The Online Journal of Solution Focus in Organisations

Vol 10 – No 1 – July 2018 – Page 8

A Solution Focus Conversation with Peter Szabó

In conversation with Liselotte Baeijaert and John Brooker



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?


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.


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.

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