Sharing and building Solution Focused practice in organisations

The Solution Focus applications movement – beyond the theory:

Solutions focus (SF) has been around for 30 years, possibly longer. First, in the world of family therapy and more recently in
organizations. Deeply researched it is an approach to help people find ways to
move beyond things they believe are preventing them from making progress, i.e.,
when they are stuck. One of the unique aspects of SF is that the client is in
charge of the change – the changes they want to make.

There is a great body of knowledge about how SF works both in theory and in practice.
The SF therapists are especially strong in their research, constantly finding
new ways to make their understanding of why SF works and, particularly how to
make its applications work even better.

A contrast lies in the example of an increasingly popular psychotherapy model, Positive Psychology (PS). It enjoys a vast body of
research on how it works, but less so in the applications sense. Interestingly,
Tony Hsieh of
fame used the PS body of research to rationalize and operationalize the
emotional intelligence he had developed called Delivering Happiness. But more
of that in a forthcoming blog.

People who use SF in organizational work are now developing more definitive applications. Clients find the basic theory of SF interesting,
at least intriguing. Yet they sometimes have trouble conceptualizing how to use

There is an emerging body of SF applications. Here are some of the applications I have been using for some time with great success among a

wide range of client organization types, namely:

· SSF strategic planning

SF customer experience implementation

SF stakeholder consultation

SF team efficiency planning

and so on...

The point is that when presented in this fashion to organizations the client sees something they can buy and is therefore willing to risk trying something new.

Paul Z Jackson captured some of the SOL Summer Retreat discussion on this topic.

What are some of the SF applications you use, or would be willing to buy?

Views: 64

Add a Comment

You need to be a member of SOLWorld to add comments!

Join SOLWorld




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