27 April 2014

‘What Works Well - An Introduction to Solutions Focus’ with Paul Z Jackson and Janine Waldman | Monday May 12, 2014 | 5.30pm

Facilitators know that conversation is the fundamental unit of change. If you change the conversation, then there’s every chance you’ll change everything that surrounds it. Solutions Focus is a pragmatic, positive and highly effective methodology which can significantly improve communications between individuals, teams and organisations.
Facilitators, coaches, leaders, managers, mediators and other professional groups worldwide are using Solutions Focus as:
  • ·       A direct route to positive results
  • ·       A systematic approach to conversations that makes a big impact wherever there are complex issues with people involved
  • ·       A way of creating respectful and lasting change
Join Paul Z Jackson and Janine Waldman for an engaging and interactive session during which you will:
  • ·       Experience an approach that provides you with tools and techniques to have more effective conversations with clients and colleagues
  • ·       Hear how this well-proven and researched approach is being applied in organisations worldwide
  • ·       Learn how you can make more effective use of time by identifying where to put your attention and what to overlook
  • ·       Practice these skills in short and constructive conversations on live issues
About Paul Z Jackson and Janine Waldman
Paul Z Jackson, MA Oxon, and Janine Waldman, Msc FCIPD are directors of The Solutions Focus, which provides coaching, training and consultancy. Since 2002 they have been helping individuals and teams make best use of resources to achieve the outcomes they want. 
They apply solutions focus tools and techniques to team leadership, performance management, strategic planning and people-related change processes.

Paul and Janine can be contacted by email: contact@thesolutionsfocus.co.uk , or visit the website www.thesolutionsfocus.co.uk   or http://www.growthleadership.com.au/ to find out about courses they are running in Australia in May.

3 April 2014

“Grounded Questions” with Dr. Mark Strom | Monday April 14, 2014 | 5.30pm

Handout from Mark Strom Session

Our guest facilitator for April is Mark Strom. Have you seen Mark’s TEDX talk on Grounded questions? If not catch it here http://markstrom.co/keynotes/
Grounded questions are such a powerful concept for facilitators and anyone leading change.
“A grounded question makes us reach behind abstract explanations into lived experience. Abstract questions only need bullet points. Grounded questions take us to stories”. http://markstrom.co/blog/ . Also try Marks Blog Post on 10 ways to find a Powerful Grounded Question http://markstrom.co/10-ways-to-find-a-powerful-grounded-question/.
About Dr. Mark Strom
Mark Strom loves life-giving ideas. He has a rare gift for sparking and animating new conversations. Mark has been doing this for over twenty-five years with parents and communities, and with business, government and not-for-profit leaders.
A story-teller with a PhD in the history of ideas, Mark’s ability to breathe new life into ideas and conversations is grounded in his own story.
Mark’s new book is ‘Lead With Wisdom: How Wisdom Transforms Good Leaders into Great Leaders’ http://markstrom-co.myshopify.com/products/lead-with-wisdom

Venue:  [Our usual venue]
University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Jones Street, Ultimo corner Thomas Street. Room 5.580 Level 5, Building 10, Take the lift to level 5, cross the atrium footbridge, walk straight ahead to room 580.
From 5:30pm to 7:30pm sharp | No RSVP - Just turn up
Enquiries | Greg Jenkins greg@tincanlearning.com | 0418 486 501 or Sharon McGann  0414 537 305 sharon@apassion.com.au