Focusing on problems makes you an expert in what’s wrong. To become an expert in what’s right, you must be able to guide others toward progress. Join us and Mike Cardus, an organizational development expert and facilitator for our Executive Exchange program, for this interactive workshop. Find out how the solution-focused SOLVED coaching method will help you draw on the individual talents and abilities of your team members and find ways to develop a team sustainably and systematically.
1. A research-based process to coach yourself and make progress through complex challenges
2. Strategies and tools for improving the performance of any team
3. An innovative, proven approach to managing complexity and change in teams
4. A coaching model that can be applied to organizations, teams, and individuals
5. How these methods have been applied in leading organizations across the world, including banks, military, manufacturing, retail, law enforcement, non-profit, and small businesses
S – When you are doing what you want to have happen, where are you
spending your time and energy?
O – How will other notice this difference?
L – On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being you are doing these things and 1
being the opposite, where are you?
V – What are you currently noticing that keeps you at a _?
E – Where are you currently achieving these things? How does your effort
effect other people?
D – What will you do next, and when can we meet to discuss what you
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Project Aristotle shows that the best teams at Google exhibit a
range of soft skills:
3.curiosity toward the ideas of your teammates,
4.empathy, and emotional intelligence.
5.And topping the list: emotional safety. No bullying. To succeed,
each and every team member must feel confident speaking up
and making mistakes. They must know they are being heard.
- Washington Post – “The surprising thing Google learned about its employees — and what it means for today’s students”
“People often find it difficult to stop trying to solve a problem
because ‘deep down’ they (we) stick to thinking that an
explanation is both realizable and indispensable if a problem
is to really be solved.
Solutions to problems are frequently missed because they
often look like mere preliminaries; we end up searching for
explanations believing that without an explanation a solution
is irrational, not recognizing that the solution itself is its own
– Steve de Shazer
Constructing Solutions Create & notice solutions in
reference to the problems.
Building on Success When something works,
do more of it.
Illuminating Resources Ask about and uncover
competencies and skills.
Finding new Perspectives Change the focus of your
No probing questions about the past … … however, questions about shaping the
How did the problem arise? What do you need to solve this issue
Who caused the problem? When your problems are solved satisfactorily,
what exactly will be different?
What is the worst aspect of this issue? How could you behave differently in the
Why? What behavior would indicate to other
people that you have reached your goal?
A: Shares challenge or
problem with the team
B: Asks, “How can we be
most helpful to you?”
B: going left to right one
person asks a S question,
next an O, next an L, next
a V, next an E.
A: Responds in turn to
B: going right to left each
person shares what
impressed them, or
admire about A
A: Listens and says
A: Turns their back to the
B: Talks for 3 minutes
about what they would
do or what they feel A
A: Listens and takes notes
A: after 3 minutes is
invited back. Shares what
was useful or stood out
with the group.
B: Asks A a D question or
how they will notice
A = person being coached – Coachee
B = coaching team – Coach(es)
How do you solve my
problem with a question?