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Edgar Schein: "SF as a simpicistic reduction of complexity"

Just now I received an announcement for a workshop given by Prof. Edgar Schein ( with the title: "Leadership and Transformation - Leadership in tough times", see

There I can read:
"Sie (= Coaches) setzen Beratung nicht als verkürzte «Quick Fix»-Orientierung ein, wo die kurzzeitortientierte Lösungsfixierung oder Lösungshypnose den Blick für den organisationskulturellen Kontext verlieren lässt.
Dadurch machen Sie sich nicht zum Akteur einer blinden Lösungsfixierung, sondern helfen den Führungskräften oder Klienten, den Blick für den systemischen Kontext zu erweitern. Tools sehen Sie im Kontext von Systemprozessen und nicht als simplizistische Verkürzungen von komplexen Vorgängen."

An interesting - and not quite respectful - "short cut" of SF......

Does anyone have a closer contact to this Prof. Edgar Schein?


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Comment by Hans-Peter Korn on April 27, 2009 at 9:28
Elta, interesting to read about your experiences in that studies and that they paved your way into SF.

A discussion about this blog way active the last few days, see the thread in
As I can see, you are a member of that SOLUTIONS-List also - so, I suppose, you have seen those discussion.
You are welcome to contribute you thoughts to that discussion in the SOLUTIONS-List!

Comment by Elta Boshard on April 26, 2009 at 15:20
I was privileged to have his works together with some of Donald Schön and Chris Argyris prescribed for some post-graduate studies… so his / their influence paved the way for me into a solutions thinking/working way long ago….back in the early ’80.
Coming from and Industrial Psychological background I first came across the term Solution-Focused in the late 80’s or was it the early 90’? How time flies.
Am I coming in too late into this discussion??? I have been working out of town & have not even looked at the list correspondence... what is your specific question? How can I help?
Comment by Hans-Peter Korn on April 23, 2009 at 11:34
Some comments to this blog are here:
(This is the archive of the SOLUTIONS-List)

It seems - as I observe also other contribution in this ning-forum - that there ate more discussions in the SOLUTIONS-List then in this ning-group. Any suggestions or other observations about that?




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