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Local Radio

 I have managed to get a slot in on Local FM radio to discuss Solution Focus coaching. 

I am going on air on 8th February 2012.

Any tips please?

Added by Owen Charnley on January 31, 2012 at 15:23 — No Comments

Is organisational work different to therapy

Carey Glass, one of the editors of InterAction, posed this question to us all after publication of the article in the latest InterAction bt Christine Kuch and Susanne Burgstaller - Their article is available at…


Added by Jenny Clarke on January 18, 2012 at 16:22 — No Comments

Solution focused conflict management with Fredrike Bannink in Copenhagen

The workshop is coming closer so this is a last chance to decide if you want to combine a visit to wonderful Copenhagen with a wonderful solution focused experience through a two day workshop in SF conflict management 24.-25. of January.


Send me a mail if you are coming from abroad - theres a special deal for non-residents.


More info about the workshop: …


Added by Jesper H Christiansen on January 6, 2012 at 19:00 — No Comments

Registration for the "Kalimera SOL Summer Retreat 2012 Hydra" is now open!

Kalimera dear fellow SF practitioners


We are happy to announce that the registration for the SOL Summer Retreat 2012 on Hydra is now open and early bird fees are available.


You find all details here:


We are all very much looking forward to sharing, taking a break,…


Added by Dominik Godat on December 28, 2011 at 11:59 — No Comments

Impressions from the workshop in Bale in december

I tried to make a summary, if anybody could add, this would be great


Added by Carin Mussmann on December 16, 2011 at 21:59 — 2 Comments

"Give me feedback or I die" - analysing interactions

In a brilliant introduction to his presentation on Microanalysis, Harry Korman told his audience, “Give me feedback or I die.  When I look at you I need you to nod.”

This was not simply amusing self-disclosure, but contained an important truth about interactions.  He described an…


Added by Paul Z Jackson on November 28, 2011 at 15:31 — 1 Comment

When a trainee in SF coaching says he is worse off after the training... and why the trainer is happy to hear that



... So I felt great about our training.

I checked in daily, and I was comforted to see it was not just an impression of mine :)

On the final day, I was happy to see that on a scale from 1 to 10, where 10 was meeting all their learning goals, beyond their wildest expectations, and 1 the opposite of that, they rated themselves to be 8.5 or more (some at 8.5, others at 10) on that scale.

I was…


Added by Paolo Terni on November 7, 2011 at 20:04 — No Comments

Discover Solutions through Dimensions, Time and Cost: DTC Operator

Dimension Time Cost Operator

Dimension Time Cost Operator (DTC) – A TRIZ tool for for seeing problems differently exploring ideas of extremes in size, time and cost. The DTC Operator can work to release…


Added by michael cardus on November 3, 2011 at 14:44 — No Comments

The art of being in between

When I call something complex, what does that mean?

Let us assume that me calling something complex is expressing a point of view. Which point of view is that?
Perhaps this: "in order for me to understand this (or to feel like I am on top of these things) I would need multiple point of views, most likely more than the ones I am aware of now".


Added by Hannes Couvreur on November 2, 2011 at 14:00 — 2 Comments

The primary question to ask your clients - and how and when to ask it

If you are ever lucky enough to be handed one of my business cards, as well as my pretty face on it you’ll see a question:  it asks, ‘What do you want?’ 

It does so because this is a central question in any solution-focused (SF) conversation.  As a question it may seem an obvious one to ask in many contexts – it is difficult, for example, to imagine getting very far as an organisational consultant or as a coach without it.  

But in other settings, such as medicine, that’s not…


Added by Paul Z Jackson on October 31, 2011 at 8:46 — No Comments

The evolution of 'SF Theory' - discussion transcript from EBTA Dresden

I was very honoured to be asked by Heike Schemmel to host a discussion group on the 'evolution of SF Theory' at the recent EBTA conference in Dresden, October 2011.  The invited participants alongside me were Gale Miller, Rayya Ghul and Kirsten Dierolf.   Also participating were Michael Durrant, Michael Hjerth, Carey Glass, Jenny Clarke, Bertil Andersson,  Wolfgang Gaiswinkler, Klaus Schenck and Aviva Suskin-Holmqvist.

I have had the session transcribed.  You can read it by clicking…


Added by Mark McKergow on October 20, 2011 at 14:30 — 4 Comments

Coaching with a Solutions Focus Workshop: 14-15 November, UK


COACHING WITH A SOLUTIONS FOCUS with Paul Z Jackson and Janine Waldman


We're looking forward to running our annual open Solutions Focus Coaching Workshop on Monday 14 - Tuesday 15th November in St Albans, UK (near London). 


It’s a workshop in which we teach coaches to:


·         Develop their coaching skills to become even better at coaching

·         Make their 1-1 coaching more direct, pragmatic and…


Added by Janine Waldman on October 12, 2011 at 10:06 — 1 Comment

An SF for CD course in Budapest in November 2011

SF for Cultural Diversity:  21st Century Productivity: Making the most of

multi-cultural virtual teams

Outcomes: 21st century productivity - use SF to achieve full potential in

multi-cultural and virtual teams. Promoted with SoL (Society for

Organizational Learning) Hungary and sfwork

Facilitators: Dr… Continue

Added by Agota Eva Ruzsa on October 9, 2011 at 8:29 — No Comments

EBTA 2011 Philosophy Frame

I was privileged be the moderator for the final morning of this year's EBTA conference, Frames and Beyond, where Ken Gergen and Gale Miller were invited to be key note speakers "Looking from a philosophy perspective".  Here are my notes from their talks.


Ken Gergen – Co-Founder & President of the Board of the Taos Institute       

The Taos Institute is a community of scholars and practitioners working at the intersection of post-constructionist theory and…


Added by Jenny Clarke on October 3, 2011 at 14:03 — 1 Comment

sf activity group manchester

Further to blog 21 Sep 2011. Is there any sf practitioner out there, who would be willing to assist me to set up a group in Manchester

Added by Owen Charnley on September 22, 2011 at 16:23 — 2 Comments

activity group in manchester, united kingdom

Hi everybody, I am trying to find out if there is an SF coaching / training activity/group in manchester.

Added by Owen Charnley on September 21, 2011 at 14:15 — No Comments

Online SF Business Professional course starts 23 October

Thirteen intrepid coaches, consultants and managers joined me on the first online SF Professional course this summer.  Running online in conjunction with the University of Milwaukee Wisconsin (with its historic links to Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg), the programme featured sixteen weeks of readings, discussions, exercises, coaching practice and a project – just like…


Added by Mark McKergow on September 19, 2011 at 8:32 — No Comments

Using SF for Conflict Resolution - Outcome of SFCT call


Members of the SFCT UK and Ireland group discussed dealing with team conflict in an SF way. We referred to an article on this topic as a stimulus for discussion. Despite the low numbers the call enabled a valuable discussion.

Initial thoughts

The consensus was that, the typical SF approach is itself a very good way to deal with conflict. We (those on the call) thought that it is first important to enable people to air their concerns in a controlled way…


Added by John Brooker on September 8, 2011 at 13:50 — No Comments

Using Small Steps in a different way - Sprint Actions

“Great acts are made up of small deeds” - Lao Tzu, Chinese Philosopher


How do you effect change and maintain the operation…? 


Some of you may be the type of person to pull out a toolkit at first sight of a drawer knob dropping off or other domestic issue. To my discredit, I can always find something more interesting to do and many jobs build up before begrudgingly, I do them.

However, when our bathroom door hinge recently developed a very…


Added by John Brooker on August 31, 2011 at 12:19 — 3 Comments

"You have a filter that..."


You have a filter that makes you see the good in people and so…

The sentence above was said in a simulated Coaching conversation that took place during our recent Solutionsurfers Brief Coach Training.

A student of mine, a seasoned Coach, made that comment as he…


Added by Paolo Terni on August 24, 2011 at 15:55 — 2 Comments

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Jumpstart into Solution Focus

You want to learn more about "Solution Focus"?

You prefer a "step by step" introduction instead to start with reading some
voluminous books?

You would appreciate to have a complete "helicopter view" on SF after the first step…


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Making the most of

If you’ve just arrived at (the SOLWorld ning group), you may be looking at all the features and wondering where to start.  This note might be helpful…



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Open Space at SOLworld conferences

SOLworld Open Space instructions as it was used at the 2011 conference, by Mark McKergow


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SOLWorld Resources

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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