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SF Activities, Tools & Methods


SF Activities, Tools & Methods

A continuation of the "acitivities-book" in electronic form, for comments on experiences, useful variations and new ideas (for volume 2). And for a discussion on how we apply sf principles in our work by solutionising our toolbox.

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SF activities as examples of good practice

SF activities can be seen as examples of good practice in consulting and coaching. They can show us ways to apply sf principles and ideas to challenging situations in workshops and trainings. And our experience shows, that sf activities can translate our work from rather hard and stressful to rather light and successful. You will find examples for this in this interview.Clarke-Introduction.pdf

So talking about activities could help us to simplify and facilitate our working situations – and lead to more effectiveness and satisfaction with the clients. The SOLWorld-community with its inherent spirit of sharing has from its very beginnings focused on the exchange of experience. So it was about time to document the state of the art by compiling a collection of useful activities in a book.

Solutionsbooks has just published this collection as “57 sf activities for facilitators and consultants – Putting SF into action” and at the same time we have a German version with the title of “Solution Tools” published by managerSeminare. About 50 experienced sf practitioners from all over the world have contributed to this book, describing activities in their proper context and with personal comments.

As a book always is static this group could continue and update our knowledge about good activities. So as a member of this group you could
- comment on experiences you made with certain activities: what worked for you and your clients, what surprised you and what did you learn from it?
- add useful variations, simplifications or upgrades that you and your clients found while exploring certain activities,
- add new ideas you created and make first contributions to volume 2 of the activities book (you can download soon a template for the descriptions, that will make it easier to read and write).

And I would like to start a discussion on how we apply sf principles in our work – how far can we go in solutionising our toolbox, what else do we need to stay on track and where might be limits to convert traditional methods into sf activities. I will ask my co-editor Jenny Clarke to make an article available for download about “How do you add SF to your toolkit?” that I wrote together with Kirsten Dierolf that might be provocative enough to start this discussion.

Tools and methods are nothing without the foundation in a solid and proven approach. And - as Mathias Varga puts it “without the continuation and development of new forms of practice these foundations would stay empty like thoughts without contents”. So my best hopes are, that this discussion group could contribute to preserve the power and inner unity of our approach.

Peter Röhrig
Bonn, 30 May 2008

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Comment by Hans-Peter Korn on March 3, 2009 at 20:34
This "Planning Poker Cards" are a really simple an nice tool ... try it out!
Comment by Loraine Kennedy on November 7, 2008 at 15:16
Thanks for this Carole, sounds good will await a chance to try it.
Comment by Carole Waskett on October 26, 2008 at 15:42
Hello, One of my favourite activities which I use early in the day for teaching something like peer supervision is:
Get into pairs, decide who is A and who is B
As are the interviewers. I ask the As to come outside the room with me, and brief them like this: "You are going to invite your partner to talk about a period of change in their life - any time in their life, any kind of change (not too anxious-making). Then you'll have 10 minutes to find out all about that change, Your job is to help them tell the story, not to have a 2-way conversation. Your other, secret job is to notice any strengths, resources, good qualities which may be demonstrated as they tell the story - to help you remember, you may want to take brief notes about these.
They go back to their partners and I reassure the Bs that 'this is nothing scary'. They do the exercise; then I ask the Bs first to say how the interviewers helped them to tell the story; next the interviewers feed back what they have noticed (big smiles, laughter!!) and then both discuss what they have learned. What they seem to learn is something about the importance of and effects of being appreciated - a great start to a day after Best Hopes etc.
Best wishes,
Comment by Marco Matera on August 3, 2008 at 11:22
To better read every visualization this is the link
Bye Marco
Comment by Marco Matera on August 3, 2008 at 10:50
dear All,
as you know I'm also a chemist so you can understand my good surprise in this innovation periodic table

A great tool
Bye Marco
Comment by Carin Mussmann on July 8, 2008 at 22:47
we just startet with our group sf at university level (in Switzerland) and one of our goals is to develope lots of tools and tecnics for our lectures. Perhaps we can share in about some month, by Carin
Comment by Carin Mussmann on June 12, 2008 at 12:19
What a great input. Lets start to work everything out. I'm going to add my experience with appreashive observation at work next time. Carin
Comment by Sue Lickorish on June 9, 2008 at 22:54
Thanks Petra, I will certainly try this out!
Sue :-)
Comment by Loraine Kennedy on May 31, 2008 at 20:47
Thank you Petra,for a wonderful description of a wonderful exercise. Let's do more of what works!!
Comment by Petra Nickels-Lauterbach on May 30, 2008 at 18:43
Dear Peter, today I had a short email conversation with Bert who attended at my 'activity market' exercise in Cologne. He aske for a description of this exercise. And I thought there should be a forum at for sharing ideas, practices, exercises, etc. - And here it is! Thank you for knowing and taking action. Petra For everybody interested in a short, funny 'Introduction Session'':
Workshop Introduction Exercise with fun.doc

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