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October 2011 Blog Posts (5)

The primary question to ask your clients - and how and when to ask it

If you are ever lucky enough to be handed one of my business cards, as well as my pretty face on it you’ll see a question:  it asks, ‘What do you want?’ 

It does so because this is a central question in any solution-focused (SF) conversation.  As a question it may seem an obvious one to ask in many contexts – it is difficult, for example, to imagine getting very far as an organisational consultant or as a coach without it.  

But in other settings, such as medicine, that’s not…


Added by Paul Z Jackson on October 31, 2011 at 8:46 — No Comments

The evolution of 'SF Theory' - discussion transcript from EBTA Dresden

I was very honoured to be asked by Heike Schemmel to host a discussion group on the 'evolution of SF Theory' at the recent EBTA conference in Dresden, October 2011.  The invited participants alongside me were Gale Miller, Rayya Ghul and Kirsten Dierolf.   Also participating were Michael Durrant, Michael Hjerth, Carey Glass, Jenny Clarke, Bertil Andersson,  Wolfgang Gaiswinkler, Klaus Schenck and Aviva Suskin-Holmqvist.

I have had the session transcribed.  You can read it by clicking…


Added by Mark McKergow on October 20, 2011 at 14:30 — 4 Comments

Coaching with a Solutions Focus Workshop: 14-15 November, UK


COACHING WITH A SOLUTIONS FOCUS with Paul Z Jackson and Janine Waldman


We're looking forward to running our annual open Solutions Focus Coaching Workshop on Monday 14 - Tuesday 15th November in St Albans, UK (near London). 


It’s a workshop in which we teach coaches to:


·         Develop their coaching skills to become even better at coaching

·         Make their 1-1 coaching more direct, pragmatic and…


Added by Janine Waldman on October 12, 2011 at 10:06 — 1 Comment

An SF for CD course in Budapest in November 2011

SF for Cultural Diversity:  21st Century Productivity: Making the most of

multi-cultural virtual teams

Outcomes: 21st century productivity - use SF to achieve full potential in

multi-cultural and virtual teams. Promoted with SoL (Society for

Organizational Learning) Hungary and sfwork

Facilitators: Dr… Continue

Added by Agota Eva Ruzsa on October 9, 2011 at 8:29 — No Comments

EBTA 2011 Philosophy Frame

I was privileged be the moderator for the final morning of this year's EBTA conference, Frames and Beyond, where Ken Gergen and Gale Miller were invited to be key note speakers "Looking from a philosophy perspective".  Here are my notes from their talks.


Ken Gergen – Co-Founder & President of the Board of the Taos Institute       

The Taos Institute is a community of scholars and practitioners working at the intersection of post-constructionist theory and…


Added by Jenny Clarke on October 3, 2011 at 14:03 — 1 Comment

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


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