Change Using your Strengths: That's a change!


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  • Delta thinking goes: “In what direction would I like to be? What would  perfect  look like? How far along am I? How on earth did I even get this far? Wow, look what’s alredy working! even though I maybe feel possibly miserable about it? How can I make a tiny little  delta  bit of progress along that gradient from where I am?” The important thing with the Delta method is not to look at the “perfect” place, but only to notice what moves you a small (delta) distance from where you are. Microplanning: P LATFORM What is your concern? What is the broader task or job? What is its purpuse? How does your concern affect this purpose? L OOK AT THE POSSIBLE FUTURE Supposed, you have worked out a solution: What is your best hope to see happen then as a result of this solution?  What is the least that you need to see happen? U TILIZE PREVIOUS SUCCESS How did you manage it till now to “live” with the recent situation? When in the past was it (sometimes) a bit better?  How did you contribute to this “positive differences”? S TEPPING THE SCALE What can you do now to go further?  What needs to come as the very first step? Microevaluation: U TILIZE SUCCESS (SEARCH) What were the best things you did? What would others say was the best? U TILIZE SUCCESS (STABILIZE AND AFFIRM) How did you do that? What did you learn from it? S TEPPING THE SCALE What will you do more of as a result of this? What needs to come as the very first step?  What will you do differently as a result of this? What needs to come as the very first step? = An other possibility to try it out is  THE PROGRESS BLUEPRINT
  • Change Using your Strengths: That's a change!

    1. 1. Solution Focused V1.1Change using your Strenghts: That’s a Change! Ben Linders 1
    2. 2. Solution Focused Approach What you currently imagine “perfect” to be . How did you get this far? Celebrate it! How can you use that to get a smidgy bit further?• Source: Delta Method, by Alistair Cockburn 2
    3. 3. How does Solution Focused work?• Assume that people are doing things the right way• Storytelling: Have people tell about what is working. Why is it working, under which circumstances?• Stimulate by giving sincere compliments, help him/her by recognizing results. Positive feedback!• How does the perfect solution look? How can you make a small step in the right direction? 3
    4. 4. The solution is no problem!• Strengths – Successes, what works? Why? – Start right away, here and now – Capabilities, Energy & Motivation – Rhinelands Thinking• Collaboration – The action is in the interaction – Possibilities, win-win 4
    5. 5. Apply Solution Focused in the IT Game
    6. 6. Solution Focused: Retrospective• How did you get this far?• What do you imagine perfect to be?• Small step! – What is going well? – What did you do? How? Why? – Which Strengths? Applied? 6
    7. 7. More information Solution Focused• Blogs (in Dutch) – Veranderen vanuit je sterktes: Da’s Anders! – Resources of professionals? – Motivatie in veranderprojecten• Boeken – The Solution Focus, the simple way to positive change – Oplossingsgericht Leidinggeven (Dutch)• Websites – Sharing and Building Solution Focused Practices 7
    8. 8. veranderproject.nlis an initiative by Ben Linders, André Heijstek and Michel Verweij 8