Our first Solution Focus Case Study book!

The best hope about the book is that employees in organizations, leaders, coaches, advisors are going to find attractive examples as well as inspiration about the lightness and simplicity, variety and flexibility coming from solution focus (SF) process.

This collection of articles shows international experience of applying Solution Focus in team coaching and organizational development all around the world as well as interviews with leaders using SF in their everyday work. 

Table of Contents


1. One Swallow Makes Summer

1.1. Chris Iveson: 51 Reasons to Run Away

1.2. Dominik Godat: The Success Bell

1.3. Weiland Veronika: There's No Way Out

1.4. Susanne Burgstaller: Pioneering a New HR Tool in a Banking Group 

1.5. Katalin Hankovszky Christansen : The Turning Point

2. When Leaders Initiate Change

2.1. Kornél Csajtai: Lightness and Simplicity

2.2. Henrik Walther: Oskar

2.3. Pavel Vitek& Leoš Zatloukal:: The Dream of a CEO

2.4. Kata Gábor: Success Quantifiable in Figures

2.5. Monika Houck: A Company That Makes a Positive Difference

2.6. Christof Zimmermann: Just Wait in Silence

Daniel Meier on SF Teamcoaching

3. How to Change Solidified Structures

3.1. Jesper H.Christiansen: From Frustration to Cooperation

3.2. Éva Kovács: KOOP – A School Project

3.4. Mónika Göntér: Coaching in Three Hours 

3.5. Gabi Szabó: The bond  - The Marriage of Solution Focus and Psychodrama

3.6. Andrea Török: Coaching Inside the Organization

Paul Z Jackson on SF Organizational Development

4. Large Scale Interventions

4.1. Marco Ronzani: Respect Virus

Javuló soft faktorokon keresztül termelékenység, hatékonyság és szervezeti dinamizmus növekedés

4.2. Hannes Couvreur: Resourcefullness Rules

4.3. Henrietta Heiszmann: Company Culture Change

4.4. Janine Waldman &  Alison Abington: From Coaching Conversation to Organizational Change

4.5. Niklas Tiger: Collecting What's Working 

4.6. Adrian Honegger: It's Safe to Fail

5. Generating Directions

5.1. Jenny Clarke: Solution Focus in a Small Business

5.2. Éva Porpáczy: Defending the Citadel or the Power of Pictures

5.3. Elvira Kalmár: Executive Teamcoaching

5.4. Klára Lapu: The Sunshine Boys – It’s No Fairy Tale, My Son!

5.5. George Agafitel & Carmina Smith: Teamcoaching for Revitalizing the Main Product

5.6. Natalie Polgar: Startup Roller Coaster in the ‘Trough of Sorrow’

 Anton Stellamans on SF leadership

6. Solution Focused Organizations

6.1. Aoki Yasuteru: The J-SOL Story

6.2. Gracia McGrath: Achieve Everything You're Capable of

6.3. Martin van Gogh: Solution Focused Leadership Improves Profit!

6.4. Hans Christian Nielsen: Solution Focus Suits Me

7. Modus Operandi

7.1. Petra Müller-Demary: How to Coach 68 CFO's

7.2. Dainius Baltrušaitis: Large Group Intervention

7.3. Paolo Terni: Getting Out of The Way

7.4. Peter Szabó: Brief and Effective

7.5. Dóra Pekár: Solution Focused Organization Snapshot

8. Lessons Learnt

8.1. Kirsten Dierolf: How Solution Focus Influences Learning Design

8.2. Ben Furman: Art of Helping People

8.3. Haesun Moon: Five Moving Parts

8.4. Áron Levendel &Elvira Kalmár: How to Become Trainer in Eight Days

8.5. Enikő Tegyi: Resilience in Turbulent Situations

8.6. Peter Rendes & Kirsten Dierolf:  Creating an Internal Training Academy

The interviews presented in the book offer us something else than a future perfect vision of how SF leadership could
look like in practice. They offer us very concrete testimonials of how leaders use sf in their work.
— Anton Stellamans)
I wish you as you scan, read and study the case examples at least as much inspiration as I experienced! While small and large pearls are to be found!
— Daniel Meier
This is a book about organisational change.
The solution focused approach came to the organisational change world from the therapy room. It is a very specific approach, devised in the mid to late 1980s as part of the interactional brief therapy tradition by Steve de Shazer, Insoo Kim Berg, their colleagues at the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee and others. It’s not (even if it sometimes looks like it) about being positive. It’s not about looking on the bright side. It’s not even about finding solutions. In the interactional tradition, we look for the ways in which meanings are continually created, moulded and evolved in everyday conversation.
An ‘organisation’ is not really as solid as it sounds – it is a group of people engaged in organising, which is a continuous process (even if things seem very stuck at a particular point). By changing the conversations, the questions, the responses, we cannot but change the organisation.
How much, to whose advantage, to what end – well, these are aspects of the work you will find within these pages. And what is SF? Well, you’ll know it when you see it, and you’ll see it very well shown here.
— Mark McKergow

The editors

The editors Katalin Hankovszky and Natalia Polgar invited solution focus practitioners to tell their stories, share their best practices and reflections on their work. 

Natalia Polgar

Natalia Polgar

Katalin Hankovszky

Katalin Hankovszky