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SOLUTION TALK – the art of constructive conversations   “Solution talk creates solutions” Steve de Shazer   Get familiar with a simple, but effective approach to switch a conversation from complaining or problem analyzing to solution building. This switch can boost positive energy and confidence, get faster results and build commitment for development.   In this 5 hours workshop you will Explore how you can guide a conversation by questions and appreciative remarks Gain insights on how to focus your attention to move forward in a conversation Experience how to create enthusiasm and emotional involvement of collaborators and conversation partners Discover a simple approach to produce

Last week I spoke with a client who contacted me to solve some conflicts in his team and to improve the collaboration. When I proposed him to have a team coaching session his reaction was ‘No thank you, never again!’  His reaction surprised me first but when he told me his experience with team coaching I understood. It was a meeting where all the problems, everything that bothered about the colleagues and the company was put on the table and it ended in a lot of frustration and hurt feelings. It made things worse, not better. I am convinced it is

SF Holidays The holidays are coming and we are all preparing for Easter in the family. It is well known since years BC that no man is a prophet in his own home. No matter what a great manager, inspirational leader, trustworthy coach you are, once inside your parents' home, you become the person you used to be before all the great changes you went through. And you find yourself clinging to the remains of your awareness and calm I do not know much about other families, but in ours the holidays are a challenge to everyone. Especially the meals. So, to help my

By Alina Goanta, Solution Focused Brief Coach Once upon a time there was a monkey that lived happily in the jungle. It was jumping all day from a tree to another. It felt so happy doing that, so it thought everybody should do just the same. One day, as it was looking at the world around from the heights of a tree, it noticed a pond with some fish inside. They were moving from one part of the pond to the other, moving their fish tales as if they were running away from some danger (at least, that’s what the monkey

There are few  things you know for sure as a Solution Focused practitioner. This is actually one of the most charming things about this approach – its grammar has very few principles and the rest is improvisation, playing around with them until the client have reached their goal. As a new practitioner  of SF and a  passionate theater maker, whenever I have time to let my mind wonder, I create mental experiments: short imaginary dramas and conflistc in which I try to get pairs of Solution Focused affirmations in trouble, preferably against each other and see whether they can come out of it unscathed.

In guiding people, be it as a preacher, tribal chief, leader, manager or coach, we all use elements from the same repertoire: stories (be they personal or not), positive examples, cautionary tales, advice, suggestions and, the most powerful tool to direct attention: questions. Knowing this, we, as coaches and trainers of coaches, need to question ourselves about the questions we use: which are the most useful? What direction is it worth to send the client’s mind chasing? How are the best questions formulated? What will change for our clients when we vary our questioning style? In the same way, any leader of

It is fairly obvious that we all want our conversations to be constructive. Our meetings would be shorter and more pleasant and efficient, we would come out of our short dialogues with colleagues feeling energised and proud of the team we are part of. Constructive conversations, strong and pleasant, I imagine this might be how it feels  to surf perfect waves. How to initiate such conversations as a manager? How can you create the conditions so that, even when your are not there, your team would continue to have conversations that are more often constructive than conflictual. I asked Vasile Ecobici, a

By Alina Goanta, Solution Focused Brief Coach  www.coachingforchange.ro It’s been four years now since I have been practicing coaching as a professional coach and yet, I have to admit, I still find it difficult to give an answer when asked “What is coaching?” Nevertheless, there are some keywords that, from my point of view, capture the essence of it. I would say coaching is a process that takes place within a partnership based on mutual trust and confidence that, ultimately, leads to personal growth. As I read the definition I’ve attempted above, I realize that, if you put it this way, coaching

I  met some of the participants to this year's first  Solution Building -  managers, coaches or trainers, people from whom I wanted to find out what they had gained in this program. What did they receive? What did they take for themselves? What are they giving forward? (Phone interview with I.R., manager, banking, participant to Solution Talk) I heard that, after the Solution Talk training, you implemented a solution focused program in your team. How did it happen? I.R.: In the beginning I didn’t know much about coaching and mentoring and I was skeptical about this “solution focused” method. But I am constructively skeptical:

The Borg – a fictional Star Trek alien race whose purpose is to achieve perfection. Their mode of existance is The Collective, in which there is no more individuality (as there is only one way to be „perfect”, how could perfect creatures be different?). The Borg is the recurring antagonist, a threat to the Federation, as they are aiming to assimilate all races and planets into the Collective. Their main message upon meeting others is „Resistance is futile”. Putting ourselves in the Borg’s shoes, their cause is a noble one  - they want what is best for everyone! - and we