When you need to discover what works in the workplace, The Solutions Focus: Making Coaching and Change SIMPLE offers a powerful yet subtle way to foster positive change. With this revolutionary and practical alternative to traditional problem solving, you can learn how to envision your desired future and move swiftly toward it. The Solutions Focus details the SIMPLE plan and a unique way of working that fosters customized and organization-specific solutions for every problem. Radically pragmatic and proven in many fields, this method goes to the heart of what works for people, teams and organizations. This second updated and extended edition provides an enhanced focus on coaching and offers fascinating and wide-ranging new case studies that illustrate how these ideas are being applied in organizations worldwide, from television companies to government agencies to individual teams. The authors show you how to identify what is working in your organization and how to amplify it by focusing on what is possible rather than what isn't. The basic principles are simple: identify what works and do more of it, and stop doing what doesn't work and try something different. Packed with field-tested tools, exercises and case examples, The Solutions Focus will interest anyone who wants practical, innovative workplace solutions for doing more with less. Visit the Solutions Focus website at www.thesolutionsfocus.com.
CONTENTS 1 Small Changes_and a Big Idea 2 Staying SIMPLE 3 Solutions not Problems 4 Inbetween_The Action Is in the Interaction 5 Make Use of What's There 6 Possibilities_Past, Present and Future 7 Language_Simply Said 8 Every Case Is Different 9 The Complete Toolkit 10 Coaching Solutions 11 Managers Coach Their People to Solutions 12 Team Coaching 13 Organized Solutions 14 The Solutions Artist and Scientist 15 How We Reached Here
Paul Z. Jackson is an inspirational consultant, trainer, facilitator, and coach. Since graduating from Oxford University, he has been a print journalist, a senior comedy producer with BBC Radio 4, founder of the More Fool Us improvisation comedy team, and a university lecturer. He is also the author of Impro Learning, 58 1/2 Ways to Improvise in Training, and The Inspirational Trainer. Mark McKergow is an international consultant and speaker who develops solutions-focused routes for organizational and personal development. He started his career in the electricity industry as a nuclear physicist. He trained at BFTC Milwaukee and MRI Palo Alto and is in demand as a keynote speaker. He has pioneered the use of solutions-focused methods in organizational and business contexts and is the only British-based person to have been elected as a member of Jack Canfield's Transformational Leadership Council. www.impro.org.uk www.sfwork.com
"All good coaches focus on potential, affirmation and solutions. This book is a must. It is simple, easy to read and filled with illustrative examples." - Sir John Whitmore, author of Coaching for Performance "A focus on solution construction is the core of great coaching. This is a beautifully crafted, elegantly simple approach to applying the power of solutions to organizations_a must-read for coaches and consultants looking for truly effective tools." - Anthony M. Grant, Director, Coaching Psychology Unit, School of Psychology, University of Sydney "A classic: the most exciting and applicable approach since Fisher and Ury's Getting to Yes. The logic and ethics of the approach are refreshing and unfortunately all too rare in the corporate world where I do most of my work. It makes so much sense to identify and work with what works." - Nancy Caldwell, negotiation consultant, USA "If we can learn to adopt this solutions-focused way of approaching everyday situations we will transform our work and our lives in elegant and powerful ways. The book is packed with thought-provoking case studies. I love it." - Sue Knight, author of NLP at Work