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Paolo Terni
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Where are you based? (City & Country)
Sacramento & San Francisco Bay Area, California; Milan, Italy
In which role(s) do you use SF ideas and tools? (You can pick more than one)
Coach, Trainer
What is your website (if any)?
What is your connection to Solution Focused Work (based on Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer at BFTC Milwaukee and others)?
Dr. Paolo Terni is a Professionally Certified Coach with the ICF (International Coach Federation) and the author of the book “Coaching Leader: how to transform individual talent into business results” (Guerini Editore, 2007, Milano, Italy). He has also written many papers on the impact of current psychological research on consulting and coaching practices – his writings have been published in the book Doing Something Different: Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Practices (Edited by Thorana Nelson, 2010, Routledge, NY), in Inter-Action: the Journal of Solution-Focus in Organizations, and other Journals. Dr. Terni has trained extensively in the US (Coach U, NLP Master Practitioner @ University of California at Santa Cruz with Robert Dilts) and is bi-lingual (English and Italian). Dr. Terni is an expert in Solution-Focused Coaching (certified by Solutionsurfers, Basel, Switzerland), in Evidence-Based practices related to coaching & well-being, and in Stress Management techniques. Dr. Terni frequently leads Assessment Centers for developing managers’ strengths and he is qualified to use a wide variety of assessment tools, all development-oriented (such as MRG’s LEA). Dr. Terni has worked for Festo CTE, Right Management Consultants, Learningedge, Armonia and other consulting firms in Change Management, OD and People Development programs; the following corporations have been among the clients: Sanpellegrino, HP, Microsoft, Trenitalia, ZF, Molmed, Crif, Bayer, Burgo. Dr. Terni holds a degree in philosophy, with a Master’s in Work Psychology. Dr. Terni is very active in the international Solution-Focused community (SOL). As a member of Solutionsurfers Faculty he delivers the PURE Brief-Coaching Training in San Francisco, CA. Paolo Terni Briefcoachingsolutions is based in Sacramento, CA and operates in North America (US & Canada) and Europe (Italy & Switzerland).

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Little e-book about solution-focus

How can you make Solution-Focus as easy to understand as possible?

By using children stories!

I gave it a try, and now my little book of solution-focused-inspired children stories is available on Amazon as an e-book.

For educators, practitioners and change agents.

Posted on August 27, 2015 at 1:07

Can focusing on progress undo the progress?

Professor Ayelet Fischback and Professor Ravi Dhar discovered one paradoxical effect of focusing on progress: “goal liberation“.

Here is how it works: happy with the progress made toward a long-term goal, the brain turns…


Posted on May 22, 2013 at 16:10

Love 2.0 and the interactional view

In her latest book, Love 2.0, the renowned Positive Psychology author Barbara Fredricksonintroduced an interactional view of love.

According to the latest research she presents in her book, love is not so much a noun but rather a verb. It is something that emerges in micro-moments of interactions between…


Posted on April 24, 2013 at 16:18

Mr Bear Wants to Be Loved and other SF-inspired stories, for children & their parents

My latest SF book, "Mr. Bear Wants to Be Loved: And Other Stories to Make Change Easier, for Children & their Parents" is now out and available for purchase on Amazon.

This book was born as a challenge: how to introduce Solution-Focus in terms so simple that even a

6-year-old would understand.

True to its objective, it…


Posted on December 3, 2012 at 18:09 — 1 Comment

Is Solution-Focus becoming mainstream?

Rockefeller Plaza, NYC, March the 27th

I am very grateful to Peter Szabo for inviting me to co-facilitate the Executive Coaching Conference …


Posted on May 1, 2012 at 16:47 — 1 Comment

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At 21:57 on March 30, 2011, George Agafitei said…

Many thanks, Paolo, I will take a look closely who is delivering the program.


Re; study case Nestele waters factory

may I have your email address to tell you more about a leadership development program in a factory here in Romania and to he your view, please?

thank you

At 5:59 on March 30, 2011, George Agafitei said…
Hi Paolo, it is about your book; the other one I have already bought:-)) As it is in Italian, i still need time to learn your beautiful language. By the way, I might taste Nardone Coaching strategic program. What do you know about Arrezzo school (sopposing you know about them)? many thanks
At 2:25 on March 25, 2011, George Agafitei said…

Hi Paolo, what shall i do to read your book? Where can I find it?


many thnxs

At 3:51pm on November 28, 2010, Elta Boshard gave Paolo Terni a gift
At 23:17 on September 29, 2010, Olympia Mitsopoulou said…
Hope you are having a super holiday, best O.
At 5:36 on September 8, 2010, Svea van der Hoorn said…
Hi Paolo
Hope all well.
Hope that the Module 3 went well.
How are the travel plans developing?
best wishes, svea
At 16:02 on May 28, 2010, Bärbel Fink said…
Hi Paolo, sorry I didn't react earlier - I only just saw it!'
Hope you're well,
PS What a beautiful picture of the Redwoods...
At 23:52 on May 18, 2009, Sue Lickorish said…
Ciao Paolo! Good to connect in Texel. Un grande abbraccio, Sue
At 18:32 on February 18, 2009, Meri Walker said…
Thanks for connecting, Paolo. Things are still a little upside down for me here but I hope to participate regularly soon. Looking forward to learning with and from you...
At 20:34 on January 30, 2009, Gesa Niggemann said…
Hi Paolo,
just read that you won´t join the SOL 09 conference because of the magic of traveling to that island in the north sea. Would it change your situation if I offered you a seat in my car? I drive on the 13th/14th May from Germany and drive past Cologne/ the Netherlands and could pick you up anywhere! You´d spare one train... Best wishes (unknown) Gesa




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