Slowing down for going fast

Wednesday (9:00-12:00) – Pre-conference — Biba Rebolj

A brief description of the session

SF is associated with rapid progress towards an outcome. Watching our work we seem to associate change with detailed description of preferred future. Simple, not easy, as eliciting detailed description requires lots of persistence and skills to get the flow of the conversation going.

What we will do and what you will learn:
You will observe a live session and try out yourself the skills of narrowing and slowing the SF process down in eliciting description of details that open up possibilities for rapid change and progress. Want faster progress? Slow down!

about the contributor

Biba is one of the most representable members of the “next SF generation”. Being trained by BRIEF she continues striving for minimalism and brevity of SF. A leading EU group trainer, Slovenian key figure in SF and recently making a difference in the UK as a SF trainer, practitioner and enthusiast.

Build our workplace in SF way (case study from Slovak companies and non profit)

Thursday (10:00-11:00) –  CASE – Andrea Schovancová & Marek Koreň

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

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.

about the contributors

Andrea Schovancová

ACC – HR manager, coach and co-founder of non profit organization DadaLa. Crazy, creative, very positive and people lover.
Marek Koreň, KcS – CFO, coach. Curious, happy, hard working and definitely in love with gifts and heritage of Insoo and Steve.

Marek Koreň

CFO, coach, curious, happy, and grateful for every small gift which life brings. Last but not least definitely in love with the heritage of Insoo and Steve.

Mimesis and SF. A philosophical exploration of the thinking behind SF

Saturday (9:15-10:00) –  Anton Stellamans

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

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.

about the contributor

Co-founder of Ilfaro, I work as a SF coach and trainer in a great variety of organisations. I have a great interest in philosophy as such and the philosophical underpinnings of SF in particular. I have co-authored “Resilient People, Resilient Teams” and “The Art of Giving Feedback” and am a board member of SFiO. I have a background in History and Philosophy and was trained in SFBT at the Korzybski Institute in Bruges. Being part of the SF community is certainly one of my superpowers.

Solution-Focused Toolbox for Agile Transformation

Thursday (10:00-11:00) – AGILE — Attila Molnár

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

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.

Let me share my experiences on how SF tools and practices can make these dramatic and sometimes painful changes easier and much more effective, even enjoyable and let yourselves find your own.

about the contributor

I’m an SF hearted, organizational psychologist and agile practitioner with 15 years of experience in helping teams and organizations through change.

I teach in different Hungarian universities, published a few research papers on agile mindset and developed an assessment tool that helps teams follow their progress in their transformation and make their sings of progress loud and clear and transparent.

I worked with startup teams and large multinational companies in Hungary and abroad with one strong intention: to help these teams and companies find their OWN agility and their OWN path there while enjoying the process every single day (or at least week).

Tree-ory of change, let’s draw impacts

Saturday (9:15-10:00) – Czombos István

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

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.

about the contributor

Beyond Agile- building self-managing teams

Wednesday (14:00-17:00) – Pre-Conference — Daniel Meier and Elvira Kalmar

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

Going agile and becoming adaptive is a trend in big and small organisations all over the World. We are quite convinced that “Agile” is just a label and method to get more self-organised and adaptive, which is not fitting for each and every team/organisation. The Art is to co-create with the actual team their unique way of self-organised work.
We share a case study with you about a leader’s challenge in a big multinational company in Hungary building up an adaptive team in a co-creative way. We will create an interactive space together with you to identify how solution focused mindset was used in this process. And we would like even to broaden the perspective and collect what other solution focused tools would be useful for leaders in order to develop adaptive, self-managing teams.

about the contributors

Daniel Meier

Daniel is a Coach, trainer and mentor for Brief Coaches since 17 years. As co-founder and owner of Solutionsurfers he is a worldwide acting facilitator for SF Coaching Programms and author of several books about it.

Elvira Kalmar

Elvira’s passion is organisation development and design: she is a well known face and a thought leader of the European organisation design and development community. Experienced in working with NGO’s, start-ups, SMBs and big multinationals- recently as Head of Magyar Telekom’s People and Organisation Development Department, she brings the SF mindset into OD.

Into the essence of SF – Learnings from 2 years 

Friday (10:15-11:15) – SOL TALK — Dominik Godat & Elfie Czerny

Solution Focus in every day interactions – How we spread SF on the road!

Thursday (13:30 -15:00) – CASE –  Dominik Godat & Elfie Czerny

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

Into the essence of SF – Learnings from 2 years 

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.

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.

about the contributors

Solution Focus (SF) on tour is our family – Elfie, Dominik, and our daughter Bibiana – traveling the world with our Solution Focused motorhome spreading our enthusiasm for the Solution Focused approach. We love to explore SF in everyday life interactions and to inspire people worldwide with this simple yet highly effective focus, e.g. with our SIMPLY FOCUS podcast, and with innovative new formats, like our Online Festival for Solution Focused Leadership or our SF on Tour. In November 2018 we received the Steve de Shazer Memorial Award of the SFBTA for innovation in applications of SFBT. After 1 1/2 years traveling North America we are looking forward to connect, share our enthusiasm and learnings

How can I use the ‘Users Guide to the Future’ as a coaching tool?

Friday (11:40-13:30) – Dr Mark McKergow and Peter Röhrig

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

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.

about the contributors

Mark McKergow PhD MBA is an international speaker, trainer, author and consultant. Over the past 25 years Mark has gained a leading role in the Solution-Focused community around the world with his mix of new ideas, engaging speaking and teaching style, ability to form and host practitioner communities and engage with the world of academia. Mark was instrumental in founding and nurturing the SOLWorld community of SF practitioners working in organisational settings. Mark was also a founding member of SFCT, the Association for Solution-Focused Consultants and Trainers, which ran from 2008 – 2016 and produced sixteen editions of the peer-reviewed journal InterAction, of which Mark was an editor. From 2009 – 2017 Mark was a visiting research fellow in the Philosophy Department at the University of Hertfordshire, where he explored the ideas to be presented in this book with leading figures in enactive cognition and Wittgenstein scholarship. He is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Systemic Therapies.

Dr Peter Röhrig is senior partner of ConsultContor in Cologne / Germany. He is organisational consultant, solution focused business coach and leadership trainer and works a lot in conflict management in organisations. He was one of the first practitioners in Germany who applied and taught the sf approach in organisations. His book “Solution Tools” is a rich collection of Solution Focused activities for workshops and team events by consultants from all over the world.

SF 2.0: The next generation of SF work?

Saturday (10:30-12:00) – SOL TALK — Mark McKergow

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

Mark McKergow’s recent paper ‘SFBT 2.0: The next generation of Solution Focused Brief Therapy has already arrived’ (Journal of Solution Focused Brief Therapy Vol 2 No 2 pp 1-17) has generated a huge amount of interest in the SF world, with well over 1000 downloads and a ‘top 0.1%’ rating from Academia.edu. Many people have greeted Mark’s description about how SF work has developed over the past two decades and more with enthusiasm. Some are a bit sceptical. What IS ‘SFBT 2.0’? How different is it? Why might it be progress? Does it mean rejecting everything we do at the moment? How does it apply to organisational 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. There will of course be plenty of time for questions and discussion. This promises to be an important session for everyone interested in extending and renewing their SF skills.

about the contributor

Mark McKergow PhD MBA is an international speaker, trainer, author and consultant. Over the past 25 years Mark has gained a leading role in the Solution-Focused community around the world with his mix of new ideas, engaging speaking and teaching style, ability to form and host practitioner communities and engage with the world of academia. Mark was instrumental in founding and nurturing the SOLWorld community of SF practitioners working in organisational settings. Mark was also a founding member of SFCT, the Association for Solution-Focused Consultants and Trainers, which ran from 2008 – 2016 and produced sixteen editions of the peer-reviewed journal InterAction, of which Mark was an editor. From 2009 – 2017 Mark was a visiting research fellow in the Philosophy Department at the University of Hertfordshire, where he explored the ideas to be presented in this book with leading figures in enactive cognition and Wittgenstein scholarship. He is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Systemic Therapies.

Visible signs of progress – tiny things to cheer up your sf work

Friday (11:40-13:30) – Fabienne Stalder and Simone Gaio

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

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!

about the contributors

Solutionfocused enthousiasts, with a passion for visible details!
We are both independent coaches and trainers. With much dedication and enthusiasm we are part of the international network of Solutionsurfers in Switzerland and abroad.

Beyond language

Saturday (8:30-9:15) – GOOD MORNING – Ingrid Reisch

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

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.

about the contributor

I fell in love with the solution focus approach in 1994 when I visited the first european training with Steve and Insoo. Since 1998 I am managing director of the reischreisch solution focus GmbH. www.reischreisch.de

“SOLvivors” – landing in “non-SF” organisation

Thursday (11:30-12:00) – CASE – Frigyes Lehoczky

Hire Yourself as Teamcoach – even if you are the Leader

OPEN SPACE – Frigyes Lehoczky

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

“SOLvivors” – landing in “non-SF” organisation

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…

Hire Yourself as Teamcoach – even if you are the Leader

Once your are a professional teamcoach, why not to hire yourself for teamcoaching event with your own team, even while you are the leader of the team? Especially when you do not have possibilities to hire externals, because of organizational obstacles. This session is about demonstrating through case studies that is all possible… even if it’s useful to be considered at least twice… 🙂

about the contributor

My name is dr. Frigyes Lehoczky, and have been working more than 10 years in IT industry mainly as project and people/department manager. Since 2012 I have been acting also as a teamcoach, working with diverse teams (2-100 people) from different business areas (IT, bank, trainer company, etc) and organisations, as well as other kind of non-profit organisations (foundation, association, theather company, music band, etc). I work also as brief coach and mediator with private clients. For me the biggest enjoyment in this kind of work is quite simple: adventure of exploring solutions in any ways… 🙂

Being Assertive

Friday (10:15-11:15) – SOL TALK – Jenny Clarke

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

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.

about the contributor

Coach, facilitator and trainer, now retired. Co-founder of SOLWorld with the Bristol Solutions Group, organiser of 3 SOLWorld conferences and participant in them all.

Make money, have fun, change the world – ReTHINKing a small business

Friday (10:15-11:15) – CASE – Jesper H Christiansen

Conversations in Development – Solution Focused Employee Development

OPEN SPACE – Jesper H Christiansen

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

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.

Conversations in Development – Solution Focused Employee Development

This approach helps managers and team leaders to have a conversation with single staff members and whole teams om development of skills and competencies.

This setting allows an employee (or a team) to talk about a preferred future in the context of:
– employee and organisation – vision, strategies stated through everyday work.
– employee and job function – the legal reason for employment versus professional development.
– employee, the person behind – best hopes for good work life, motivation and workplace happiness.
This also makes it easier for a leader to ensure that organisational or team-based strategies are in the conversation too without leaving the focus of the resources of an individual or a team.

about the contributor

For some years I have been working with entrepreneurship adding solution focus to the usual business approach through the “Powered by EDGEWARE” method – edgeware.eu. Next to that my work has been on team development/coaching and brief coach training through solutionsurfes.dk and as a consultant. jesperchristiansen.com. mail@jesperchristiansen.com

Where SF meets FACILITATION

Saturday (10:30-12:00) – Jasenka Gojšić & Klaus Schenck

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

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.

about the contributors

Klaus is being an active contributor to the SOLWorld community since 2003. A former scientist and manager, he has been working since 2004 as a self-employed coach, agile coach, trainer, facilitator, and consultant for individuals, teams and whole organizations, developing leadership competences and speeding up project portfolios, with solution focused, constraint focused, and systemic approaches. He combines a curiosity for concepts with a love for language – and a quirky mind with a sense of humour.

Jasenka (www.isoropia.hr) helps people to take their dream seriously, to (re)design their lives and transform their roles bravely and timely, and to form organizations that serve the development of the highest potential of all people in an organization’s field. She has been proactively engaged in Art of hosting community from 2010, and transformativ learning community from 2013. She is curious novice in SF world.

Progress? A new metaphor for SF team Facilitation

Thursday (11:30-12:30) – TOOL – John Brooker

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

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.

about the contributor

I love SF Facilitation and hope you do too!

Signs of Progress

Friday (9:30-10:15)  – Katalin Hankovszky Christiansen

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

Dive into the conference theme with Kati Hankovszky Christiansen.

about the contributor

Kati is a Solutionsurfer, an independent trainer and coach, coming from a pedagogical background, working in business and training environment since 1995. She co-created the concept of solution focused training methodology which allows a resource based work with teams and groups on a required topic.

Working with Executives: Responding to FAQ with DOQ

Thursday (13:30-15:00)  –  Kendra Reddy and Haesun Moon

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

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.

about the contributors

Kendra works and coaches in driven, high performance corporate environments. She facilitates sessions for leaders and their teams to harness and allocate their mental focus and energy in order to design a better way of living and more efficient way of delivering results.

Haesun loves sharing with people about Solution Focused dialogues especially when they have real questions based on their experience. She is a researcher aspiring to be a practical philosopher. The superpower we share in common is that we both follow what makes our hearts sing.

How I wrote my SF book manuscript in 60 days.

OPEN SPACE – Kenneth Kwan

How to create Small Steps To Big Changes

Thursday (13:30-15:00)  – CASE – Kenneth Kwan

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

How I wrote my SF book manuscript in 60 days.

You know you need to write but there’s millions of other things that distracts you and let’s be honest- you also love to procrastinate and you sometimes blame it on family. How do you get a great book out while trying to overcome inertia? This workshop will give you ideas on how to start, how to write when you don’t feel like it, structure your book and what you need to do to get the manuscript out in 60 days! Do what works and learn how to do it fast.

PS: The speaker for this topic hates to write, so he aims to help you do it with as little pain as possible.

How to create Small Steps To Big Changes

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.

about the contributor

Kenneth Kwan is a Keynote Speaker who has spoken in 12 countries. His program and book “Small Steps To Big Changes” has been used in Multi-National Companies and the Singapore Government for leading and managing change. Kenneth has also appeared on Radio, Channel News Asia and Newspapers for his work. He loves working with Executives, Teams and is an involved father of three sons.

Clean Space and SF

OPEN SPACE  – Klaus Schenck

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

“Clean Space” is a format to explore any issue on your mind in a guided session in reflective silence from different perspectives, both literally and physically. It has already been introduced, with excellent feedback from participants, to the SOLworld community, and been found very compatible with SF ideas. We will have time for both the practical experience and some joint reflection afterwards,

about the contributor

Self-employed coach for personal and organizational development and big fan of, and active contributor to, the SOLworld community since 2003.

Sf Chart – a simple SF tool to achive goals

Saturday (9:15-10:00)  – TOOL – Marco Matera

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

In this workshop it will be possible to experience a simple schema to achieve a goa. SF Charts are two different canvas scheme, a personal chart and a team chart, developed as SF tools in business context.

You can read an article here.

It will be a very practical workshop, useful for personal issue, or team consulting. Designed for coaches, trainers, consultants and therapists.

about the contributor

He graduated in industrial chemistry, and is a board level consultant who specialises in HR and Organisational development. Trainer, expert in Solution Focus and systemic coaching.

He leads individual and group coaching sessions, management development programmes, trainers’ training and personal development groups. He is an active member of SOLworld community and SFiO. (www.sfio.org)

www.marcomatera.it

Co-Creating a Collaborative Research Project

OPEN SPACE  – Dr. Marco Ronzani and Oliver Schürmann

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

We invite you to participate in a collaborative research project on the impact of SF training. In this workshop we design a simple and easy to use instrument to measure signs of progress after training in solution focused practice. Together we clarify the goal, develop questions and initiate the next step of a worldwide collaborative research project. With your help, we hope to present first results of the project at the following SOL World Conference.

about the contributors

Marco Ronzani is an experienced lawyer, professional negotiator, conflict mediator, consultant and speaker who works internationally in solution focused organizational development, coaches CEOs, executives, teams, couples and families and is a passionate teacher for collaborative communication. He studied law and philosophy in Basel and Bologna and spent several years in research at the Max Planck Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology in Freiburg/Br. He has recently founded the Istituto Marco Ronzani which researches and teaches forms of collaborative communication including solution-focused competence, non-violent communication and systemic structural constellation work.

Oliver Schürmann is a psychologist and has worked as a empirical researcher at the University of Basel, Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, specializing in cognitive science and decision making. He works as a coach, trainer, consultant and scientific advisor at the Istituto Marco Ronzani.

Sparking inspiration – SF Intervision

Thursday (10:00-11:00)  – Paut Kromkamp

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

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.

about the contributor

Discovered Solution Focus about ten years ago, started out as an SF consultant and trainer and never looked back. Having great fun discovering ever more applications: in business, in organisations, leadership, teams and coaching. SF fits with what I’ve always held dear: respect for others is key to living well. And there is no greater joy than seeing others reach their potential.

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

Friday (10:15-11:15)  – Peter Szabó

Three good morning stories

Saturday (9:00-10:00)  – Peter Szabó

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

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.

Three good morning stories

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.

 

about the contributor

I just spent the last two years collecting stories about the ability of others to re-tune when life does not stick to plan. My traditional credentials in state of the art SF coaching behavior has been extended by a new superpower of unhinged curiosity: how long did clients take to re-tune? and: what kind of things happened during their re-tuning?

Solution Focus in 3-D

OPEN SPACE  – Petra Müller-Demary

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

In solution focused coaching we use mainly verbal and non-verbal language. And there is so much more! What becomes possible when we introduce the language of space into our practice? Micro-constellations offer a whole new dimension to Solution focused coaching. Coaching in 3 dimensions.

about the contributor

Passionate about SF I am working with organizations and individual clients as a coach and consultant. I am very curious how we construct our perception of the world and I am excited about how we can support our clients to construct a better and more useful one. SF and constellations work are here my main resources. As member of the Solutionsurfers faculty I run regular ICF accredited courses in Romania and support the SF community building in CEE countries.

Coaching and Technology

Thursday (10:00-11:00)  – Roxana Milas & Petra Müller-Demary

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

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.

about the contributor

Roxana HR lead for Microsoft Romana and a passionate solution focused coach.

What is and what isn’t “Agile Coaching”

Friday (11:40-13:00) – AGILE  – Ralph Miarka & Veronika Kotrba

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

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.

about the contributor

We wrote the book on “Agile Teams lösungsfokussiert coachen” – Ralph is an “Agile Coach” while Veronika is a solution-focused coach. Ralph is also a trained and practicing s-f coach and Veronika works also with agile teams.

The Zone of Productive Change

Thursday (11:30-12:30) – AGILE  – Shakya Kumara / Roy Marriott

Solutions Focus Doesn’t Mean Focusing on Solutions!

SOL TALK  – Shakya Kumara / Roy Marriott

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

The Zone of Productive Change

In this workshop (usually called “Generating Change without Generating Resistance”), we cover:
• Scenarios where we’re experiencing Resistance
• Antipatterns to change – and how to avoid them
• The Zone of Productive Change – and how to expand it
• Engagement and motivation for change – and how to generate it
• A 7 step model for Generating Change without generating Resistance

This is a practical workshop, so please bring along a live example of change you’re wanting to generate – where there either is or could be some resistance.

As we go through the workshop you’ll be applying the exercises to your specific example, generating new perspectives and possible action steps. The aim is that by the end of the 90 minutes you’ll have identified a small step you can take back at work to really make a difference.

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

about the contributor

I’ve been using SF since 1993, training managers and coaches in SF since 2005, mainly with Mark McKergow and Jenny Clarke’s SFWork, and Kirsten Dierolf’s Solutions Academy.
I’ve created a number of SF models, including iFLOW Time Mastery, RADAR anti-procrastination, MAGIC negotiation, R4 Delegation, Brief Mindfulness stress reduction/focus enhancement and the ORA solution focus lens.
My current focus is on applying SF to the world of Agile software development and Agile Transformation. In this world I’ve changed my name (back) to Roy Marriott – but many of you know me by my Buddhist name of Shakya Kumara.
My background is tech (degree in Computer Science from Cambridge University, 7 years research for Hewlett-Packard, consultancy for BBC, Phillips, ARM) and my clients over the years include Avesta Commun (Sweden), Bain Consulting, BT, Bupa, Cambridge University, European Patent Office, and many others around the UK and northern Europe.

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I’m on the training teams of both SF Work (Mark McKergow and Jenny Clarke) and Solutions Academy (Kirsten Dierolf).
I’ve created many SF models, e.g. iFLOW time mastery, MAGIC negotiation, R4 delegation, Brief Mindfulness, RADAR un-procrastination, ZPC Change.
I’ve worked with clients from organisations such as Bain, Bupa, Microsoft, Nestle, VW and others around the UK and Northern Europe.

The Power of Positive Delta = [+∆] (aka Meaningful Delta)

Thursday (13:30-15:00)  – Yoram Galli

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

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.

about the contributor

Connector by mission, Senior OD consultant and Team psychologist by occupation, his PhD’s research was on “The usefulness of the Solution-Focused approach to Team Development”, Team Expert and SF expert, SOLworld steering group member (since 2003).

Mindfulness and SF

Saturday (9:30-9:15)  – Wolberger Szilvi

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

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.

about the contributor

I like to think of myself as a (re)solution partisan, facilitating disentanglement of emotionally charged and complex situations. Officially, I work as a mindfulness educator and a brief coach.

Let it happen or New Twists on Classic Big Group Activities

Friday (8:30 pm – 9:30 am)  – Janine Waldman and Paul Z. Jackson

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

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.

about the contributors

JANINE WALDMAN

I have over 20 years’ experience in executive coaching and training. Having previously held senior HR positions in the UK and New Zealand, I also have a wealth of expertise in organisational development and change management.

My speciality is bringing about positive change and implementing constructive ways of working. I am a frequent conference presenter, contribute to management journals and have co-authored a book.

PAUL Z JACKSON

Paul Z Jackson is a leader in the application of improvisation in the UK and around the world. Co-founder and President of the Applied Improvisation Network, he designs and leads projects, workshops and training programmes that transform lives by developing collaborative skills.

His passion for bringing out the best in people has led to work as a mentor, coach and trainer of trainers and facilitators. He draws on his experiences in journalism, comedy production and the BBC to create impactful, story-rich events that connect directly to the needs of the participants.