February 22, 2011

Fry The Monkeys Create A Solution: The managers and facilitators guide to accelerating change using Solution Focus

There is a practical and accessible new book on organizational applications of the solution-focused approach: Fry The Monkeys Create A Solution: The managers and facilitators guide to accelerating change using Solution Focus. The author is Alan Kay from Toronto, Canada and several experienced solution-focused from around the world contributed (I myself also made a small contribution). Alan is an experienced solution-focused change consultant. He was one of the first people, some 10 years ago to start applying solution-focused principles and techniques to consulting. Here is an interview with Alan Kay and here is a video:



Amazon book description: Are you looking to become even better at facilitating change solutions? Learn how to ’Fry’ the monkeys (figuratively!) and start building real solutions. This book shows you how to build on your current skill set and add a powerful tool for your work. You’ll soon find it to be the most useful approach in your personal facilitator’s toolbox. How this book will help you: * Understand how organizations benefit by moving from an ineffective problem-focus approach to creating highly efficient solutions that are visible, agile, tangible and sustainable. * Learn the ingredients required to make Solution Focus work for you and the organization. * Practice with sensible Solution Focus recipes and see change happen right away. No, this is not another guru book. Solution Focus is a simple - not simplistic - deeply researched way to help people in organizations create the change they want to see.

I think a strength of the book is that it is small and accessible which seems to make it useful as a gift to people you want to introduce the solution-focused approach to, for instance your management team.

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