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OF SOLUTION FOCUS PRACTICE IN ORGANISATIONS · Vol 12 - 2020 Edition

"Solution focus coaching in sport"

Achieving goals with Swiss Sailing Team members

Dec 28, 2020

An interview with Julia Kalenberg and Anton Stellamans and four members of the Swiss Sailing Team.


Introduced by Annie Bordeleau

Watching this interview feels like a late night passage under sail, with the moon’s reflection on the surface of the rippling water, as the stars begin to emerge. The conversation shines a beautiful light on Julia Kalenberg’s work as a mental coach for members of the Swiss Sailing Team.

Coaching as a profession originally comes from the world of sports, where Julia ventured back to step up the team’s game, with her fresh SF approach, inspiring athletes and coaches alike. As a sailor myself, I am amazed at the caring support Julia offers to refine performance, enhance confidence and solve tricky communication challenges during the race and beyond.

Let Anton Stellamans’ smooth and humble interviewing style guide you to discover how the team uses the Goal Poster to visualize their achievements, the Diary with its magic pages, the Stone and the Scaling Questions.

If you enjoy looking up at the stars, this interview is for you, in every sense of the word.

Julia Kalenberg
Julia Kalenberg
InterAction Contributor
SFiO Contributor

Julia Kalenberg founded her own consultancy in 1997 and since then I have been accompanying teams and individuals on their way to success. The solution-focused approach of Steve de Shazer is a central theme in her work and she tries to always lead herself in this way, with constant strive and many small steps.

Anton Stellamans
Anton Stellamans
Board Member
SFiO Chapter Head
SFiO Contributor

Anton Stellamans (‘73) works as a Solution-Focused coach, trainer and facilitator at Ilfaro, Belgium. After his studies (philosophy and history) he was trained in SF Brief Therapy at the Korzybski Institute in Bruges. He is co-autor of “Resilient People, Resilient Teams” and “The Art of Giving Feedback.” Anton is member of the SFiO Board, co-head of the local Chapter of the Lowlands (Belgium and the Netherlands) and a regular visitor of EBTA, SOLWorld and SFiO conferences.

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