The Solutions Focus: Making Coaching and Change SIMPLE

The Solutions Focus: Making Coaching and Change SIMPLE

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By (author) Paul Z. Jackson, By (author) Mark McKergow

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  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey International
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 229mm x 21mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 14 December 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1904838065
  • ISBN 13: 9781904838067
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 63,903

Product description

This is a new and updated edition of this acclaimed first business book on the powerful, simple yet subtle approach to positive change in people, teams and organisations. Used around the world by a wide range of people, professions and organisations, the first edition has now sold nearly 10,000 copies and been translated into 7 languages. Including new chapters reflecting the increasing importance of coaching and the solutions focus movement in the business environment, this wide-ranging book is filled with all the most important ideas, case examples and practical tips for managers, facilitators and consultants. Proven in many fields and with a distinguished intellectual heritage, `The Solutions Focus` provides a simple and direct route to progress in your organisation. It focuses on: solutions - not problems; in between: the action is in the interaction; make use of what's there; possibilities - past, present and future; and language. Every case is different. The trouble with traditional approaches to people problems is that they assume a straightforward relationship between cause and effect, between a problem and its solution. A solutions-focused approach sidesteps the search for the causes of a problem and heads straight for the solution, showing you how to envisage your preferred future and quickly takes steps forward. The authors present a set of practical techniques, including specific forms of questioning that lead to immediate action and results. They show how to identify what is working in your organisation and amplify it to make useful changes; to focus on what is possible rather than what is intractable and how to be solution focused, not solution forced.

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Author information

Paul Z. Jackson is an independent training consultant with a wide variety of clients in both the public and private sectors. He has variously been a print journalist, senior producer at the BBC and university lecturer. He is also the author of Impro Learning. Mark McKergow has a PhD is physics and is now a consultant specialising in accelerated learning, management development and business strategy.

Review quote

`All good coaches focus on potential, affirmation and solutions. This book is a must. It is simple, easy to read and filled with illustrative examples` Sir John Whitmore, author of Coaching for Performance