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Several politicians have said they want to be uniters instead of dividers but have not been very convincing. Obama has been convincing because his life and his campaign have shown examples of how he indeed is becoming a uniter. When tested, he has shown courage, mildness to individuals and consistency. This is what makes leaders like Nelson Mandela and Barrack Obama irresistible: they invite us to bridge gaps and rise above ourselves and obstacles while we can actually observe them doing that themselves. I don't believe in Utopia and I believe the importance of leadership is often overestimated. This means that during Obama's presidency, problems will remain, challenges will be great, and mistakes will be made. But I do believe in progress, in the possibility of improving the situation we are in. I feel this is progress. It's awesome!
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Also read: Not-knowing made easier
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- Introduction describing the kind of problem/population for the practice with credit for ideas (focus on ideas, not lists of references)
- Description of the intervention
- Example of how a client system might respond (not a full case study)
- Conclusion that includes a discussion of contraindications
Thorana is interested in descriptions of practices in therapy, coaching, consultation, wherever sf is used. She's also interested in submissions that are smaller, quick reads of interesting ideas. Email her if you have an idea that you'd like to check out: firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 14, 2009
- Because it works. It works as well as any approach that I tried so far, if not better, in terms of outcomes - and at the same time it leads to results in much shorter time
- Because it is scientific (i.e. It has a reasonable evidence-base)
- It takes the stress away for the practitioner. No pressure to come up with a solution. I do not have to have all the solutions, my clients have them for themselves. I love when others are their own experts.
- It is respectful
- I think it fosters auto-efficacy
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I am glad to see that this dynamic and optimistic view of human functioning seems to be winning ground in mainstream psychology. An example is the book Intelligence and how to get it by Dick Nisbett (see my review here). A few days ago I completed an extended review of this book for Interaction, a new journal of solution-focused practice in organizations. In the review I reflect on some parallels between the book and solution-focused assumptions. My review led Kirsten Dierolf (one of the initiators of the magazine) to say it would be good to think of intelligence in terms of a verb.
Interesting... What might we start saying instead of: "John is intelligent"? Mm ... "John intelligizes?, "John intelliges?". "John is smarting?"Any ideas?
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~ Jimmy Wales, wikipedia founder on his blog
Given the title of this blog and the fact that I have written a book called Doen wat werkt (which means Doing what works) you will not be surprised that I like this quote..
- Carol Dweck (author of Mindset, the new psychology of success offers a breakthrough approach to thinking about learning and performance)
- Jeffrey Pfeffer (author of What were they thinking, had management taken his book more seriously there would not have been this financial crisis)
- Joshua Aronson (Stereotype threat researcher: has done some amazing experiments together with Claude Steele)
- Jeffrey Sachs (the earth institute, author common wealth, offers an admirable approach to solving some of the world's biggest problems)
- Robert H. Frank (author of Luxury Fever, offers some unorthodox but very refreshing perspectives on economy)