Sharing and building Solution Focused practice in organisations

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Staying On The Surface

Notes from a discussion led by Paul Z Jackson and Joost van Iersel, at SOL Summer Retreat, Fontana Passug August 2012

We say that good Solution Focus practitioners 'stay on the surface'. And we treat this as a good thing. What do we mean by staying on the surface?

If we read we Bateson and Dilts (to pick but two), we get tempted to talk about ‘identity’ and other mentalistic, psychological…


Added by Paul Z Jackson on August 18, 2011 at 22:49 — 7 Comments

Swarm intelligence in action

One of my coachees was struggling with a complex problem. A new team member is going to be introduced in two weeks time and an old one took another job. As the new team member needed to be seated close to his newly assigned mentor, this meant that the whole team (they are working in one big room) had to change desks. He was puzzled about how he could make everybody happy. He knew that some of them had preferences: some wanted to be seated close to the desk because they liked the direct…


Added by Anton Stellamans on July 14, 2011 at 15:17 — 1 Comment

When Ghosts Brings Treasures

A photoprotocol of the exploratory workshop at SOLWorld conference 2011, Balatonfüred, Hungary.


“Joint insights and reflections on the concept of resistance and ideas on how to approach this.

How do we benefit from a Solution Focused approach in a world where resistances seems to be ghosts “popping up” without obvious meaning for a helpful process?

How do we discover these ghosts and…


Added by Jesper H Christiansen on June 27, 2011 at 18:00 — No Comments

Constructive Rant Platform Building for those who did not attend my session in SOL World 2011

When you hold a meeting it can be important to let people discuss their work problems and frustrations. However, if a lot of people state their concerns to the whole group it can consume time and create a negative mood in the meeting.

How can you effectively let people vent their frustrations and create a positive mood in the meeting, quickly? Here is a technique I have adapted from one called “Moan, Moan, Moan”. I call it the “Constructive Rant. “

I use it a great deal when I…


Added by John Brooker on May 29, 2011 at 8:44 — 2 Comments

SOLWorld conference 2011 Hungary - personal reflections

This year saw the TENTH international SOLWorld conference!  It’s all come a long way from the initial plans of a few people (including me) in the Hatchet pub, Bristol in 2000 to hold a meeting for anyone interested in applying Solution Focused ideas to organisational work.

This year we were beside Lake Balaton, Hungary in the delightful setting of the Grand Hotel Anna.  Over 120 people from 23 countries gathered to share and build SF practice in organisations, including people from…


Added by Mark McKergow on May 26, 2011 at 12:17 — No Comments

Solution Focusd Application of TeamBuilding & Leadership Lessons

We all operate with different mental models and necessities of learning + training. When facilitating team building & leadership processes with individuals and teams a challenge is trying to determine what each person needs in order to feel our time together is used…


Added by michael cardus on May 20, 2011 at 17:09 — No Comments

Clients are the Experts


Here is a short story that very well illustrates why I love Solution-Focus Coaching and its magic in bringing out clients’ expertise.

My Coaching Client is the Administration Manager for a small but fast-growing company, and we are having a Coaching session over Skype.

Topic of the session: he wants his co-workers to be “more motivated“.

I know that the concept of “motivation” is a tricky one.

Personally I am very…


Added by Paolo Terni on April 7, 2011 at 16:47 — No Comments

Mark interviewed by Cheryl Esposito, Leading Conversations Radio

Leading Conversations Radio features weekly conversations with leadership thinkers, writers and developers.  The show is introduced by Cheryl Esposito and has hosted many top people - Peter Senge appears in a couple of weeks time.  But before that. you can hear me! 


This three part interview covers many topics including Solutions Focus, the implications of… Continue

Added by Mark McKergow on April 2, 2011 at 10:19 — No Comments

A High-Performing Factory via Solution-Focused Coaching: A Case Study

A High-Performing Factory via Solution-Focused Coaching: A Case Study

24 March 2011 in Books/Articles reviewMusings Write by Paolo Terni …


Added by Paolo Terni on March 28, 2011 at 16:51 — No Comments

Plan:Do:Check:Act. Examining Process Improvement in Solutions Focused

team building and leadership expert michael cardus

Plan:Do:Check:Act model originally credited to Shewhart 


Processing Team-Building Activities:

When facilitating a team through a challenge taking breaks to evaluate what is happening during the action and…


Added by michael cardus on March 16, 2011 at 1:53 — 1 Comment

SF for multicultural virtual teams – 5-6 May 2011, Budapest

We have an exciting new venture starting later this year.  sfwork, in partnership with leading London-based cross-cultural specialists Coghill Beery, will be offering a new workshop – Solutions Focus for Cultural Diversity.  The event is promoted by the Society for Organisational Learning Hungary, and we hope to attract participants from across Europe to Budapest for the workshop… Continue

Added by Mark McKergow on March 15, 2011 at 11:14 — 2 Comments

Solutions Focused To Achieve Mastery...My Journey And Struggle

After attending "Developing High Performance Teams using Solutions Focus" facilitated by Haesun Moon.

My learning style is disruptive, and when I’m thinking (especially in a training / classroom setting) I shift, sigh, groan, speak out, and… Continue

Added by michael cardus on March 5, 2011 at 2:39 — 1 Comment

From the other Alan Kay

From the other Alan Kay, the scientist (invent the future), Making things simple . A way to make solutions happen

Added by Alan Kay on February 27, 2011 at 12:22 — No Comments

SOLWorld Toronto

September 23 - 25 September, 2011
Hart House, University of Toronto , Toronto, ON
Website, programme and RFP coming soon
Facebook page
North America's second SOLWorld conference.

Added by Alan Kay on February 15, 2011 at 0:57 — 2 Comments

The differential effects of solution-focused and problem-focused coaching questions: a pilot study with implications for practice

Hi Hans-Peter,

Good to hear from you. Thanks for your interest in my work. My brief response is below:



Added by Anthony M Grant on January 4, 2011 at 14:09 — 2 Comments

Solution-focused vs. problem-focused coaching questions

This being the Holiday Season, I would like to share with you a great gift that Anthony M. Grant and Sean…


Added by Paolo Terni on December 29, 2010 at 17:47 — 8 Comments

“Visitor”, “Complainant”, “Customer” revisited by Phillip B. Ziegler – review

People are hard if not impossible to change. Relationships are almost as hard to change. Conversations, on the other hand, are relatively easy to change, especially if one is aware of the roles each participant is taking and is skillful at inviting changes in those roles” – Phillip B. Ziegler

In a short paper which appears in…


Added by Paolo Terni on December 15, 2010 at 16:30 — No Comments

Coaching Plain & Simple - a book review

Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the author of “The Little Prince”, once wrote: Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.…


Added by Paolo Terni on December 7, 2010 at 17:14 — No Comments

Give Ideas P.R.O.Ps...A 4 Step Process for New Idea Creation

When exploring new ideas it is important to;

  1. Have a process that is known
  2. Start with positives + pluses to allow the idea a chance of survival.
  3. Give ideas there P.R.O.PS

Pluses, Positives

  • Start with what is good about the idea, finding the good stuff…


  • Building…

Added by michael cardus on December 7, 2010 at 12:54 — No 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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