DAY 1 Thursday, 23 May, 10 am – 11 am

PETRA MULLER-DEMARY & ROXANA MILAS - Coaching and Technology

The digital revolution leads to a massive transition process in organizations. The world as we know it is changing. This comes with a lot of uncertainty, change and opportunity. In this session we will discuss how this impacts us on personal and professional level. We will share our experiences as internal and external coach with this transition process and how coaching brings added value. In this workshop you will also have the opportunity to find your own discoveries and answers.

ATTILA MOLNÁR - SF Toolbox for Agile Transformation

I’ll invite you all to meet at the cross-roads of corporate agile transformations and Solution Focused practices. Let’s discover how these two, seemingly different worlds can support each other, with our best hopes to provide a living experience on our Toolbox that we, Solution-Focused Agile practitioners use in our daily life when helping individuals, teams and companies grow into this new way of work.


Thursday, 23 May, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

SHAKYA KUMARA - The Zone of Productive change

Working with Agile Coaches, one of their biggest challenges is to bring about change. Ironically, many Agile Transformations aren’t Agile in their approach to Transformation – old-fashioned methods of “driving change” abound. So I’ve created a model to help communicate a more Solutions Focused, invitational approach to change. It’s called the “Zone of Productive Change.”

FRIGYES LEHOCZKY - "SOLvivors" - landing in "non-SF" organisations

This is about major organization change after outsourcing/merge/acquisition deal of a part of a former “SFized” company, which has landed in a big “nonSF” company… how to “survive” with SF mindset as leader and together with the team, in a fully “non-SF” (or even further “anti-SF”) company environment…

ANDREA SCHOVANCOVÁ & MAREK KOREŇ - Build our workplace in SF way

Signs of Progress in two engineering companies in Slovakia from HR and CFO perspective.

You are also invited to be curious how we learn from our most significant small step and how to co-create the community of leaders, managers, co-workers, coaches, children, teachers, parents, by enjoying SF approach.

JOHN BROOKER - Progress? A new metaphor for SF team Facilitation

An interactive opportunity to discuss a new metaphor for SF Team Facilitation. Will make it as enjoyable as possible while hopefully helping you with a different perspective.


Thursday, 23 May, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

HAESUN MOON AND KENDRA REDDY Working with Executives - Responding to FAQ with DOQ

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) from our executives have intrigued brilliant conversations as they are often on a quest to “make” positive differences in their life for themselves and others. We respond to many of the quests with a simple navigator called Dialogic Orientation Quadrant (DOQ) and you will be able to apply the tool immediately in your next dialogue.

KENNETH KWAN - How to create Small Steps To Big Changes in Teams and Organisations

What does Spice girls got to do with Solution Focus? Why setting big goals could maybe be bad for you? How do you overcome unhappy leadership conversations? How do you actually create results for your clients that they can actually track?

Listen to exciting stories of how we used SF to create signs of progress and overcome team and organisational challenges. In addition, you will also listen to how we have influenced the Singapore government on their change management projects.

ELFIE CZERNY & DOMINIK GODAT - Solution Focus in every day interactions - How we spread SF on the road!

Join us on our journey into the essence of SF in everyday conversations. Join us on our – real or virtual – journey around our Solution Focused RV. Together we explore what differences applying SF principles in everyday interactions make and how we can spread the word even more. After 1 1/2 years traveling North America we are looking forward to share our enthusiasm and learnings.


Thursday, 23 May, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

YORAM GALLI - The power of positive Delta

From the SOL2005 workshop about acknowledging and complementing to the powerful concept of: “Positive Delta” © – The workshop includes a presentation of the concept followed by an experiential set of exercises.


Friday, 24 May, 8:30 pm – 9:30 am

JANINE WALDMAN AND PAUL Z JACKSON - Let it happen or New Twists on Classic Big Group Activities

We can all use new activities as we develop our work with our clients. This session will help you make progress in matching great activities to your clients’ needs.You’ll get to know some examples and how we’ve been using them in our work with clients on their leadership and team programs, to meet specific needs and to illustrate specific SF concepts.


2 Friday, 24 May, 9:30 pm – 10:15 am

SIGNS OF PROGRESS Dive in into the conference theme with Kati Hankovszky Christiansen


2 Friday, 24 May, 10:15 – 11:15 am

PETER SZABÓ - Utilizing past signs of progress, in high detail and slow motion

Clients are inherently capable to re-tune themselves whenever life derails from plan. In the workshop you will explore details of this capability in yourself and others. The more you slow things down and magnify details up in past change-processes the more you discover about possible future signs of progress to look for.

TALK: JENNY CLARKE - Being Assertive

While we may be “not-knowing” about our clients’ lives, we could be more assertive about what we do know: how to have useful conversations.

JESPER H CHRISTIANSEN ReTHINK - Make money, have fun, change the world – ReTHINKing a small business

The owner of a small private business wanted to develop the workplace making it more efficient and also creating a better work environment. In the process of clarifying the task the headline: “higher flow of energy” came up defined as:

  1. Prosperity – higher turnover
  2. Better work environment – better corporation between employees

Together with a colleague I designed and facilitated one day + half a day follow-up using some of the ‘Powered by EDGEWARE’ tools and added on a complete solution focused approach.

I will present the process and what happened. Some of what happened was entirely unexpected.


2 Friday, 24 May, 10:15 – 11:15 am

TALK: ROY MARRIOTT (SHAKYA KUMARA) - Solutions Focus Doesn't Mean Focusing on Solutions!

One might imagine that in “Solutions Focused” practice we would focus on Solutions! But the word “Solution” is at best confusing here, and often downright misleading. So what DO we focus on as Solutions Focused practitioners? In this SOL talk I’ll explore: * difficulties with the word “Solution” (especially in the world of software) * historical origins of “Solutions Focus” – where the word came from and why it made sense then * what we DO focus on when practising Solutions Focus * the ORA model for guiding attention in SF practice (based on Jackson & McKergow’s Albert model) * ORA illustrated with a well-known case: how Niklas resolved a 2 year deadlock in 5 minutes * how you can use ORA in conversations ranging from informal conversations in the corridor, to meetings, to formal 60 minute coaching sessions

TALK: ELFIE CZERNY & DOMINIK GODAT Into the essence of SF - Learnings from 2 years on the road with our SF motorhome

What is the essence of SF? Explore this question together with us. We share our insights and learnings from two years on the road traveling in our Solution Focused painted motorhome to the origins and developments of SF and finding our answers to this question, that led us on the road.


Friday, 24 May, 11:40- 1:00 pm

DR PETER RÖHRIG & DR MARK MCKERGOW - How can I use the “User’s guide to the future”?

The “User`s guide to the future” is a powerful model developed by Mark McKergow for sf working with the future. In our session we will explain the model and demonstrate in a live coaching how clients find signs of progress facing challenging and complex projects.

SIMONE GAIO & FABIENNE STALDER - Visible signs of progress - tiny things to cheer up your sf work

We love to enrich our work with tiny little things with the purpose to add value to the spoken word. In our best hopes, by using such little tools we encrease the impact of our interventions and help our clients to move on with more ease and joy. We would like to share with you our ideas, tools, gadgets…in our workshop we invite you to experience with some of them. In this inspiring environment we look forward to develop new tools together. And the coolest thing is: rigtht after the workshop we have a lot of opportunities to experiment: all the other conference participants will be pleased, when we help them to make visible their own signs of progress during the conference!

PAUT KROMKAMP - Sparking inspiration - SF Intervision

Stuck in a project, in need of ideas for next steps, searching for that one thought to get you going again? Rely on your team and on tried an tested simple, fun, energising and effective Solution Focused formats to spark instant inspiration.


Friday, 24 May, 11:40- 1:00 pm

RALPH MIARKA & VERONIKA KOTRBA - What is and what isn't "Agile Coaching"

We noted that the term “Agile Coaching” leads to some confusion within some parts of the coaching community. Is this a new kind of coaching? What kind of coaching is this? What evidence do we have of Agile Coaching? Is there a recorded session of Agile Coaching that I could watch to observe Agile Coaching in action? Why do I see “agile coaching” and “Agile Coaching” – is this the same? In our session, we want to clarify the term “Agile Coaching” and connect it with the solution-focused approach in coaching. We hope to support both Agile Coaches and solution-focused coaches and to contribute to the discussion.


Saturday, 25 May, 8:30 – 9:15 pm

GOOD MORNING – Ingrid Reisch

Asking good questions and listening to the answers – is that all it takes? Or does it depend on the way how. As a small step to an answer we will use a breathing exercise and observe the difference between active breathing and letting the breathing come back involuntarily (Ilse Middendorf). We will find out how awareness/ body exercises might be usefull to move from a judgmental to an observing mind-set.

WOLBERGER SZILVI – Mindfulness and SF

In this interactive program, I’m suggesting a few attitudes and practices from the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program that I have found is working very well in my Solution-focused practice, especially in the process of recognizing progress and constructing improvement during coaching. These attitudes are already in the texture of Solution Focus Approach and I’m here only to remind you why and how to cultivate them further and in the long term. My motivation to share this is that you might find greater ease and joy in your SF work as I did.


The deep underlying magic of the SF paradigm shift is best revealed by telling children’s-stories. I will bring 3 of my favorites, you are welcome to bring some of yours. And yes, of course the whole point is to hear them.


Saturday, 25 May, 9.15- 10.00 am

MARCO MATERA Sf Chart – a simple SF tool to achive goals

On this workshop it will be possible to experience a simple schema to achive goal. SF Chart are two different canvas schema, a personal chart and a team chart, developed as sf tools in business context. It will be very practical workshop useful for personal issue or team consulting. Designed for coach, trainers, consultant and therapist.

ANTON STELLAMANS - Mimesis and SF. A philosophical exploration of the thinking behind

For a good understanding of SF, it is helpful to grasp its philosophical underpinnings. SF fits in a long tradition of anti- essentialist thought, an underground tradition that surfaced and gathered momentum in the second half of the 20th century. In this workshop you will learn how the Greek concept of Mimesis (imitation, representation, …) will prove to be a useful gateway not only towards a better understanding of SF but also towards an enriched practice of SF.

ISTVÁN CZOMBOS - Tree-ory of change, let's draw impacts

The symbol of a tree can visualise all the levels of the intervention logic. Make all the potentially affected persons involved by drawing together the part of the tree in which they are interested. When you connected all the dots, praise the flowers and fruits of the tree, while saying thank to every bits and pieces of the root, and the trunk. In other words, lets have a talk about how to set goals, co- define intervention logic, employ everyone as change agent without using any of those expressions.


Saturday, 25 May, 10.30- 12.00 am

DR MARCO RONZANI - Progress gossip - co-creating signs of progress in teams

When a team wants to explore and strengthen their world of the solution let them do a gossip about signs of progress they have observed. In this workshop you experience the power of gossiping about signs of progress in a group. We learn to work with an easy to learn set of useful questions in a flow of SF conversations.

DR MARK MCKERGOW - SF 2.0: The next generation of SF work?

In this workshop Mark will be describing SFBT 2.0 and presenting the key differences (and similarities) with previous practice. As usual with SF, you’ll probably find you are doing some of it already! And there may well be some interesting twists and innovations to consider too. This promises to be an important session for everyone interested in extending and renewing their SF skills…


We invite participants to share and explore their facilitation practices, the choices and adjustments the make applying different approaches and methods, SF and otherwise. Many diverse approaches are present in personal, team and organizational development field, possibly serving the same values and follow similar principles. What is the greatest common denominator among different approaches used by workshop participants? How can SF and others modes of facilitation mutally enhance each other? We will engage all participant in World Café-like conversations (aka “SF-Espresso”), which will, hopefully, support emergence of some better understanding what is really important for us, as SF practitioners, when we choose our own, authentic approaches to our client needs.