Great Gatherings

jesperJesper Christiansen

This is a workshop for people who work with groups of 30+ or people who want to work with larger groups and maybe even considering to organize a conference. You’ll get inspiration and ideas on how to involve large groups focused on three simple principles:

1. Activate people’s resources before you start
2. let go and make room for the forward moving forces
3. fishing in the future: make sustainable endings

You will discover how much you already know and get practical tools on how to plan and facilitate. To gain further insights check out  a mini-interview made with Jesper Christiansen.



Constructive Rant – A Tool to Quickly Refocus Teams on the Positive

John BrookerJohn Brooker

If you are faced with a demotivated, cynical or negative team of people and you have to run a meeting with them, you will find this a very useful tool to quickly change them into a more constructive state and create a positive environment. I have used this many times with teams, as have others who have learned it, and it has worked well every time.

I will explain how to use the tool, you will experience it in action, and I will answer all of your questions and concerns about running it.

This will be participative, partially outdoors (if no rain) and enjoyable. Please bring along a coat if cool (the weather not the coat). To gain further insights check out  a mini-interview made with John Brooker.



Introducing SF into organisations

jennyJenny Clarke

What’s the best way to introduce Solutions Focus to your organisation? A formal programme? A rumour? Or some other point on this “Stimulus Spectrum”?  What would arouse the most interest and curiousity? What would be a Solution Focused approach to introducing Solution Focus?

In this session we’ll explore the whole range of possibilities for engaging your colleagues in the Solution Building approach, to help you find the “sweet spot” for your own particular situation and organisation. To gain further insights check out  a mini-interview made with Jenny Clarke.




Leader as Host – a solution-focused leadership metaphor

Mark 2010 medMark McKergow

The application of SF ideas to leadership produces an interesting paradox – if ‘every case is different’, then how are we to think about leadership?  There is, fortunately, a way out of this difficulty via a new yet ancient metaphor – the Leader as Host, and the host as leader.  In this workshop Mark will share some key elements of the host leaderdship concept and explore how many aspects are shared with SF practice.  Participants will be able to connect their understandings of SF to leadership in time where things are fast-moving and complex, and change is happening all the time. To gain further insights check out  a mini-interview made with Mark McKergow.




SF Change Game: an extract from our learning centre for SF Change Agents

dr susanne burgstallerSusanne Burgstaller , Elfriede Czerny, Susanne Juma

We believe that by adopting the SF approach to change in organisations you can manage to change more with less. How is this done?

In this workshop we would like to introduce you to the main SF ideas about change in organisations. Share our preliminary findings about what SF change agents do to be effective. Find out your ideas about what is necessary for efficient and effective (SF) change in organisations. Show you an interactive learning tool from our learning center for SF change agents, the “change game”, and play it with you. Share some fun exercises on change with you. Participants can learn about efficient and effective SF change practices in organisations from us and each other while they’ll be discovering some cool tools and exercises. To gain further insights check out  a mini-interview made with Susanne Burgstaller.


Coaching with a board game

KOMÓCSIN LAURALaura Komócsin   Brigitta Bánhidi Bánhidi Brigitta

‘Are you an HR professional trying to sell coaching within your organization? Are you a manager struggling with saving a budget for coaching your team or yourself? Have you already refused being coached or strongly feel you don’t need it at all? This workshop is just for everyone who loved being a kid when all serious topics could be easily addressed in games and want to enjoy an hour in the company of some 7-8 alike. To gain further insights check out  a mini-interview made with Brigitta Bánhidi and Laura Komócsin.



Solution Focused Teamcoaching

5Kirsten Dierolf

Participating the workshop you will be able to support teams in a professional, solution focused way. Whatever the initial request – starting a team, strategy development, outsourcing, change in company strategy, changes in the market, new team members, return from sick leave, improving collaboration, improving results, conflict in a team – you will be able to help your customers with ease, elegance and a lot of fun.
We will deal with basic assumptions for SF teamcoaching, differences to individual coaching, our teamcoaching model described in a case study, questions and your cases. To gain further insights check out  a mini-interview made with Kirsten Dierolf.


Work motivation

Mark 2010 medDainius Baltrušaitis

Psychology of work motivation is aiming at explaining why people behave in organizations the way they do. There are different motivation theories and perspectives searching for an answer to this question. In the same way, leaders and managers in organizations are searching for an answer to this question in order to get their people more engaged and committed towards organization and its goals. This workshop is a journey on exploring in what ways the Solutions Focus influence and support autonomous motivation of employees. It is an invitation to share practices, experiences and successes in using the Solutions Focus to keep movere (latin, to move) within.The workshop is based on research in progress: “Self-determination theory and the Solutions Focus (SF): using SF in supporting autonomous motivation”


Doing less with more – when the fee is part of the intervention

5Peter Szabo

Discover the paradox of value based fees. Imagine that you are not payed by the multitude and length of time that you devote to support an organization but by the added value that is created for this organization.
Peter is currently experimenting with such fee models, where the first homework task for the client organization is to calculate their desired added value, define first observable signs of progress in the wanted direction and also find indicators for a sustainable trend in the new direction.
The emphasis is on the desired outcome and client and consultant both client and consultant are interested in minimal effort to get there.
Value based fees represent a big opportunity for consultants to become redundant more quickly and for clients to do what they do with increased ease and increased effect.
In this interactive workshop Peter will invite you to experiment with a simple value based fee model applied to your own organizational change initiatives. To gain further insights check out  a mini-interview made with Peter Szabo.


Lighting the fire of development

Petra Müller-DemaryPetra Müller-Demary

In the Spring we were asked to support a group of 75 experienced managers to improve their communication and influencing skills by teaching them models and best practice in a 4 hour session. We took this as a challenge and persuaded the client to use a different approach based on the following principles:

• Successful adults already communicate quite well and it’s worth to take a closer look at what works best in their environment
• Best solutions are customer made. The participants are the ones to decide what they need to change in order to make progress. They are the experts!
• Building up confidence is an essential factor for successful change and development.

The result was a huge success where the participants were highly involved, engaged in useful coaching conversations around their topic and everybody took individual actions steps to make progress. In this workshop today I will share with you how, together with my colleague, we created a learning environment with this large group in a short space of time. As well as hearing about this case study, we will also explore how the ideas are useful in your own context and you will find specific ideas how you can light the fire for development in your own people. To gain further insights check out  a mini-interview made with Petra Müller-Demary.


Resourcefulness rules

5Hannes Couvreur

Making it safer to be successful by helping people, organisations and cities make better use of their own resourcefulness first.

‘Since you cannot forecast collaborations and cannot direct them, you cannot see where the world is going. All you can do is create an environment that facilitates these collaborations, and lay the foundation for prosperity’ (Taleb)
I will show solutions that are born from people’s own response abilities and resourcefulness tend to be less disruptive, more effective, less expensive and more sustainable than many other alternatives external experts can offer. By depriving people of the opportunity to learn and grow by building on what is still there, we risk to deprive them even more of their remaining response abilities and resourcefulness.
This workshop is about the many wonderful things that can happen when people decide to look at others and the world around them in a resourceful way first. How it can be a powerful ally in making people, organisations and even cities thrive.