UK Chapters

Schedule of Meetings

We hold three meetings each year in London and the North of England. We currently focus our meetings around a workshop of around 1.5 to 2 hours in length with some great speakers / facilitators.  In addition, we  spend the rest of the meeting sharing SF news and forthcoming events, plus offering SF support to all who attend with any matters they wish to raise for our emergent agenda.


I am delighted to let you know that Shakya Kumara and Paul Z. Jackson will talk / facilitate at our March and June events. All events will be held at the The Calthorpe Project 258-274 Grays Inn Rd, London WC1X 8LH, 10 minutes walk from Kings Cross station. There will be our usual Speaker and emergent agenda in March and June and in November, we will once again share tools, ideas and conversation on SF. As usual, we will go to the pub afterwards for further refreshment. Meetings are free to SF contributors; there is a small charge of £10 + VAT (VAT charged by Eventbrite) for non SFiO contributors. Please click here to become a contributor. We welcome SFiO contributors from other countries. Last year we had guests from France and Belgium.

 Monday, 19 March 2018 – Shakya Kumara

SF Time Mastery – an application of Solution Focus
Are you ever short of time? And do you have coachees who are short of time? Do they find it  difficult to stay on top of their workload, feel overwhelmed, have trouble prioritising, have a sense of meaninglessness, etc. etc.? (And would you like to attract more coaching clients?)
Shakya has developed 4 Innovative Time Mastery models using Solution Focus principles:
•          3 Levels of Time Mastery (to help people go beyond mere “time management”)
•          Universal Workflow (for identifying the weak links in workload management)
•          RADAR (for overcoming procrastination)
•          iFLOW (for creating Action Planning Systems that support high productivity states of FLOW)
In this workshop you’ll have the chance to experience 3 practical exercises drawn from these coaching models and using SF, covering all 3 levels of Time Mastery:
1.         Time Management – getting organised, getting things done
2.         Meaning and Purpose – knowing why & deciding which – so the right things get done
3.         Mind – cultivating a spacious mind, free of distraction, worry and guilt, ready to make any moment matter
In terms of attracting more clients, Shakya will also briefly describe the processes he uses to attract clients to his Time Mastery coaching.

About Shakya
Shakya specialises in developing innovative training and coaching models, based on his expertise in Solutions Focus, and Mindfulness. These include his 4 models of time mastery, Brief Mindfulness (radical stress reduction in 4 minutes), ART/MAGIC negotiation, and R4 delegation.
Since he first started coaching professionally in 1993, Shakya has worked with leaders, managers and senior professionals from across all 3 sectors.

 Book here for March

Monday, 18 June 2018 – Paul Z. Jackson

The Power of SF Storytelling
Our experience is shaped by the stories we tell about ourselves and that others tell about us.
Do you know what your stories are saying about you and your work?
Would you like to craft stories that allow you to make more of the impact you want?

This workshop takes you step by step through activities that will have you telling stories as never before.  Drawing on lessons from journalism, film-making and constructive approaches such as SF, Narrative and Improvisation, you will:
Gain a fresh appreciation of the importance of the stories you are telling
Improve your skills at making stories compelling and memorable
Learn how to co-create stories in your professional interactions

About Paul
Paul Z Jackson is a pioneer in the use of SF in organisations and coaching. He has been drawing together strands of SF, narrative and improvisation, and having run workshops recently with Disney, Lush and others, says this should be an appealingly innovative and practical workshop for our group.

Book here for June

Monday, 19 November 2018 – Contributor led workout workshop
As last year’s “contributor contributions” was so popular we have decided to run another. This is an opportunity for you to learn and share tools, philosophy or any other SF related themes with your peers. Like Open Space without the rules…

Book here for November

I am looking forward to meeting you all again (or perhaps for the first time) in 2018!

John Brooker – Chapter Head UK and Ireland South

For more information, feel free to contact me:

Our 2018 SFiO Northern Chapter meetings will be announced soon 

We are delighted to announce that John Lewis’s new store in Leeds has a Community Hub that is available – free of charge – for community groups and non-profits such as ours, so I have booked this room for our next meeting.  Since this is next to the store cafe, I propose that there will be NO ATTENDANCE FEE for this meeting as long as we are happy to pop next door when we need drinks and food.  Happy to take feedback on that one as if you would prefer me to research catering options and make a small charge, please let me know.

For more information, feel free to contact me:

Andrew Gibson, Director, Business Services Leeds Ltd.

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