The InterAction Collection

An SF Conversation with Peter Szabó

Elegantly lead by Liselotte Baeijaert

Sep 8, 2020

Liselotte Baeijaert, John Brooker, peter-szabo & Carey Glass

Introduction by Carey Glass

What caused Sleeping Beauty to wake up? The kiss of the Prince or just that the 100 years of sleeping were over? What would we like to believe when we work as coaches, are we the kissing Prince, or do we just happen to be there in the moment when Sleeping Beauty wakes up anyway because 100 years are over?

In his coaching in the last couple of years, Peter Szabo has been actively struggling to minimise his own contribution as he wanted to write a book about the brilliance of clients. Specifically, their ability to retune themselves when circumstances change.

This has led him on a path of trying to describe and live his beliefs about the role of the coach. His current thought is, “Maybe if I don’t want to play a central role… maybe I find new comfort in being a caring witness while I spend some time talking to clients.”

I encourage you to listen to this conversation to consider for yourself, are you the witness, or the Prince?

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Peter Szabó

Peter specializes in useful conversations with individuals who seek sustainable results within a short period of time. He draws on over thirty years of experience as supplier of learning space, entrepreneur and coach.

Peter’s passion and expertise lies in successfully detecting and amplifying clues of progress for light-hearted change. He builds on the paradigm-changing work of Steve De Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg.

Peter has co-authored the bestselling books “Brief Coaching for Lasting Solutions” and “Coaching plain and simple”. His writings have been translated into sixteen languages. His most recent book on the art of re-tuning when life does not stick to our plans will be published in 2018.

At the age of 61 Peter lives in Basel and Budapest. peterszabo.ch

Liselotte Baeijaert

Liselotte (°63) is a Solution Focused change practitioner, facilitation expert and executive coach. Since 1989 she has worked in profit and non-profit organisations, schools and universities. She has operated in restructuring processes, growth, and talent management projects.

As a business owner and co-founder of Ilfaro, Liselotte facilitates workshops and training programs in SF coaching and collaboration. She also co-creates process driven change with executives and teams, aligning overall sustained behavioural change with strategy. She holds university degrees in philology (literature and linguistics), drama and pedagogical skills (University of Louvain, Belgium) and completed courses in Gestalt Coaching and Counselling, NLP, R.E.T., Solution Focused Management and Coaching, body work and several leadership, facilitation and personal development programs. Liselotte has worked in Asia and Europe.

She is married and has three grown up children. In her spare time, she likes traveling, yoga, enjoying life and hanging out with friends.


Liselotte Baeijaert
Liselotte Baeijaert
Board member
InterAction Contributor
SFiO Contributor

Liselotte is a Solution Focused coach, trainer and facilitator. Since 1989 she has worked in various profit and non-profit organisations, schools and universities. In 2006 she co-founded Ilfaro with Anton Stellamans. Ilfaro is well known for its open Solution Focus coaching and facilitation programs and also offers retreats in Resiliency and Leadership Development.

John Brooker
John Brooker
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.

Carey Glass
Carey Glass
SFiO Reviewed Practitioner
Editor of Interaction
SFIO Contributor

Carey Glass is a Management Consultant and Organisational Psychologist. Her business “Change With Ease” reflects the miracle that happens when organisation move away from problem-focused approaches. She has brought SF to all areas of corporate and public sector life in the UK, from strategy, to performance management, to occupational health and safety, to culture, coaching and complexity helping create far-reaching change with ease. She has published case studies describing the transformation that SF brings to organisational outcomes and is excited to now be bringing the benefits of SF to Australian organisations.