Sharing and building Solution Focused practice in organisations


SF Teambuilding

Dedicated to SF Teambuilding concepts, ideas, formats and suggestions for helping teams and groups achieve their goals the SF way.

Members: 60
Latest Activity: Nov 22, 2018

Discussion Forum

1-2-3: a game&cooperative task for teams btw 6-20 people 1 Reply

Started by Katalin Hankovszky. Last reply by Katalin Hankovszky Sep 23, 2010.

Teambuilding & Teamwork without "understanding" Team Dynamics. 7 Replies

Started by Hans-Peter Korn. Last reply by Hans-Peter Korn Jul 22, 2009.

How do "hot topics" fit with the SolutionCircle process? 2 Replies

Started by Stanus Cloete. Last reply by Stanus Cloete Jan 13, 2009.

Comment Wall

Add a Comment

You need to be a member of SF Teambuilding to add comments!

Comment by Elta Boshard on July 17, 2010 at 7:25
Hi Albert, couple of things come to mind.
Not knowing what you refer to with "action research stage I guess" and what the team would like to see as helpful I can recommend these three resources for you as facilitator:
1 - Chapter 12 in the "THE Solutions Focus"-- JACKSON & McKERGOW
2 - Team Coaching with the SolutionCircle ... Daniel Meier
3 -Facilitating Teams Using Self As Instrument - by Linda Lehtonen - a PDF you can download from my website. ( (Not about SF per se but about facilitation)
Let us know how you're doing.
Comment by Albert Morrison on July 17, 2010 at 4:03
Hi I started my journey ex[ploring the use of the solution focused approach as a therapy in the inpatient mental health setting and have completed this project. Now I have established a group of 10 mental health nurses and we just started our journey learning and supoporting each other...action research stage I guess...any suggestion for this group? would be welcome I have hopes that using such a medern approach in atttempting to discuss and network will result in helpful comments.
Comment by Phil Aspden on May 21, 2009 at 19:37
I like Sues suggestion and I wonder if there is a need to define what 'cross functional' is during your platform building. I would be inclined to ask the client to describe what this might look like at its best - its a term that is used for many different [sometimes unexpected] things
Comment by Sue Lickorish on May 21, 2009 at 18:23
Hi Michael,
How about simply: "Suppose you have become more cross functional as you work together. How do you know?" Then use any variation on writing, drawing, acting, discussing to capture their thoughts.

Or do the documentary thing: A film crew is coming to make a documentary about your team, as you are supremely good at cross functional working. What will they be filming? What stories will they be capturing? Paul Z Jackson has a visual activity of this in the book '57 SF Activities'.

I wonder if these questions might work better as 'discussion topics' rather than 'comments', so we can follow the thread more easily?
Comment by Michael Goran on May 21, 2009 at 15:07
Hello all. I've been a bit quiet lately, sorry about that. I now have a question: I have a session coming up with some Federal Government employees in June...part of the mandate of the day is some...teambuilding. They want to become more cross functional as they work together. What's one SF question you might ask them to work on to help them fulfil this part of the day's agenda?
Comment by Carole Waskett on March 2, 2009 at 16:36
Hi Stanus,
What helpful questions - I might create something early in the day which would help team members talk about them. I'm sure that if they were able to explore exactly this at leisure they will be halfway there!
Thanks so much for taking the trouble to think about this with me -
All the best from a grateful Sahara -
Comment by Stanus Cloete on February 17, 2009 at 13:11
Hi Carole,
Mmmmmm nourishment .....What would be the first sign that they received nourishment? What would their colleagues notice that will tell that they received nourishment? What would their families notice? Who else would notice that something is different? What would they do different when they are nourished? What would be the first small step? etc.

I hope I do not sound flippant. It might be that you have a very clear idea about what it is they want. But the words nourishment and encouragement do not tell me much. Besides what I would understand under these words in no way guarantees that it would fit their frame of reference. If this is carrying sand to the Sahara, please forgive me.
Best wishes.
Comment by Carole Waskett on February 17, 2009 at 8:54
Hello everyone,
Does anyone have any ideas about a teambuilding day offering 'nourishment and encouragement'? I've done 2 previous team days for this particular group of health service professionals, each one very different, but this time they say they are under severe stress, overworking and weary. They are quite specific about wanting the above 'nourishment and encouragement' from the day.

This is a real gift to an SF practitioner and I would love them to get what they want! I have Daniel Meier's book and the 57 activities and lots more. Finding individual activities is not too much of a problem. What I'm thinking about is an overarching pattern or plan for the day so that each activity flows from the previous one and feels right, in its place, rather than 'bitty'.

Any thoughts or ideas for this rather vague request would be most welcome, please?
Best wishes,
Comment by Stanus Cloete on January 31, 2009 at 17:25
Hi Pat,
I experienced it with whispering in the ear, well not really whisper, but softly spoken while the groups were relatively far apart. With 8 people you can set them apart at oposite ends of the room, four in a group.
As far as the love letters are concerned you could ask this small group to write a love letter to every participant.
Best wishes.
Comment by Pat Walker on January 31, 2009 at 15:32
Thanks Stanus. It was good to see your response when I got back holiday. I have the 57 SF book and will look at both of your suggestions. I like the Love Letters idea with each particpant taking away post cards with affirmations, but I'm wondering if there's potential for it to be seen as competitive if some particpants take home more post cards than others (or worse still, no post cards at all!).

Given that there will only be 8 particpants, would you recommend sharing the feedback out loud or having the particpants whisper into their neighbour's ear when using the Resource Telephone technique?

Has anyone else had any experience using either of these methods to energise a group at the end of a workshop?

With best wishes, Pat

Members (60)





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…


Created by Hans-Peter Korn Dec 25, 2009 at 10:25am. Last updated by Mark McKergow Nov 3, 2014.

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…



Created by Mark McKergow Jun 3, 2008 at 4:55pm. Last updated by Jesper H Christiansen Aug 22, 2017.

Open Space at SOLworld conferences

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


Created by Katalin Hankovszky Dec 30, 2015 at 10:18pm. Last updated by Katalin Hankovszky Dec 30, 2015.

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. …


Created by Mark McKergow May 12, 2008 at 4:08pm. Last updated by Mark McKergow Dec 2, 2022.

© 2024   Created by Mark McKergow.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service