The adjective Solution Focused is not always very useful. Everyone wants to work in a ‘solution focused’ way – after all, who wouldn’t? However the term ‘solution’ is used in SF in a different way to everyday conversation: we use it to mean ‘what’s wanted’, whereas in normal usage it is used for ‘what to do’. So, SF coaching, for example, is built around what the client wants, as opposed to problem focused approaches which focus on identifying and fixing what’s wrong. SF usually ends up with… Continue
Added by Mark McKergow on June 17, 2008 at 19:14 —
Go to the micro tools group
and join to get the pdf's
Added by Michael Hjerth on June 9, 2008 at 16:53 —
I've just started two groups on our ning. One on SF, Brain, and science, and one on Micro-tools and the plus model. Go check them out, and join if you like. I've also added some video. One is a some thought on SF in response to questions from the organizers of an SF conference in 2006 (EBTA Krakow). The other is a absolutely fantastic video with V.S. Ramachandran on the most weird brain phenomena imaginable. If this doesn't make you intersted in neuroscience, nothing will. The Ramachandran… Continue
Added by Michael Hjerth on June 7, 2008 at 23:09 —
Harry Korman (who runs the SFT-L SF therapy listserv) and I have been working on a paper for a while. We think it's now ready for an initial discussion in the SF community, prior to a second version for external publication. We'd be very interested in your comments.
You can read the paper at www.sfwork.com/jsp/index.jsp?lnk=6d8
or download a pdf from Harry's website by… Continue
Added by Mark McKergow on June 3, 2008 at 16:18 —
Multi-culturalism is a word I do not like, and it rates just above "plague" in my own dictionary.
That is because I do not believe in the relativistic nature of that approach, which caused more harm than good: it left us in Europe with increasing levels of anomie, and that is bad according to positive psychology and to my own experience.
Not having a theoretical framework, though, that means i am more curious about cultural differences!
One thing I noticed just by reading… Continue
Added by Paolo Terni on May 31, 2008 at 21:22 —
Isn't life funny? It presents us with endless opportunities to engage with it in rich and learning-ful ways.
My amazing Mum is one of the strongest, most resilient people I know. She has experienced enormous challenges (and more than her fair share of personal tragedy), and continues to deal with whatever presents itself in her life with courage, pragmatism and dignity. Through our experiences and numerous bereavements, our whole family has developed a strong, philosophical… Continue
Added by Sue Lickorish on May 23, 2008 at 23:06 —
Team building (or teambuilding, if you like). I have heard so many options presented, I don't know what it really means anymore. It's a golf day. Or a dinner out for the team. Or a movie. Or an art workshop. Or an improv workshop. Or a high ropes course. Or whitewater canoeing. See, it's so many things, has it become a meaningless concept, watered down by too many interpretations, or is it all these things, each as valid as the next? Honestly, I'm confused.
Added by Michael Goran on May 22, 2008 at 14:52 —
Some might think that a dogs world is far away from my life as a solution-focused trainer and consultant, especially the dog himself. But as a first time dog owner I'm strucked by the quality training he gives me. He, Pulver (powder in english), let´s me work hard and reminds me on a daily basis that a solution focus has unlimited potential (well almost anyway). So what´s important for the trainer pulver/powder?
* Let me know when I do great!
* Don´t mind when I don't
Added by Magnus Ström on May 21, 2008 at 9:38 —
This one I can thank Wolfgang Regele for, back to 2006 he had a question on the list on "how to show managers, that too early presuppositions can narrow the ideas for solutions". this was the moment that I linked this small cartoon with our topic...
Added by Katalin Hankovszky on May 21, 2008 at 9:30 —
My client was another coach / consultant, familiar with the SF process.
Very strong and interesting personality.
A tough cookie.
I decided to co-create the process with her, so I engaged her expertise.
We started off alright...
until all of a sudden she gave me this feedback: "leave me more space; you are not leaving me enough space to think about the answers to your questions".
I was taken aback by the directness of the feedback.
I took it in good stride,… Continue
Added by Paolo Terni on May 17, 2008 at 12:30 —
I've just been introduced to this Japenese term through reading articles on Neuroplasicity and change, very appropriate I believe.
More on wikipedia
Added by Carl Plant on May 16, 2008 at 15:25 —
I'm currently involved in a range of projects whereby I've found using an SF approach fits perfectly. One of these projects is setting up the UK SF practice map
I am due to train police custody officers in how to deal with people experiencing mental Distress and I have developed a Solution Focused Approach to....training session. I am also working… Continue
Added by Carl Plant on May 16, 2008 at 15:20 —
I was sent this very nice quote by Kamila Novokova a few weeks ago. I think it sums up quite a lot about SF practice, and also how to act not-knowingly and still to act. It comes from the part where Treebeard, an ent (tree-shepherd), is carrying Merry and Pippin. They are very unsure about what's going on, having never seen an ent before...
Merry: "Would you think it rude, if we asked what you are going to do with us, and which side you are on?"
Treebeard: "'I am not going… Continue
Added by Mark McKergow on May 16, 2008 at 14:03 —