Short-term coaching


Radically solution-oriented, we leave the die in this special coaching format

World of “obstructive problems” and with simple conversation elements we focus exclusively on the solutions according to the motto:

  • “The solution doesn’t care how the problem arose.” [1]

In solution-oriented short-term coaching [2] we start from the point of view that it is more helpful to concentrate on wishes, goals, resources, exceptions to the problem rather than on problems and their emergence. The basic assumption is that it is impossible to prevent change. (Paradigm shift)


If you are interested in the solution-oriented short-term coaching with me, I look forward to an email from you to info (at) – subject “solution-oriented short-term coaching” – and your one or two preferred appointment suggestions.

Even if we haven’t gotten to know each other personally, we can have such a useful conversation on the phone. The solution-oriented short-term coaching does not require a preliminary discussion. This coaching begins immediately with the start of the conversation. Please allow an hour for your first appointment – one and a half hours with a time buffer. You should have leisure, time for yourself and be able to speak completely undisturbed. Ideally, you will also be in a place during your first meeting where you feel comfortable and where you can perceive your inner guidance particularly well.

I look forward to meeting you!

Contact details:

Peter Mertingk - Coach für innere Kompetenz von (Top-)Führungskräften

Training in emotional intelligence, lectures and leadership coaching

Peter Mertingk in D-64546 Mörfelden-Walldorf / Frankfurt Airport 10 km

Phone: +49 (0) 6105 999677

eMail: dialog (at)


The central and radical “new” [3] …:

… the “solution-focused approach” is the commitment to “simplicity”:

In order to be successful in complex situations and systems, it is not always helpful to want to model and understand them – it is often more helpful to observe with an open mind what everything works as desired in order to do more of it in small steps.

Solution focus assumes that [4] …:

  1. positive changes in complex situations happen on the basis of small steps;
  2. for these steps only a little information about what has worked a little better up to now is sufficient;
  3. in the case of analyzes, not the question “how is it – how did it come about?”, but rather the question “what makes the difference between better / worse?” comes to the fore;
  4. instead of the “theoretically comprehensive understanding”, concrete action takes place in small steps;
  5. everyone involved is assumed to be interested in positive change.
Albert Einstein

The three basic principles of solution focus:

  1. “Don’t fix what isn’t broken!”
  2. “Find out what works and fits well – and do more of it!”
  3. “If something does not work well enough despite a lot of effort – then stop and try something else!”

The six motto for solution-focused “simplicity”:

  1. Solutions instead of problems: “Don’t deepen your understanding of the problem, but explore what it’s like when it’s better”.
  2. Interaction instead of isolated individuality: “Our behavior develops in interaction with others. In the solution-focused work, opinions, beliefs or values ​​are not discussed, but observable actions ”.
  3. Pay attention to and use what is there – not what is missing: “Do not determine the gap between ‘is’ and ‘should’, but what – even if only rarely – is already a little better today”.
  4. Seeing the opportunities yesterday, today and tomorrow: “Thinking about opportunities in the future and today is a familiar thought. It is rather unusual to consciously explore in ‘yesterday’ what was previously shown as an opportunity – in order to use that too ”.
  5. Simple language: “Use simple everyday words instead of long, complicated, abstract and impressive-sounding words”.
  6. See every situation as special – do not impose a poorly fitting general theory on it: “Open and curious, allow yourself to be positively surprised every time”.

“You can never solve problems with the same mindset that created them.” Albert Einstein

Contact details:

Emotional intelligence training and leadership coaching

Peter Mertingk in D-64546 Mörfelden-Walldorf (Frankfurt Airport 10 km)

Phone: +49 (0) 6105 999677

eMail: dialog (at)



[1] Steve de Shazer

[2] For the first time in the solution-oriented or solution-focused short therapy presented by the psychotherapists Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg in 1982

[3] Excerpts from

[4] Based on: McKergow / Clarke: Solutions Focus Working, Solutions


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