How to Create Collective Impact with Solution Focus Mentoring

I recently heard ‘We’re restructuring so mentoring can’t possibly work until we’ve decided on the new structure, the organizational culture, etc.’  This from an organization that already had a successful mentoring programme in place! Part of the argument was that there needed to be better definitions of mentoring and coaching! Mentoring has been around for a … Continue reading How to Create Collective Impact with Solution Focus Mentoring

The Silo is Dead. Long Live the Silo!

  First: organizational silos are not a bad thing. They are created by pools of expertise, required in matrix organizations and in compliance-driven businesses. Second: silos are bad – very bad – for the customer when the silos hide behind their expertise, hoard power and lack expertise in collaboration. They also encourage passivity among those … Continue reading The Silo is Dead. Long Live the Silo!

How to Take Fear and Loathing Out of the Organization

Why does unproductive conflict caused by fear arise within and between organizations? Why is it acceptable, normal, or everyday?  For now, we’ll leave aside the loathing aspect of this conversation. Let’s talk about the fear or fearful part. It can run through the organization – the CEO dislikes the stock analysts, the CMO distrusts the … Continue reading How to Take Fear and Loathing Out of the Organization

How to build leadership and capacity in NFP orgs

The not–for-profit sector is a large employment sector. It’s important to economies. It does things neither government or the private sector can do.   With a few notable exceptions, it is starved of quality management! The sector is funded both by public money and donor funders. Now that economies are shrinking / consolidating… a) The … Continue reading How to build leadership and capacity in NFP orgs

ROI in the Application of Solution Focus in Banking

An interview: Olympia, welcome back. We’ve already heard from you about Solution Focus Mentoring in organizations. You work with a variety of organizations on projects using the Solution Focus approach to change and growth. You’ve been designing tailored leadership development programs blending coaching and mentoring in order to bring proven ROI (Return on Investment). Let’s focus … Continue reading ROI in the Application of Solution Focus in Banking