For those that like videos, here is a 6 minutes video about a very recent book regarding Solution Focus: About The Book “Fry The Monkeys Create A Solution“.
The video is a light introduction to the world of Solution Focus and answers the most common questions about it (whether it is about problem phobia for instance).
I have not read it (yet?). What I did read is “Solutions Focus: Making Coaching and Change S.I.M.P.L.E.” which is a great book targeted to a wide range of audiences, from consultants to managers and coaches in differing contexts (individual to small teams to bigger systems, though it is acknowledged that Appreciative Inquiry may be more suited for that purpose). The S.I.M.P.L.E. principles at the heart of Solution Focus are explained as well as the easy tools and the OSKAR coaching framework that can be used for, well, coaching using SF.
Another short and nice article by Coert Visser about question that helps develop a Systems Thinking view of a situation in the mind of the person being asked: DOING WHAT WORKS: Perspective change.
The article doesn’t mentioned systems thinking, this is my link of the tswo subjects, but SF is deeply rooted in the field, so it’s no wonder the roots diffused to the core.
Here is an excellent and well researched blog article: SOLUTION FOCUSED CHANGE: The word ‘talent’. There are reports on the fact that talent and intelligence may be grown and that confidence in this growing possibility actually make it more effective.
Of course, Solution Focus is an approach with roots in these works, so the article on this blog should not come as a surprise :-). I’m currently reading that book, by the way and created the corresponding category on the blog, because I think I’m going to invest more time in this!
What also strikes me is the link with experience. Aren’t we in the field of Constructionism? Isn’t it what the Thinking Production System (aka Toyota production System, TPS or Lean) is also all about?
- Plan an experiment to learn something
- Check the result and seek to understand the results
- Act / Adjust as a consequence
So, not only did Taiichi Ohno enforced doing and having experiences, he also enforced thinking out the results to ensure learning did occur (this is hansei in japanese). In effect, this probably raised intelligence of workers and he didn’t know it at that time (though he probably knew that people not doing things were indeed dumb, given the low opinion he had about most managers! 😉
I build a leaflet out of public internet information available. Here is the result. Feel free to comment below so that I can improve it!
Solution Focus has a lot in common to Appreciative Inquiry as it is also a strength-based approach.
Out of the strength-based approaches to change, there is one which is called “Solution Focus”. Out of a book written by Paul Z Jackson and Mark McKergow, the approach focuses on finding solutions that had, are and would work to solve the problem at hand.
The typical process goes something as follow:
- Establish a platform: convert the problem or issue to an image of what already once worked (kind of similar to Discovery of Appreciative Inquiry)
- Future Perfect: using the miracle question, imagine the perfect future in the case where the issue disappeared overnight.
- Scale: if 10 is Future Perfect and 1 is the opposite, where are you now?
- Look at counters: what resources, knowledge, skills and experience from the Future Perfect is already present today?
- Affirm: affirm current & present counters that can help you move forward.
- Small Actions: what can you do today to move to next step (+1) on the scale and collect more counters?
I did a mindmap out of the material I found on the net and uploaded it onto BiggerPlate. Go check it out!