May 31, 2008

The desired-situation-question

goal-2007-749865.jpgThe desired-situation-question is one of the most essential types of solution-focused questions. This is the question with which the coach invites the client to describe how he or she would like the situation to become. The coach encourages the client patiently and curiously to describe the desired situation. This question shows the goal-orientedness of the solution-focused approach. The desired situation gets described in terms of concrete, positive results. A few ways in which the question can be posed are: "What does your desired situation look like?", "How do you want your situation to become?", "What would you like instead of the problem?", and "How will you notice things will have become better?'. With the desired-situation-question the attitude of the coach is important. This attitude is encouraging, curious and patient. De coach has a large set of questions available to help the client describe the situation more and more concretely. Here are some examples:
 What do you want to achieve?
 What do you want instead of the problem?
 How do you want things to become better?
 What do you want to be better?
 How do you want your situation to become?
 What result do you want?
 How would you like the situation to look like?
 What does you 10 on the scale look like?
 What will be different when the problem is solved?
 How will that help?
 What would be the advantage?
 What would be good about that?
 What would be the benefit if that happens?
 How will that be an improvement?
 How will that help you?
 For whom will that be an advantage?
 For whom will that be an improvement?
 What would be the advantage for other people?
 How will that help others?
 Suppose... the problem is solved .. what will be better?
 What can you do when that has been achieved?
 What could you do when the problem would not be there?
 What could .... do when the problem would be solved?
 How will other people notice things will have become better?
 How will you know you will have done enough?
 If ... would see it, how would (s)he know the difference?
 That sounds good!
 Aha, I can imagine you want to achieve that!

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