Solution Focused Coaching finding solution that last create learning team building and leadership

We cannot know + control + understand all the outcomes that may / will happen. This is where judgment & using process (actions) while examining results (outcomes) shows that when a group of smart people work together, with the proper context & tools, great things can happen. This is innovation & people working to their full capacity.

  • Work is interactional
  • Systems-Drive-Behavior. When your Organization Design & Work System is broken you will see broken outputs… people will continue to try & succeed in spite of this brokenness.
  • Knowledge of what works & how to improve it – is interactional & understood in shared stories of why & how, who, & what happened
  • Trying to capture “Best Practices” then export them to workplaces, processes & people that are different from where that best practice happened can lead to fads & panaceas.
  • Breakthroughs happen when people combine share or co-develop multiple pieces of knowledge from ‘what works’ + ‘what does not work’
  • The more layers of hierarchy & management you have pushing on the work. The more people create short cuts & work around to get the work done.
  • The people who are involved in the work are generally the experts in the work. Information should be shared with them & they should have resources + autonomy to decide what to improve.
  • It helps to have a manager who is “big enough” & a company that is Trust Attracting
Positivist Paradigm vs. Naturalist Paradigm
Positivist Naturalist
REALITY is single, tangible, & fragmentable. REALITIES are multiple, constructed, & holistic.
KNOWER & known are independent, a dualism. KNOWER & known are interactive, inseparable.
TIME-free & CONTEXT-free generalizations are possible. Only TIME-bound & CONTEXT-bound working hypotheses are possible.
Inquiry is value-FREE Inquiry is value-BOUND
  • Lincoln & Guba Naturalistic Inquiry 1985 page 37.
Isn’t this some post-modernistic woo-woo garbage?

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I don’t think so…
  • There is NO denial of reality external to human thinking
  • NO claim about ‘eternal souls’
  • NO ‘Magical Serum’ that will cure all that ails ‘ya
  • NO claim that you can attract your desire through visualization & actualization
  • NO excessive positivist belief that negative thoughts repel progress
  • NO assessment that places you into behavioral boxes stripped of any context
  • NO relativism argument that ‘how things are’ within your work is OK because some collective agreed that it is OK.
  • NO mention of quantum energy with a weak understanding of what that means.
  • what did I miss?

It is putting work into the hands of experts regardless of rank within the organization

Moving towards an ecological theory of working & flourishing in changing environments where diversity of ideas, skilled-knowledge & stories of ‘what works’ allows for improvement to the work.

This Naturalistic Paradigm, I hope, is a Trust Attracting solution.