November 11, 2011
Applying solution-focused interventions in a fluent and natural way
People who are proficient in complex activities seem to have natural talents. They seem to know how to view or approach a problem right away, without hesitation. With the best practitioners their performance seems effortless. How do they do it? Are they gifted with natural capabilities the rest of us must miss? Frequent readers of this blog will know my answer. Generally, the best performers, whose performance appears effortless, have actually invested the greatest effort for long periods of time to become so skillful.
Becoming proficient as a solution-focused professional is no exception. If you want to achieve excellence as a solution-focused coach your chance of achieving it is to approach it as you would approach becoming an excellent musician. Set stretching learning goals focused on improving areas of performance which you are not satisfied about, practice a lot, get feedback and guidance, observe, discuss and learn from examples, keep practicing, reading, writing and immersing yourself in the subject matter.
The more technically proficient you'll become, the more this will free up your attention in conversations with clients to listen carefully to what they are saying and to respond adequately.