Sharing and building Solution Focused practice in organisations

June 2008 Blog Posts (5)

SF & cognitive "biases"

Sometimes I think SF practice means skillfully navigating and using human biases and quirks.

Take, for example, the "anchoring bias".

if, in a questionnaire, I use the questions "how happy are you?" and "how often do you date?" in that order, the correlation of the answers to those questions is very small (0.1 or something like that).

But if I reverse the order of the questions, i.e. if I ask first "how often do you date?" and then "how happy are you?" the answers to the two… Continue

Added by Paolo Terni on June 27, 2008 at 16:39 — 3 Comments

Explanation focused or progress focused?

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 — 6 Comments

Micro tools presentation and pdf's now online

Go to the micro tools group and join to get the pdf's



Added by Michael Hjerth on June 9, 2008 at 16:53 — 1 Comment

New groups and some video

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 — 1 Comment

Inbetween, not inside or outside - the radical simplicity of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

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 or download a pdf from Harry's website by… Continue

Added by Mark McKergow on June 3, 2008 at 16:18 — 12 Comments

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You prefer a "step by step" introduction instead to start with reading some
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You would appreciate to have a complete "helicopter view" on SF after the first step…


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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. 

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