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ASFiO UK: SF and Organisational Development (OD) with Susanne Burgstaller

Centre for Solutions Focus at Work (sfwork)

Monday, October 31, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM (GMT)

ASFiO UK: SF and Organisational Development (OD) with...

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ASFIO members Oct 31, 2016 Free £0.00 £0.00
Newcomers Oct 31, 2016 £10.00 £0.00 £2.00
Non-members Oct 31, 2016 £29.00 £0.00 £5.80

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Our next ASFIO (Association for SF in Organisations) meeting is on Monday 31 October 2016, 12 noon - 6pm. This time we are at TATE BRITAIN, Millbank - thanks to Colin Coombs for helping to organise the room.

  • Monday 21 March: Andrew Gibson on helping others and helping ourselves
  • Monday 13 June: Pippa Evans (from Olivier-winning show Showstoppers!) on improvisation
  • Monday 31 October: Susanne Burgstaller (Austria) on her experiences with SF and OD in some very large organisations   

Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG - nearest tube Pimlico (Victoria Line). 

Monday 31 October 2016: SF and Organisational Development (OD) with Susanne Burgstaller 

Gregory Bateson’s famous statement “Change happens all the time” has never been more strongly noticed in organisations than today. People within organisations are asking themselves: “How can we adapt to external pressures?”. The SF approach to change and organisational development (OD) provides a simple, elegant and effective way of noticing useful change and amplifying it. Sounds simple, but is it really that easy?

In this workshop we will therefore explore the “doing” of change – creating, noticing or amplifying small differences through conversations. True to the SF tradition of examining good practice to arrive at more good practice we will look at the practical side of OD work and evaluate what has worked well so far. We will also, however, look at how the philosophy of the original Brief Therapy model as it has been practiced in one-on-one or family group settings can be translated to the discipline of organizational development (OD).

SF OD is often accused of the fact that it espouses no organizational theory, and SF practitioners have been known to fall back on the option of “borrowing” from systemic organizational theory. In this workshop we pursue the ideas that 

  • (Systemic) organizational theory is not needed to do effective change or OD work. 
  • Should someone feel a violent need for “organizational theory” they should get an aspirin (will be provided !!). 
  • The SF conversation-based model has worked well so far in OD settings.

Should this still not work, participants will get 

  • Some pointers to alternative organizational theories that are more compatible with the SF approach. 
  • Lots of tips and tricks and lessons from and for organisational change facilitation drawn from cases.

Susanne BurgstallerSusanne Burgstaller is an SF organisational consultant, team developer, facilitator and coach, having worked in the areas of OD, HRD, strategy and leadership as manager, trainer and consultant for the last 25 years. She is the founder and owner of usolvit consultants GmbH, based in Vienna and working internationally. She facilitates change, OD and HRD projects, and has worked extensively with the Supreme Court and Parliament of Austra in recent years. She has just brought out a new book in German “Solution Focus in Organisations. Consulting and Leading from the Future” (Carl-Auer Verlag, 2015). As a trained linguist she loves language, stories and – of course – SF.

We will also have time for our usual emergent agenda - bring along challenges, tough situations in your coaching/consulting/management work, questions to mull over, news to spread and anything else. 

The session starts at 12 noon, and a sandwich lunch is included.  We'll finish by 6pm, followed by drinks in a nearby pub for those wishing to continue. 

ADFIO members attend free of charge. You can join at We welcome non-members to join us, come and experience ASFiO and Solution Focused practice in action in organisational and management settings. 

There are a limited number of places for non-members:

Newcomers (coming to their first meeting) are welcome to join us for just £10+VAT for the day - refundable if you join ASFIO.

Non-members (who have been before) can join us for the full price of £29+VAT. Remember that ASFiO membership costs just £53 for Associate Membership this year and gets you all three meetings, two issues of the InterAction journal (and online acccess to all the previous issues), the ASFIO peer review accreditation process, networking with international groups and discounts at ASFIO events and other related events.


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Monday, October 31, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM (GMT)

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