Session 16 – Solutions Focus approaches to facilitation. Getting the Basics’

Date:  Tuesday 20 October 2020                 Time: 12 noon                         Length:   2 hours

Ian Colley and Andrew Huffer

This session is designed for:         
Emerging facilitators                      Still developing                   Wisdom Keeper                  Everyone

Will this session be recorded?                     No

Session Outline

“I am my best self, because you are listening for the best that is in me”

Solutions Focus is a powerful approach to change and learning. It is deceptively simple to use but grounded in deep insights about human behavior.  At its best, a Solutions Focus conversation is a lively and open interaction between facilitator and participants. It builds on the interests, motivation, energy of participants, to explore and appreciate people’s strengths as a catalyst for learning and change.

Ian (Sydney) and Andrew (Perth) are highly experienced facilitators, with a wealth of experience using Solutions Focus methods and both have trained with UK-based pioneers Paul Z Jackson and Janine Waldman. They will share versions of the methodology that they commonly use in their facilitation practice and provide an experience for participants that sparks ideas for their own facilitation practice.

Key Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Learn how to use a Solutions Focus approach in facilitating group settings
  • Apply these methods in a relevant group facilitation context.
  • Practice the basic steps in a solutions-focus conversation
  • Experience a few tools that support solutions focus
  • Share perspectives on what contexts are most appropriate to SF methods.

How this session contributes to the AFN Community of Practice

SF is a powerful tool for picturing the ‘future perfect’ and identifying small steps to take action and build momentum towards that future. It can be applied to community building for positive culture change and learning. We will sample participants interests and challenges to select cases that are relevant to participants.

Depending on participants interest, we could apply the method directly to building the AFN community of practice.

Toolkit takeaways

A copy of the presentation, including references to tools and background sources for further study

Speaker Biographies

Ian Colley
Ian Colley specialises in change and learning. He commonly deals with ‘tricky’ issues – building common ground between multiple stakeholders, solving difficult problems, creating clarity about uncertain futures. Ian developed his facilitation expertise over 30 years through the design and facilitation of hundreds of projects in business, government and community settings.  He chairs a number of consultative committees for large projects in NSW.

In addition to his consulting practice Ian teaches facilitation and other leadership courses at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Ian Colley, MA (Hons) Qual. (University of Sydney), BA (Flinders University), Graduate Certificate in Change Management (AGSM), Dip Mgnt (UTS), Cert IV Training and Assessment (UTS), Certified Professional Facilitator 2012 (IAF).

Andrew Huffer
Andrew applies a ‘Solutions Focus’ approach to his work. He helps people to identify changes needed, build on what’s working and get results by starting with achievable steps.  He draws upon 26 years of practical experience in working with organisations, teams and communities to deliver stakeholder engagement, facilitation, and professional development services. In this time he has delivered well over 1000 workshops across Australia and beyond.  He has been involved in café businesses with his wife, Georgie, for over 15 years. This provides hands-on experience in business management, client and staff engagement that is adapted in a variety of projects.