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A graduate of Oxford University (MA, Oxon), and contributor to scholarly publications, his books include Impro Learning, 58½ Ways to Improvise in Training and The Inspirational Trainer.
Paul has delighted audiences at many conferences and seminars. With a background in comedy and acting, he brings humour and drama to his talks. He is co-author of the ground-breaking book, The Solutions Focus - Making Coaching & Change SIMPLE, rated as one of the Top 30 business books of the year in the USA
Paul draws on his experiences in consulting, coaching, improvisational comedy and drama, his work in journalism and the BBC, to create impactful, story-rich presentations that relate to your organizational needs.
Find out more about Paul's other work at www.theSolutionsFocus.co.uk
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This is a new and updated edition of this acclaimed first business book on the powerful, simple yet subtle approach to positive change in people, teams and organisations. Used around the world by a wide range of people, professions and organisations, the first edition has now sold nearly 10,000 copies and been translated into 7 languages.
Including new chapters reflecting the increasing importance of coaching and the solutions focus movement in the business environment, this wide-ranging book is filled with all the most important ideas, case examples and practical tips for managers, facilitators and consultants. Proven in many fields and with a distinguished intellectual heritage, "The Solutions Focus" provides a simple and direct route to progress in your organisation. It focuses on: solutions - not problems; in between: the action is in the interaction; make use of what's there; possibilities - past, present and future; and language. Every case is different.
The trouble with traditional approaches to people problems is that they assume a straightforward relationship between cause and effect, between a problem and its solution. A solutions-focused approach sidesteps the search for the causes of a problem and heads straight for the solution, showing you how to envisage your preferred future and quickly takes steps forward.
The authors present a set of practical techniques, including specific forms of questioning that lead to immediate action and results. They show how to identify what is working in your organisation and amplify it to make useful changes; to focus on what is possible rather than what is intractable and how to be solution focused, not solution forced.
• I want to change my boss's mind, but he doesn't listen
• I need my team to take responsibility for their own issues
Top consultants Paul Z Jackson and Janine Waldman take you on a tour of successful, constructive conversations, from preparation through opening remarks to agreeing the right actions.
Illustrated throughout with tips, examples and exercises, Positively Speaking will develop your skills in creating dialogue that works well for you.
With a resourcebased, solutionsfocused approach, you will find it simpler and more enjoyable to get what you want by talking to people the Positively Speaking way. And the results will be positively extraordinary.
Praise for Positively Speaking:
“The strategic application of Solution Focused approaches can help unlock the most challenging aspects of executive leadership in the modern public sector. Jackson and Waldman’s approach instils the disci pline of simplicity and builds confidence through positive enquiry. I have greatly benefited from working with them and recommend Positively Speaking as a way ahead.”
Andrew Fowlie, General Manager, NHS Grampian
“For me, there’s nothing like going on a course and gaining new skills – unless it’s a book like ‘Positively Speaking’, which gives me background, theory, case studies, models and, most importantly real concrete ways to put all of that into practice in my dayto day work of coaching, facilitation and working through conflict. This book is a real asset to any practitioner who needs to ‘just do it’ – just great.”
Ann Lukens, Director, Groupworks
“This resource really does live up to its aim of helping us learn more about what we can do rather than what we can't. I like the way it brings the idea of Solutions Focus to life through examples, case studies and practical exercises. I'll definitely be using these ideas in my work as a facilitator and coach.” Colin Coombs, Learning & Development manager, Tate
Paul Z Jackson and Janine Waldman are codirectors of The Solutions Focus, leading a team of consultants, facilitators and coaches who apply this approach worldwide in organisations including Beiersdorf (Nivea), PepsiCo, Reading Borough Council, John Laing and The Metropolitan Police.
If you ever need to present yourself more confidently, be more creative or work better in a team, there is an easy way that you can access here.
By responding skillfully to what’s around us, we can adapt to change and lead others more effectively, which is why the ideas in Easy are now applied increasingly in the world’s most innovative and successful organisations.
Easy takes Improvisation from the stage and into everyday life. It reveals the playful nature of Improvisation, used by jazz musicians, comedy acts and made famous Chicago’s Second City and shows such as Whose Line Is It Anyway, yet readily available to any of us to apply at will in our home and work lives.
The book gets to the heart of what’s distinctive and important about improvisation, introducing the LIFEPASS principles:
Inhabit the Moment
Freedom within Structure
Play to Play
Accept and Build
Short Turn Taking
Readers of Easy say the LIFEPASS principles have helped them in life and at work by increasing their confidence and creativity. “The most important skills in life – resilience, courage and confidence – are directly related to improvisation and all of them are found in Easy.” Dr Robert Biswas-Diener, author of The Upside of Your Dark Side.
"Improvisation is a key to open up our hearts. It reveals the universe of possibilities that you can see, feel, decide and deal with in your life.” Isolde Fischer
“Humanitarian work is becoming impossibly demanding. It seems too difficult to absorb and process changing threats. How can we rapidly think and act under so much pressure and uncertainty? It is actually doable and enjoyable, if you embrace applied improvisation - shared so eloquently and accessibly by Paul Z Jackson in ‘Easy’. I recommend this book to all who aim to facilitate processes of learning and dialogue in a way that is both serious and fun.” Pablo Suarez, Associate director for research and innovation, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
“The book’s concept - to use improvisation for business and LIFE - is inspired and important.” Patricia Ryan Madson, author Improv Wisdom
The book comes with free bonus downloads:
21 Games to Make Life Easy – a facilitator’s guide for workshops and training sessions
Audio download of 'Right Here, Right Now’ – a short visualization to get you present in time and space.