted on our website,

Added by Hennie Beelen on May 20, 2009 at 22:32 — No Comments

Pictures from Texel for everybody

Hi everybody! I loaded my pictures from the SOL conference of Texel so come and have a look and enjoy what you see!
greets Stephanie

Added by Stephanie von Bidder on May 19, 2009 at 22:06 — 2 Comments

Texel goodie 2: Plenary Jaap Peters

can you please create with me the youtubevideo which inspires us to take more selfinitiative?

i was inspired by the idea of how to create an organisation, where structure supports and not disturbs selfresponsibility

Added by Katalin Hankovszky on May 15, 2009 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

Texel goodie

Workshop: Guerilla Goodness. Hit and run to change the world

Presenter: Lisa Boelaert & Herwig Deconinck

Place and time: Proeflokaal, friday 15 may 2009 at 11:45

maybe it's a good way of creating change in complex systems to do a specific act of "goodness" and hope for uncountable but useful impact. And if so: hit and trust (as Jenny inspired the change of wording from hit and run: not less intens and dynamic, i would say!)

compearble to me with the SF… Continue

Added by Katalin Hankovszky on May 15, 2009 at 17:52 — 2 Comments

R&D goes SF...

It sounds like a title of a new videoclip. But in real life it is a challenging new task that I took on board.

Since Hoogendoorn is the world leader on innovation in the Greenhouse IT business we have a serious (in numbers and mentality...) R&D team. Yearly we spend some 15% of our turnover on R&D, comparable with some of the major pharmaceutical companies. The R&D manager deliberately reports direct to me and not to the commercial manager since it is my opinion that… Continue

Added by Martin van Gogh on May 11, 2009 at 9:00 — 2 Comments

Latest news on the strange story of Phage

You may remember the section in The Solutions Focus book about the strange story of phage - the virus that eats bacteria. An evolving alternative to antibiotics, phage evolve along with bacteria and so offer a possible way to deal with bacteria which develop resistance to antibiotics. The parallel is with 'every case is different' (phage) vs 'every case is the same' (antibiotics).

I thought you might be interested to know that the development of phage treatments is continuing, with… Continue

Added by Mark McKergow on May 10, 2009 at 8:54 — No Comments

Hans-Peter Korn has sent you a message on SOLWorld. Hi Jon Thank you for joining this group! It is great that now we have a person from the positive deviance community in this group! Until now some …

Hans-Peter Korn has sent you a message on SOLWorld.

Hi Jon

Thank you for joining this group! It is great that now we have a person from the positive deviance community in this group!

Until now some of us (e.g. Mark McKergow ) tried to establish a closer contact to this community - and it seems, that there is no very remarkable motivation for such a contact to SF within this community....

Maybe you can post a blog in this telling more about your… Continue

Added by Jon Carroll Lloyd on May 9, 2009 at 12:13 — No Comments

How to manage OPPORTUNITIES using Risk Management

Working as a project manager (or as a coach for project managers) I always feel very uncomfortable how risk management is done:

Finding out how big the uncertainness of results, quality and costs is, digging for all factors which could harm the project, looking in depth for all sorts of impediments and calculating their probability multiplicated by their impact in € or $ ...

Then defining and planning actions to avoid, reduce or transfer those risks ...

And then, during the… Continue

Added by Hans-Peter Korn on April 22, 2009 at 19:13 — No Comments

Edgar Schein: "SF as a simpicistic reduction of complexity"

Just now I received an announcement for a workshop given by Prof. Edgar Schein ( with the title: "Leadership and Transformation - Leadership in tough times", see

There I can read:

"Sie (= Coaches) setzen Beratung nicht als verkürzte «Quick… Continue

Added by Hans-Peter Korn on April 22, 2009 at 13:58 — 3 Comments

"implicit" SF found in a "Software development box"

Just now I found a nice piece here:

It is called: "Project Retrospectives: A kinder, gentler, more productive way to learn from past mistakes"

And it contains this part:

The “Mining for Gold” Exercise:

* What worked well that we don’t want to forget

This list is for those things that most agree worked well… Continue

Added by Hans-Peter Korn on April 20, 2009 at 13:12 — No Comments

Who knows better?

For a specific work assignment, I am brushing up on my NLP skills; more specifically, I'm reviewing my teaching materials on conversational hypnosis and persuasion strategies, as per a specific request by the client who hired me.

I am struck yet again by how traditional approaches differ from Solution-Focused ones.

Let's take negotiation skills: a topic that I teach in workshops and in which many clients want to be coached.

The NLP skills used in negotiation… Continue

Added by Paolo Terni on April 5, 2009 at 11:30 — 5 Comments

Some important convergences towards Simplicity and Agility in Management

Some days ago I pointed in the Solutions-List to this video:

showing Mike Cohn reflecting upon the transitioning process towards an agile organization and how to deal with the complexity of such processes.

And today I become informed about very recent news about an upcoming "deal" between the "Project Management Institute" (PMI… Continue

Added by Hans-Peter Korn on April 1, 2009 at 22:40 — No Comments

Solution-Focused approaches & the Positive Deviance Process

In a recent posting I talked about an intervention for reducing hospital infections.

I noted how that intervention had all the ingredients of a Solution-Focused approach, and that the authors called that approach "Positive Deviance".

Some of my friends, in the comments, mentioned that "Positive Deviance" is a school of thought of its own.

That is… Continue

Added by Paolo Terni on March 7, 2009 at 13:04 — 3 Comments

A good initiative

A good initiative about being positive and focusing on psoitive things in life which ir really needed in today's world.

Added by infs on March 7, 2009 at 5:29 — No Comments

Change We Can Believe In - a case study of a brief coaching session

I learn a lot from my clients.

After a session, I review my notes; I think of the path taken and of the many paths not taken; I think about what I said, and I think about what the client said; and new insights, new perspectives emerge.

These reflections are very useful to improve my game.

Sometimes, they offer very interesting insights into how the mind works, how change happens, how people think.

A recent coaching session with a new client led me to musings about… Continue

Added by Paolo Terni on March 1, 2009 at 14:58 — 2 Comments

SF Self Evaluation for Blended Learning

In Nov. '08 I was invited as a keynote-speaker at the "moodle konferenz 2008" in Zug, Switzerland for the topic: "Solution Focused Evaluations for Learning Processes". You may find the handout (in German) ==> HERE

"moodle", by the way, is one of the most popular environments for "blended learning" used in 204 countries by 1,860,009… Continue

Added by Hans-Peter Korn on February 9, 2009 at 11:30 — 6 Comments

IT WORKED: "Teambuilding" for agile Teams

Today I held the "breakfast-workshop" in Zürich about Teambuilding for agile Teams: About the courage, NOT do understand Team Dynamics, as I announced it in this ==> blog (pls follow the link to see a bit more about it)

The workshop, organised by the Swiss-ICT working group "Lean, Agile & Scrum" was sold out: About 25 persons attended physically, about… Continue

Added by Hans-Peter Korn on February 4, 2009 at 21:30 — 4 Comments

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Welcome to the SOLWorld Resources section.  This part of the site features information about the SOLWorld network, our past events and materials from our previous website.  It will take some time to update all the information, so thanks for your patience. 

Information in this part of the site is 'read-only'.  If you want to start discussions, please go to the Forum or Groups. …


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