About the Piece of Work
SFiO reviews ‘pieces of work’ rather than individuals. This respects the idea that every case is different and avoids specifying a syllabus or methodology, etc.
What can I submit as a piece of work?
Criteria for a piece of work are:
- It is predominantly solution focused (i.e., other models may have been used, but only as a sub-component).
- It is in the context of organisations, or the work of individuals in organisations
- It is no less than 9 hours of face to face time with the client(s)
Examples of suitable pieces representing SF organisational work are:
- Team coaching
- 3 sets of 3 hours of coaching with individuals from the same customer organisation
- Coaching engagements with one client over multiple sessions with different topics
- A change management project with a large group facilitation
- Team development/training
- Facilitation, supervision
- Trainings with SF elements (which show an SF teaching and learning philosophy, but teaching people SF itself is not the core objective – eg leadership, personal effectiveness, etc)
- Consultancy (external and internal) conducted in organisational settings, including planning, line management, coaching assignments
Examples of unsuitable pieces are:
- A single coaching session, supervision or facilitation session
- An SF component of a larger project
- A project that uses another approach (e.g., NLP, systemic consultancy, etc.) with some elements of SF
- Technical training in which the teaching of subject matter is the core activity
- Work that is not in an organisational context eg a project about supervision of therapists
How the description of the “piece of work” should be structured:
The process should be outlined with a clear beginning, middle and end. The documentation should make it possible for the reviewer to identify clues of SF work.
Ideas for the beginning:
- The context and background
- The client briefing and how the final proposal was negotiated and approved
- Preparation and planning for the approved work by the candidate and the client.
Ideas for the middle:
- How the work was conducted respecting the uniqueness of the situation. (Structure, process, emergence and developments)
- Clear examples of practice and responsiveness throughout the implementation.
Ideas for the end:
- The outcomes and what happened regarding the request and achievement of the client’s goal as well as other results.
- Perspectives and reflections from the candidate and the client.
- Evaluations of the project by the client and, ideally, the participants
Who can be a candidate?
Any SFiO Contributor can apply for a review of a piece of SF work.