New chapter: Flow elements

Flow elements (more truly it should be called “It’s alive!” though) After having re-written this chapter from scratch four times it’s finally ready to be presented. Not even in it’s final state but you’ll get a clear idea of what it’s about. In this chapter you will find descriptions of activities that helps you (and your participants) find resource’s, set goals, affirm and develop ideas and clarify next steps. Coming up next: what do you do when a client (or your boss) wants you to organise and facilitate an event? And when you ask for the goal he either waves some old dusty vision statements at you or says “we need something different”. Well you can turn around and run away, put a helmet on and say “yes, Sir!”, change your job or… you can get help from some good solution focused questions. Till then enjoy!...

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And now to something slightly different

While you are waiting for me to finished the next chapter I thought you might be interested in an Danish article that I’ve just got translated to english. I wrote it for the Danish Ministry of Education and is based on interviews I did with a project group I facilitated for almost two years. I’ts called: “Can you dance you name? – about teachers, teaching and learning environments” Download the article here. You don’t have to be teaching children, young people or university/college students to find it interesting (or even inspiring). If you ocassionally involve elements of training in your consultancy jobs I’m sure you’ll find inspiration there too....

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“Brief” in solution focus

I got a mail. And then I started thinking because of this mail. And then I asked if I could publish this short mail correspondence. Got a yes, made a small editorial intervention to make the text more obvious. I hope you will find just as inspiring as I do. Thank you Svea for mailing! Be aware that Svea asks to field of coaching and I answer in the field of large groups/consultancy. That’s what I call useful misunderstandings.   11/10/2012 | Svea van der Hoorn wrote:   Hi Jesper, What pricked my curiosity is your decision to use the name “briefcoach.net”. I’d appreciate some discussion with you about what Brief signals for you different from Solution-focus/ed in relation to coaching. This is a discussion I keep returning to and recently at SOL I was surprised to hear that because many people associate “brief” with “brief therapy” and they don’t want the “therapy” reference they throw out brief too. I looked across the pages to see in what way you refer to “brief” but didn’t find anything – only solution-focus?? So, now very curious. Thanks Svea   12/10/2012 | I then made these (to me) useful misunderstandings:   Hi Svea, Thanks for the questions! To be honest I haven’t given it much thought. Until you send me this mail. I’m not sure if you ask to the coaching part...

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Update: Preparing flow

This chapter is basically about the practicalities in organising a large group event. In other words it’s about infrastructure. Next chapter coming up is about when you start using the advantages of this kind of setup in your process. Share...

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Update

From the workshop in Oxford at the 10th annual conference of SOLworld I bring you the first chapters of the book, thanks to great people pushing me (without knowing it). Have a look at SOLW2012 for downloads and The Book for the chapters. Share...

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Group activity: Discovering own resources

Preparation: Simply point out the 1 and 10 in the room. Instruction 1. Think of something you would like to learn/be good at in the upcoming weeks/months/year: – A skill, professional tool, a habit you would like to change etc. – It can be in your work or in your private life. 2. 10 is the CONFIDENCE that you are going to achieve the above goal. 1 is the opposite: Please place yourself on the scale where you are right now. 3. Turn to the person closest to you and share: – What is already clear to you that give you (that much) confidence? – What else? 4. Everybody: Now turn your back to the 1 and look at 10. Please stand 1 higher up the scale. Turn to the one closest to you (might be the same might be different) and share: – How will you know that you have reached this further step? – What will be different? – What else? 5. Everybody: Now turn your back to the 1 and look at 10. Please consider and take position: – How high on the scale do you want to come? – What will be different then? – What else? 6. Everybody: in same pairs. What are your next steps from now?   Share...

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