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The Solutions Focus: Making Coaching and Change SIMPLE Paperback – Illustrated, Dec 14 2006

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  • ASIN : 1904838065
  • Publisher : Quercus; Second Edition (Dec 14 2006)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 228 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9781904838067
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1904838067
  • Item Weight : 350 g
  • Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.22 x 23.5 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 57 ratings

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A classic: the most exciting and applicable approach since Fisher and Uryâ??s Getting to Yes.The logic and ethics of the approach are refreshing and unfortunately all too rare in the corporate world where I do most of my work. It makes so much sense to identify and work with what works.

A focus on solution construction is the core of great coaching.This is a beautifully crafted, elegantly simple approach to applying the power of solutions to organizationsâ??a must-read for coaches and consultants looking for truly effective tools.
Anthony M. Grant, Director, Coaching Psychology Unit, School of Psychology, University of Sydney, Australia, -

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, -

Before I saw this eminently useful and inspiring book for solution-focused work in organizational contexts Iâ??d not have believed that there are sometimes even easier approaches than those already developed by the Milwaukee practitioners. Although â??simpleâ?? doesnâ??t mean â??easy,â?? Jackson and McKergow manage to provide a usable approach for everybody doing practical work in and with organizations.

Easy to read, pragmatic, well laid out and elegantly simple.The approach is nicely uncomplicated, the SIMPLE structure and mnemonic helps to think positively about the problem. I also loved the diagram that visually takes you through the steps that will get you to go from the problem to the future perfect. I know that my copy will probably become well worn as I read and refer to it many times and show it to other people too!

I can think of no better introduction to how solution-focused principles may be applied in organizations. Jackson and McKergow have written a very readable book that draws upon their own practical experiences in turning complex problems into simple solutions that work.This is the sort of book that managers and administrators will keep close at hand, regularly consulting it in dealing with the many challenges that face them. I recommend The Solutions Focus to anyone who is interested in fostering positive organizational change.

I have purchased 20 copies of your book and have made it â??requiredâ?? reading for my Quality and Customer Focused Team. It is amazing how viewing the issue from a â??positiveâ?? solutions focus makes a difference.
Bruce Woodings, Halliburton,Texas, -

I have used the solutions process with a team who were suffering from low morale and feeling that they had little power to solve their problems. I spent 3 hours using your process and it worked like magic. By the end of the process they felt in control, energetic and enthusiastic about tackling their issues.

I look for a book to in some way help improve my personal performance. The great thing with The Solutions Focus is that every time I picked it up it caused me to momentarily stop and think about how I operate and in particular how I could take a more solution-focused approach in my work. Great value from a small book.

Just applying and reapplying the messages and learning from The Solutions Focus has helped me to live my life â??on purposeâ?? and have phenomenal success (both financial and emotional) ever since I first got my hands on a copy.
Dr Emma Langman, Business Excellence Manager, Atkins Highways and Transportation, -

About the Author

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.

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