Hi, great to discover this site! Following a couple of conversations with Mark McKergow recently, I'm becoming increasingly curious about the relationship between Clean Language and Solutions Focus.
The two approaches seem to share a philosophy, and may have even more in common than that.
Like SF, Clean Language comes from the world of therapy and is moving into the business world. It was devised by the late David Grove, who was working with trauma victims, and turned into a teachable model by Penny Tompkins and James Lawley (Metaphors in Mind, 2000).
One of the innovations Penny and James may have given extra emphasis is 'outcome focussed' thinking - it's not very apparent in recordings of David's early work!
Last year, Wendy Sullivan and I wrote a more 'popular' book on the subject (Clean Language: Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds), and one result of that has been an increasing interest in the use of Clean Language in business contexts.
My company, X-Ray Listening, is all about introducing Clean Language to business, particularly to the IT/new media world. And as I've been teaching it there, I find I've been referencing "The Solutions Focus" regularly.
But I don't claim to be an SF practitioner, just a curious fellow-traveller.
So I wonder if there's anyone here who's experienced both Clean Language and SF and has a view on their relationship?