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The Solution Focused Approach has proven to be a very powerful and successful approach to deal with complexity, problems and change. It is transforming coaching, consulting, management and leadership in organisations all over the world. The approach aims to discover “what works” in a given situation, simply and practically. The focus on what’s wanted, what’s going well and practical progress leads to a culture of collaboration and long lasting results. The foundation of the Solution Focused approach has been made possible by the work of Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg. Their therapeutic work started in the late seventies ('Brief Therapy' and later 'Solution Focused therapy).
Now it has succesfully evolved into other other workfields such as coaching, management, and consultancy. The emphasis is on finding lasting solutions by building on competences and strengths and recognising signs of progress.
We see a close connection between the Solution Focused approach and Resilience. Resilience is the art of going with the flow of change, of facing obstacles (or challenges) and of discovering growth opportunities. When you are trained to use the Solution Focused approach in your daily interactions and especially at work, you will experience that your teams and your organisation thrive better and find better ways to deal with problems. What is so typical about resilient workers?
Being caught in the midst of rapidly changing and turbulent times, resilient workers are able to acknowledge and face the difficulties. They stay focused on new opportunities that arise and make use of what is there: resources, know how, skills, strengths and assets. They find out what is necessary to survive and adapt to the new situation and needs. They work with what works and change what is no longer working in a very co- operative, constructive and straightforward way.
"Solutions Focus is a remarkable approach to generating progress. When this approach is used with people, they consistently find themselves clearer about their direction, more confident in their strengths and more ready to take immediate, effective action."
"Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie which we ascribe to heaven."
William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well