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OF SOLUTION FOCUS PRACTICE IN ORGANISATIONS · Vol 13 - 2021 Edition

Parkour and SF Collaboration

How do metaphors open minds and enrich perspective?

Feb 20, 2021

Wendy Van den Bulck, Cédric Broux & John Brooker

Introduced by John Teager

Deliberately or otherwise, we all use them all of the time. So how do metaphors open minds and enrich perspective? How do they enhance, amplify and explore a core message by subtly taking a perhaps occasionally closed mind on a wonderful involuntary journey of emerging ideas? Well, allow yourself just an hour of well-earned quiet time to watch this video, and you’ll be amazed at how powerful and thought provoking the use of metaphor can be.

Guided by the skilful, gentle questioning of Wendy Van den Bulck, let yourself be absorbed in this fascinating dialogue between Cédric Broux and John Brooker. Listen as they explore in depth the related characteristics of Free Running (Parkour) - a way of expression through interaction with various obstacles and the environment - and the framework for Solution Focused Collaboration espoused by John Brooker, in his latest book ‘Jump Now’.

You may be pleasantly surprised by not only how well the two activities relate but how much further one could take this metaphor. Perhaps it might encourage you to develop your own metaphors further; that’s certainly where it took me. Enjoy!

Wendy Van den Bulck
Wendy Van den Bulck
InterAction Contributor
SFiO Contributor

Wendy is a Belgian based Solution Focus horse assisted coach and trainer (www.equoia.org). She specialises in developing authentic leaders and dynamically balanced teams in the workplace. She is the author of ‘Connective Clarity. When Horses Invite You to Take up Authentic, Solution Focused Leadership’ (2019) available on Amazon.

Cédric Broux
Cédric Broux
InterAction Contributor

My name is Cédric Broux. I am a Parkour and Freerunning athlete, deeply and passionately involved in the sport since 2013. I love to work on small projects for brands to promote their products or schools for educational purposes.

John Brooker
John Brooker
Co-President
SFiO Reviewed Practitioner
Editor of Interaction
Chapter Head
SFiO Contributor

John has over thirty years experience of leading people to collaborate effectively. He gained his leadership experience as a Senior Vice President in Visa International, working on international projects. Since 2004 he has used his leadership and Solution Focus expertise to enable people in multinational and national organisations to collaborate effectively. He is Co-President of Solution Focus in Organisations, an SFiO Reviewed Practitioner and has an MBA from The Open University in the UK.

John Teager
John Teager
Chapter Head
InterAction Contributor
SFiO Contributor

Following a long and distinguished Air Force career of more than thirty years, John Teager transitioned seamlessly into defence industry and became managing director of an Australian subsidiary of an international prime. After enjoying ten years of significant success in the commercial world, John repatriated to his home town of Adelaide and established his own business – Open Mind Thinking – which helps company executives and their teams to be solutions focused, to have constructive conversations, to embrace the infinite nature of business and to develop strategies to get and stay ahead.

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