December 7, 2009

How do organizational consultants benefit from the solution-focused approach?

The solution-focused approach was developed in psychotherapy in the 1980's at the Brief Familty Therapy Center in Milwaukee (US). In the 1990's, the solution-focused approach spread became a well known approach in therapy in many countries throughout the world. During the last decade the solution-focused approach became a familiar approach outside therapy too, first in the field of coaching, later also in education, team facilitation, management and organizational change.
I'd like to write an article about the solution-focused approach for the target groups of organizational consultants (or management consultants). For that purpose I'd love to hear some experiences from organizational consultants who use the solution-focused approach. So, if you are a consultant and you use the solution-focused approach please share some of your experiences here. I'd be particularly interested in the following things:
  • What type of consultancy do you practise?
  • When did you learn about the solution-focused approach?
  • How do you use it in your work? 
  • How does it help you? 

4 comments:

  1. Riccardo Benardon
    Change Manager specialising in corporate management repositioning during change process. Integrates the hard (organizational) and the soft (relationship) components needed in change management projects. As a systemic counselor helps managers during the whole change process.
    I work with Marco Matera on SF and for more details, you can see: www.sfa-bm.eu

    I met the first time, Steve de Shazer, in Iskon, my counselling school in Milan, in 2004; this meeting was very impressive, I liked SFA immediately and I developed a personal approach, that I call: “SF process”; I met Insoo in 2006.

    Based on this process, I start my job, with a pre-coaching activity (3-4 sessions).

    It is really useful, in order to help people, to exit from the actual situation and to “see” their future position. Then we will design his/her function on his/her vision.

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  2. Thanks Riccardo! I see you use the desired situation question. What other techniques do yo uuse (scaling, past success question, small steps, etc.)
    I'd love to hear more

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  3. When I talk about SF process, I means a set of interview, in which there are all the SF question in a progressive evolution, that bring the coachee to arrive to his/her new vision.
    And more, With marco matera, we developped a constellation, we called "the Miracle scaling", you can read in
    http://solworld.ning.com/group/miraclescaling
    we upgrated it using this approach in groups.
    http://solworld.ning.com/group/miraclescaling/forum/topics/2102269:Topic:4667
    we are working on SF Thinking and SF Facilitator training; in order to develop a new culture, inside the companies (clients).

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