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This website accompanies you in your discovery of SF by offering you an overview of SF events worldwide, access to the SF Clues, to the InterAction Collection, and much more. Enjoy staying curious.

Upcoming Events

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SF Creative Silence Workshop

Inspired by stories of people getting together silently to read, write and think while learning, Anton Stellamans (Belgium) and Jonas Wells (Sweden) are offering spaces for engaging with the most important resource available to us – you and your resources.

SFiO Deutschsprachiges Chapter

Praktiker-Erfahrungsaustausch am 16.9.23. Nach 3 Jahren online treffen wir uns endlich wieder zum persönlichen Austausch in Köln!

The elegant art of noticing

On 25 October at 18:00 CET. Wim first presented this session at SOLWorld Vienna. The SFiO InterAction editors received so many positive reviews about this session we asked Wim to repeat it online. In this session you will learn to train your ‘noticing muscle’ to become even more skillful and resourceful in it. We’ll have dialogues, share stories, and explore a world of possibilities … just by noticing.

Featured InterAction Pieces

20 years of SOLWorld!

What does SOLWorld stand for? On the SOLWorld website we can read: SOLWorld stands for Solutions in Organisations Link-up. The strap line is “Sharing and Building Solutions Focused practice in organisations”. For us, sharing is the key word. The originators of the approach, Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg, have not trade marked their work. Indeed, the SF approach itself is based on collaboration. It is important to us that SOLWorld retains this generosity of spirit and the collaborative ethos.

Leading in the very Moment

Annie Bordeleau Introduced by Carey Glass The paradigm of leadership is shifting. We begin to understand better how to lead in complexity rather than force linearity. What does it mean to sense and adapt to change rather than drive change? Here, Annie Bordeleau shares three Solution Focus listening experiments to train that difference. Annie has the capacity to stop you in your tracks. Charismatic, gentle, personable, and thoughtful, she projects magnificently on screen.

SF Parenting

Ayse Adil & Joe Lettieri Introduced by Jenny Clarke Who better to bear witness to the value of SF than the client? In this video, we hear a powerful testimony from four clients of Family Based Solutions (FBS), an organisation based in Enfield, London, who works collaboratively with families using the solution focused approach. They share what their journey with FBS has meant to them, their families, and their wider communities.

Introduction to Solution Focus Coaching for Agile Teams

Veronika Jungwirth and Ralph Miarka Introduced by John Brooker In this edited recording of an SFiO Global Chapter meeting, Veronika Jungwirth and Ralph Miarka summarise the topic of Solution Focus Coaching for Agile Teams, with many valuable tips on using SF to coach teams that wish to adopt agile practices. Role modelling SF from the very beginning, Veronika and Ralph relate how they came to write their book after much experience of coaching teams, mainly in IT, to adopt agile ways of working.

Time for Youth

Will Reed & Katalin Hankovszky SFiO - Solution Focus in Organisations · Time for Youth - A Solution Focus Conversation with Will Reed Introduced by liselotte-baeijaert In this podcast, we hear Will Reed, a 19-year-old solution-focused practitioner, in conversation with Katalin (Kati) Hankovszky. Will is an active and bright young man who talks with a lot of fire and enthusiasm about the relevance and need of Solution Focused skills for young people.

Using the Solution Focus Strategy Canvas

Rod Sherwin Introduced by John Brooker Adie Shariff and Alison Abington published a case study about the Solution Focused Strategy Canvassing in 2010 in InterAction. You can find the original article here: https://sfwork.com/resources/interaction/s6-Vol2-1-6.pdf The paper describes the use of SF strategy canvassing as “a way to support managers to develop and implement a strategy in practical and pragmatic ways, so to align people at all levels in the organisation in a collective effort…”.

The SF Art Gallery

Mark McKergow,Chris Iveson & Susanne Burgstaller In a VUCA world, organisations are challenged to significantly increase their pace of change. To bring about profound transformations in organisations, leaders and coaches need to apply state-of-the-art “social technologies”. Solution Focus provides such an effective “social technology”. Leaders and coaches must apply state-of-the-art “social technologies” to effect profound organisational transformations. Solution Focus (SF)provides such an effective “social technology”. What do solution focused change coaches and leaders need to do to reap these benefits and trigger a profound transformation?

Clarifying Complexity With Cynefin

Chris Corrigan, Klaus Schenck Introduced by Klaus Schenck Left unattended, order decays by itself (states the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics). On the other hand, in nature and organisations, life reverses that decay, creates “order from noise”, and “surfs on the edge of chaos”. The “Cynefin” framework, which Chris Corrigan introduces in this webinar, adds three more options or “domains”, beyond order and chaos, to its map of the world.

The Mindsetter

Gesa Döringer Come and play! The Mindsetter Game© is an innovative solution-focused intervention Gesa Doringer has developed to apply the SF approach in therapy or coaching and teach it in workshops and training. Due to its size of 2x2m and being played on the floor, The Mindsetter literally holds space for clients and their desired future. It has also proven effective in setting the stage for new ideas and first steps towards the client’s desired outcome.

Coaching A-Z

Haesun Moon & Annette Gray& Julia Mines SFiO - Solution Focus in Organisations · Haesun Moon on Coaching A - Z SFiO Chapter with the Author Introduced by Julia Mines My copy of Haesun Moon’s new book is waterlogged (from soaks in the tub); scribbled in (with notes, stars, and exclamation points); and now, it also has dog-eared pages (the ones I’d like to come back to soon).

Perspectives on SF in social and political dynamics

Sofie Geisler and Anton Stellamans SFiO - Solution Focus in Organisations · Perspectives on Justice - A Solution Focus Conversation With Sofie Geisler Introduced by Marika Tammeaid In this captivating fifty-minute audio conversation, Anton Stellamans interviews Sofie Geisler about her work with large scale processes and political and social movements in Mexico. Sofie describes very well what is different when practitioners take Solution Focus into the political and social change field and such a controversial theme as justice; justice as it is officially distributed and also what people think justice is.

“Three beautiful SF conversations”

Alex Steele on the piano and Dom on the saxophone take us through an entrancing journey. A journey where you can truly stretch your SF beliefs as never before, as they work with what is there and fully accept the offerings of others to move forward.

How can SF shape self-organisation?

Tomas Horak, Christophe Bourgon Introduced by John Brooker On reading ‘Reinventing Organisations’, by Frederik Laloux, (available on Amazon), it struck me how ‘reinvented’ organisations could use Solution Focus to help achieve each breakthrough that Laloux describes: Self-management (or ‘self-organisation’ in this session) Wholeness Evolutionary purpose By coincidence, after I read the book, Tomas Horak contacted myself and my colleague Annie Bordeleau to ask how SFiO might enable an experiment on establishing self-organising teams.

Applying a solution-focused approach in counselling

Sirkkaliisa Heimonen & John Brooker Introduced by John Brooker Lessons for Organisations Practitioners use Solution Focus in different disciplines, including (but not limited to therapy, counselling, individual coaching, team coaching, organisational and supra organisational development. This article serves as a reminder that these disciplines often overlap and that it is important to keep cross-pollinating knowledge between them. Sirkkaliisa Heimonen and her colleagues have been researching the impact on individuals with mild cognitive impairment and early-onset dementia while at work.

“Solution Focus Briefly Illustrated”

Lilian Ing & Simon Lee Reviewed by Lilian Ing This little gem of a book comes from Asia. Simon Lee, the author, is a well-seasoned trainer, coach and SF practitioner, who has put together a book to introduce people in organisations - leaders, managers and coaches - to the ‘solution focused’ way. This book provides practical suggestions of how leaders can apply SF techniques to coaching their team members.

SF Coaching meets Advanced Leadership Development

Stephanie Salecker Being a leader in these times isn’t easy – it is complex, ambiguous and demanding Leaders need advanced leadership skills and support on how to deal with their daily leadership challenges. Still, they also need to develop higher levels of leadership awareness and consciousness along the way. These levels are often not developed alone or in isolation, involving a much longer term professional and personal learning journey that can extend over many years.

Two teams merged into one

Jesper Hankovszky Christiansen Introduced by Annie Bordeleau Clients asked Jesper H Christiansen to merge two teams that were in deep conflict with each other. The management had concluded that due to the team’s overlapping activities, it was essential they work together, once and for all. The management had tried this in the past, without success. The teams had many negative experiences, and there were hurt feelings and mutual mistrust.

Micro Skills in a Macro World

Mark McKergow,Susanne Burgstaller,Jesper Hankovszky Christiansen,Anton Stellamans,Marika Tammeaid & Jonas Wells What do SF practitioners involved in large-scale change projects do that works? What do SF practitioners that are involved in large-scale change projects do that works? The Macroanalysis Study Group has studied this question for the last two years. They have examined case stories together and identified some distinctive features of SF organisational development (OD) processes.

Getting the Best From Feedback

Paul Z Jackson & Janine Waldman Workshop on 'Getting the Best From Feedback' - Without demotivating people. When sharing feedback, we want to provide opportunities for learning and growth. Done well, it can strengthen our relationships and raise performance. Done poorly, it can be uncomfortable and even devastating for the recipient. Working with clients on global leadership programmes, we created this workshop to take the fear out of feedback.

SF in the Ukraine

Victoria Spashchenko & Carey Glass Introduced by Carey Glass In Peter de Jong and Insoo Kim Berg’s Interviewing for Solutions, we read the story of Rosie: Cheryl: “What do you suppose you would notice tomorrow morning that would be different - that would tell you, wow, things are really better!” Rosie: [smiling] “That’s easy. I would have won the lottery - $3 million.” Cheryl: “That would be great, wouldn’t it?

Youth 2 Youth

Tara Gretton Introduced by Tara Gretton Terre des Hommes Switzerland is a development aid agency. The organisation supports the economic, political and social self-determination of people in developing countries. It works with local partner organisations in ten countries in Africa and Latin America and primarily supports young people. Where possible, they work together with local partner organisations. The focal points of the work are: Prevention of violence Education and income Health.

The SF Genius Zone

Yoram Galli Workshop on the SF Genius Zone with Yoram Galli. In this video, Yoram presents The Genius Zone©, (a term Gay Hendricks coined) as a possible concept for building the answer to the Miracle Question. You can identify your Genius Zone and learn how to help clients identify theirs. Yoram offers you a twofold activity: In the first part, he presents The Genius Zone, as a possible concept for building the answer to the Miracle Question.

The Brain and the Impact of Solution Focus Questions

Dr. Rachel Gillibrand & Dr. Adam S. Froerer & Mia Lunde Introduced by Paut Kromkamp As enthusiasts of the solution-focused approach, therapy or otherwise, we know it works. Our clients often tell us it works. But do we understand how it works; really understand? We know quite a bit about what works; we constantly look for that adage, ‘When something works, do more of it.’ And we know quite a bit about with whom it works; that is, with almost anyone and in virtually any situation - though people unfamiliar with Solution Focus (SF) often find that hard to grasp.

The Brain and the Impact of Solution Focus Questions

Dr. Rachel Gillibrand & Dr. Adam S. Froerer & Mia Lunde Introduced by Paut Kromkamp As enthusiasts of the solution-focused approach, therapy or otherwise, we know it works. Our clients often tell us it works. But do we understand how it works; really understand? We know quite a bit about what works; we constantly look for that adage, ‘When something works, do more of it.’ And we know quite a bit about with whom it works; that is, with almost anyone and in virtually any situation - though people unfamiliar with Solution Focus (SF) often find that hard to grasp.

Laugh Your Way to Solution

Bea Bincze & Kornel Csajtai Workshop on Laugh Your Way to Solution. Laughing together is essential for creating trust among employees, boosting morale, and increasing retention rates. Additionally, it can be a powerful tool for reducing stress and sparking creativity. Bea Bincze and Kornél Csajtai, from Hungary, provide coaching sessions for organisations and strive to create a safe and humorous environment, that helps their clients achieve their goals in a fun and efficient manner.

Empowering People for Successful Change?

Susanne Burgstaller Introduced by Alan Lyons Susanne has 30 years of experience in change consulting; however, she believes her last 20 years were the most productive ones, as she was using the Solution-Focused approach. Luckily for us, Susanne’s new mission is to teach what she has learned about making change impactful and fast. So sit back and prepare to propel through a well-honed and accessible array of tools and ideas to help empower people for successful change.

“The Masterclass”

A welcome sign on an easel in the entryway near the door reads, Welcome to Masterclass, with Class of Masters below that in smaller print

Staging the imagination

Vonneke Beeker & Anton Stellamans Workshop on Staging the Imagination. How theatre principles help to understand our work. We are taught to believe that change happens when we effectively do something about the situation we are confronted with. That’s why we tend to look for the next steps and solutions to fix our old problems. Solution Focus, however, takes a different route to change. Instead of following the classic cause-effect logic, we rely on the power of imagination to make change flow more naturally.

Solution Focus in War. By Insider

Victoria Spashchenko Key Note – SFA in War. By Insider. In this video (and audio below) of the keynote talk at SOLWorld 2023 in Vienna, Victoria Spashchenko shares her personal and professional experience of applying the Solution Focus Approach during the war in Ukraine. She considers what worked and what was difficult; tries to summarise the resilient strategies of Ukrainians; highlights (once again) the power of a single question, and speculates if there are naturally SF people and countries.

Empowering People for Successful Change

elvira-kalmer Introduced by Annette Gray Elvira Kalmar presents an inspiring Case Study session on how, as an Organisational Development consultant, she worked in a Solution Focus way with her client Invitech to bring about an agile transformation fast and with incredible lightness. Elvira engaged me as she described her approach (or lack of process as she explained), allowing the client to be the expert in their world, helping them define what agile transformation would look like and co-creating the steps along the way.

Stories from 20 Years of SOLWorld

Panel: Jenny Clarke & Peter Röhrig & Katalin Hankovszky & Petra Mueller-Demary & Daniel Meier Host: Veronika Jungwirth Introduced by John Brooker Hosted by Veronika Jungwirth, join the panel of Jenny Clarke, Kati Hankovszky, Petra Müller-Demary, Daniel Meier Peter Röhrig, with a spontaneous appearance by Paul Z Jackson, as they share stories of 20 years of SOLWorld. Peter ‘covers’ the Beatles, and recalls the friendliness of the community and absent friends; Jenny explains SOLWorld’s beginning in Bristol and the ‘friendly Brit’ sect; Kati shares SOLWorld secrets; Petra reveals the community house party aspects; Daniel fondly remembers the Moments, and Paul reveals cabaret murder… to name a few.

Solution Focus Flows Through Bottlenecks

Klaus Schenck Introduced by Annie Bordeleau When I discovered Klaus Schenck’s work in 2013, he was already fascinated with metaphors and how they ubiquitously spice up our language and colour our stories. In this presentation, Klaus chose the metaphor of ‘Bottlenecks’ to explore the sustainable flow of solutions. He highlights how heightened awareness of constraints and changing circumstances can propel us into our creativity. With ease and utter curiosity, he skillfully walks the fine line between problem and solution talk, balancing risk and opportunity.

SF Parenting

Ayse Adil & Joe Lettieri Introduced by Jenny Clarke Who better to bear witness to the value of SF than the client? In this video, we hear a powerful testimony from four clients of Family Based Solutions (FBS), an organisation based in Enfield, London, who works collaboratively with families using the solution focused approach. They share what their journey with FBS has meant to them, their families, and their wider communities.

It is nice to have someone who actually cares

Loredana Grigore, Steve Marshall & Luke Goldie-McSorley Listen on Soundcloud Soundcloud photo by Daria Nepriakhina 🇺🇦 on Unsplash SFiO - Solution Focus in Organisations · It is nice to have someone who actually cares Introduced by Guy Shennan Listening to this discussion about D-BIT’s drop in service was a joy. My route into solution-focused practice was via social work, and I have always felt that this approach offers a way for social workers to practise that adheres to our values.

“The Next Generation of SF Practice”

Carey Glass Reviewed by Carey Glass The Next Generation of Solution Focused Practice is Mark McKergow’s magnum opus. Since discovering SF’s world-changing paradigm shift in practice and thought, Mark has maintained his steadfast determination, insatiable curiosity and exceptional single-minded focus to explore and unearth understandings of what makes SF so powerful and how that happens so uniquely. His new book brings the fruits of this exploration into print. You can feel the years of thought in its pages.

“Solution focus coaching in sport”

Julia Kalenberg is a Swiss based coach and trainer who predominately works in organisations. Less known about Julia, however is that she also has a long track record as a coach of many succesful professional or semi professional sailors. And that is precisely the focus of this interview: How she uses Solution Focus in sports coaching.

Make sure everyone has a Post-it

Eniko Tegyi & Jenny Clarke Photo by Jason Goodman on Unsplash Introduced by Jenny Clarke The value of the platform Enikö Tegyi has long experience working with teams. In this article, she shares her know-how, answering that often asked question, “What if some people don’t seem to join in?” Here she gives us a lovely example of how to fully engage and involve everyone in a meeting or project, eliciting Best Hopes to give the work a firm platform.

“SF24 - SF in Sports with Morgan Lewis”

Morgan Lewis Introduced by Annie Bordeleau In this talk, Morgan Lewis shares his SF journey to support young athletes in finding their confidence and connecting to their excellence. Using solution focus questions when coaching the athletes, he engages in a quest to gather evidence of competence, to nurture their self-confidence and self-belief. Watching this video prompted me to think more deeply about how I engage with my team.

Parent-Teacher Bonding in a Singapore School

In Singapore, some parents have such high expectations of their children’s education that they often unfairly place the responsibility on teachers for their children’s well-being at school. In this parent-teacher bonding workshop, the goal is to help facilitate a bond between parents and teachers so that they work together collaboratively to foster a nurturing environment for their children at home and school.

How Solution Focus underpins Village in the City

Mark McKergow & John Brooker Introduced by John Brooker Do you, like me, long for more of a community feel in your local area? Like Mark McKergow, I spent much time travelling before COVID came along and, when home, created connections locally as best I could, e.g. as a dad meeting parents at the school gates, as Chair of my local scouts. Sadly that connection ended when no longer involved in school or Scouts.

Parkour and SF Collaboration

Wendy Van den Bulck, Cédric Broux & John Brooker Introduced by John Teager Deliberately or otherwise, we all use them all of the time. So how do metaphors open minds and enrich perspective? How do they enhance, amplify and explore a core message by subtly taking a perhaps occasionally closed mind on a wonderful involuntary journey of emerging ideas? Well, allow yourself just an hour of well-earned quiet time to watch this video, and you’ll be amazed at how powerful and thought provoking the use of metaphor can be.

Chapters

Chapter of the Lowlands

De Chapter of the Lowlands verenigt alle Nederlandstalige SFiO Contributors.

We komen 2 keer per jaar samen, om beurten in Vlaanderen en Nederland. Er is ruimte voor netwerking, intervisie én we laten ons stimuleren door een interessante spreker. We wisselen af tussen een theoretische bijdrage, een praktische toepassing van SF en inspiratie uit een ander domein.

Chapter SFIO China

欢迎参加“组织中的焦点解决(SFiO)”中国社群的活动!走出心理咨询和治疗室之外,焦点解决还可以在普通人的工作、生活各方面发挥作用,培育并滋养个体、团队、企事业单位及各类组织、社区乃至整个社会的健康运行、和谐与美好。焦点解决与东方智慧有着天然的联结。我们希望在这里汇聚全中国的焦点解决实践者,彼此交流、共同分享、相互支持、互相赋能。我们希望SFiO中国社群:1)成为连结东西方焦点解决实践交流的桥梁;2)搭建在在中国本土组织中实践SF的有用资源库;3)从理论、技术、人才等各方面支持实践者在组织中应用SF的尝试;4)凝聚实践者,彼此支持与赋能,大道不孤,天下一家。

Chapter SFIO Italia

l “chapter” italiano della SFIO nasce con l’intento di condividere e divulgare l’Approccio focalizzato alle soluzioni nelle organizzazioni. Durante gli incontri che organizziamo diamo spazio a scambio di pratiche, intervisione, contaminazioni da altri approcci, condivisione di articoli e libri, networking.

SFiO Chapitre Français

Les réunions par le Chapiter français SFiO sont destinées à l’échange de pratiques, à l’intervision, au partage d’articles et de livres, au réseautage. La structure et le déroulement de ces réunions incarnent elles-mêmes les principes Solution Focus.

SFiO Chapter Romania

Ideea de a pune bazele unui chapter Solution Focus in Organizations a apărut în cadrul conferinței SOL World CEE 2018. Ca și organizatori ai acestei conferințe și ca și practicieni solution focus, ne-a plăcut mult să lucrăm împreună și am dorit să continuăm să o facem, să ne dezvoltăm și să oferim valoare comunității.

SFiO Chapter UK

The UK SFiO Chapter holds three meetings each year in London and/or in Leeds. We currently focus our meetings around a workshop of around 1.5 to 2 hours in length with some great speakers.

SFiO deutschsprachige Chapter

Herzlich Willkommen bei der deutschsprachigen Sektion (Chapter) von SFiO. Seit 2011 bieten wir einen Raum für persönliche Begegnungen und den Erfahrungsaustausch auf Deutsch.

SFiO Downunder

The SFiO Downunder Chapter was launched in 2020 and offers great opportunities to connect to SF practioners in Australia and New Zealand!

SFiO Global Online Chapter

The Global Online Chapters are a great occasion to connect to SF practioners from all around the world. We host 1-2 online zoom meetings every month, featuring case studies, applications and the now traditional online Fika (coffee break).

SFiO Malaysia

To all SF Practitioners in Malaysia and Asia: Welcome to SFiO Malaysia. Here is where we share and engage with others to create new possibilities as we learn together.

SFiO Suomi Finland

Welcome aboard to our group of solution focused organisation developers. In SFiO Suomi Finland we have live meetings few times a year and a active Facebook group. Connect, share and learn together.

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