July 15, 2009
July 14, 2009
Aristotle's insight on avoiding excess and aiming for the intermediate is useful for solution-focused change and positive psychology
July 13, 2009
SF-coaches, counselors and therapists acknowledge what clients bring to the conversation and generally avoid interfering with the clients’ frame of reference as much as they can. They use questions to help clients define their desired situations and find their own solutions. In other words, it leads to what I have dubbed self-found internal solutions. The main advantages of a process leading to self-found internal solutions are: 1) the individual trusts these solutions, 2) knows how to apply them, 3) knows they're relevant for him, and 4) knows he has the skills required to apply them; furthermore, 5) he has identified them himself and 6) is most likely to be committed to trying them out; my prediction would be that 7) they are most durable, too. (Also view this video).
My question today is: What are the exceptions to this principle? When do you as a solution-focused coach offer direct advice? When does this work? In which circumstances is there in your view a good reason for doing this?
July 12, 2009
Building solution-focused skills through deliberate practice of techniques like scaling questions, desired situation questions and miracle questions
July 9, 2009
July 8, 2009
~ Hank Davis in Caveman logic
July 7, 2009
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July 4, 2009
~ Lao Tzu, ancient Chinese philosopher, central figure in Taoism, lived in the 6th century BC.
Some solution-focused principles work so well that I am convinced that people throughout history us must have also noticed them. Because I am interested in checking this notion I am always on the lookout for ancient references to solution-focused principles. This quote by Lao Tzu relates to the principle of leading the client from one step behind (Cantwell & Holmes, 1994; De Jong & Berg, 2008). By using this metaphor we want to illustrate how we let the client determine the direction, the content and the pace of the conversation. The client says something and we follow closely.
July 3, 2009
What I like about this quote is that it warns against thinking about goals in terms of ideal situations, just like I do in this article: Solution-Focused Scaling Questions.