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Team coaching with the SolutionCircle

A Practical Guide to Solutions Focused Team Development

by Daniel Meier

ISBN 0-9549749-1-3, ISBN13 9780954974916
Solutions Focus at Work Series
Solutions Books (June 2005) - also available in Kindle format

Team Coaching with the SolutionCircle

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Small steps for the team... a giant leap for teamwork

'Insightful in approach, resourceful in ideas, practical in application, this excellent book meets the needs of both the experienced coach and the manager looking for practical steps. '
Shaun Lincoln, Director of Coaching and Mentoring, Centre for Excellence in Leadership

Applying the positive power of Solutions Focus to working with teams, Daniel Meier shows you how to:

  • Apply Solutions Focus methods with groups and teams
  • Choose and use the eight steps of the SolutionCircle
  • Become an effective team coach - as a manager or external resource
  • Engage team members in finding useful action steps
  • Use challenges and difficulties in the team to build progress


'You will be amazed how this simple yet profound approach can help you help teams achieve their goals in ways that are not only effective but fun at the same time.'
Ben Furman, author of Solution Talk and inventor of the Reteaming method

'The SolutionCircle is a simple, powerful and practical way of working with teams. In just one half-day coaching session, a Board of Directors achieved a huge amount of visible progress.'
Rob Rave, The Solutions Game

'At last, a book on solution focused team coaching: simple and elegant!'
Peter Szabó, member of the ICF coach assessment team, coauthor with Insoo Kim Berg of Brief Coaching for Lasting Solutions

'One of the most practical books on team coaching - a goldmine of information and application. It clearly explains Solutions Focus and the SolutionCircle, with relevant and illuminating case studies, numerous instantly applicable tools and comprehensive session plans. I will start incorporating the ideas and techniques into my work immediately.'
Janine Waldman, The Solutions Focus

Daniel Meier is an experienced coach who specialises in working with teams. He is co-founder of SolutionSurfers, an association of professional coaches in his native Switzerland.

Table of Contents


by Ben Furman

Chapter 1

Introducing the SolutionCircle

Chapter 2

Four Basic Principles
Focusing on Solutions
Building on Success
Illuminating Resources
Finding New Perspectives

Chapter 3

Helpful Attitudes

Chapter 4

The SolutionCircle Step by Step
An Overview of the Steps
Preparing the Ground
Expectations and Goals
Hot Topics
Future Perfect
Scaling Dance
Personal Mission

Chapter 5

Setting Up a Workshop with the SolutionCircle

Chapter 6

Dealing with Strong Personalities

Chapter 7

A Look in the Toolbox
Solution Finding Questions
Pausing for Reflection
Silence and Attentive Awareness
Illuminating Small Successes

Chapter 8

Keeping Things Going
Celebrating Progress
A Survey as Additional Reinforcement
The Follow-up Workshop
SolutionSurfing in the Team's Daily Life
Basic Structure of Team Coaching

Chapter 9

External Consultants
Using External Consultants: The Manager's Perspective
From Contact to Contract: The External Consultant's Perspective

Postscript ... Thanks ... and a Little Game


About the Author

Review from Organisations & People Journal