Welcome to our weekly podcast with the little extra Solution Focus for your daily life! The SIMPLY FOCUS Podcast is a weekly show where we share focuses that have enhanced our lives. Our podcast is a resource for people who want to train an effective focus in their life and embrace a life in joy and ease. What you focus on in your daily life matters. Choose focuses that uplift, empower, and amplify useful change. Let yourself inspire for your business and private life.
SFP 109 – Coming Out: Youth Leadership & Solution Focus with Will Reed
30.12.2020Will Reed on Youth Leadership and Solution Focus. In today’s episode we talk with Will Reed, an 18-years old youth advisor at Boys in Mind - Girls Mind too, former member of the mental health team at Beechen Cliff School Bath, and solution-focused practitioner about the power of Youth Leadership and the difference Solution Focus has been making for him. Learn more about Will’s fascination for SF and what grabbed his interest to know more about it. Get insights into the mental health work at Beechen Cliff School Bath, in how they adopted Solution Focus, and find out more about the differences SF has made in the mental health team and in the school. Will also talks about how SF helped him and others to come out and highlights how Youth Leadership at Beechen Cliff School Bath and at Boys in Mind - Girls mind too works. He shares a bit about his work as youth advisor at Boys in Mind - Girls mind too and how talking to young people creates ripple effects. Enjoy listening to what Will is up to in his gap year. And check out the challenge of the week, were Will invites to genuinely listen to a young person, treat them as an expert, give them a leading role, and take on what they have to say. The post SFP 109 – Coming Out: Youth Leadership & Solution Focus with Will Reed appeared first on SF on tour.
SFP 99 – Introducing Solution Focus in Schools: The kind of teachers we want to be with Sharon Casey
25.5.2020Sharon Casey on SF in schools. In today’s episode, we talk with Sharon Casey, Solution-Focused Practitioner, Teacher, Consultant & Trainer, and Co-Organizer of the SFBTA conference in Montreal, about using Solution Focus in schools. She shares what fascinates her about Solution Focus, how it is to have access to another way of looking at the world, and what attracted her towards this approach. Find out how she started applying SF with teenagers with drug addictions and in the field of suicide prevention, what fascinates her about bringing Solution Focus to schools, what helped her in bringing SF to schools, and what changed for the teachers. Check out a solution-focused way to start the school year, how to develop the rules together with the children, and different ways to explore what adolescents want. Hear how SF fosters sincere and genuine connections with teenagers, how you don’t have to get to the 10 on the scale, and how you can also value the lower numbers. Join us in the Challenge of the Week: Look for your sixes, fives or fours: Allow yourself to celebrate your fours, fives and sixes and recognize the effort it takes to get there. The post SFP 99 – Introducing Solution Focus in Schools: The kind of teachers we want to be with Sharon Casey appeared first on SF on tour.
SFP 98 – Solution Focus in Practice: Connecting with Rob Black
38:07Rob Black on doing SF. In today’s episode, we talk with Rob Black, accredited solution-focused practitioner by the UKASFP, qualified social-worker, clinical team leader at Bath Spa University, about how Solution Focus can (also) look like in practice. Check out what fascinates him with Solution Focus, in what settings he is adapting Solution Focus, and the differences in language when working with different client groups. Rob talks about the value of problem-free talk and connecting with our clients. Find out what supported him in connecting with young people, how he first came across Solution Focus and how watching people do the work helped him develop his practice, how he let Insoo Kim Berg guess football results, and what Guy Shennan would love to hear Rob talk on this podcast. Rob shares detailed stories of how he applies Solution Focus with young people where silence, giving people space, trusting the process, and adapting the next question to fit (even) better were key elements. We also talk about pace, enthusiasm, staying with the client’s perception, and the art of Solution Focused practice and keeping on learning. Find out what Rob discovered about himself since working virtually with clients and how he established an evidence-base for his own work. At the end he also shares two funny stories with Chris Iveson. The challenge of the week: Notice the times when you used silence effectively and the differences that made in terms of the interaction in the conversation. The post SFP 98 – Solution Focus in Practice: Connecting with Rob Black appeared first on SF on tour.
SFP 96 – Reaching out to Young People: Solution-Focused Community Work with Joe Chan
28.4.2020Joe Chan about working with young people. In today’s episode, we talk with Joe Chan, Solution-Focused Practitioner and Head of Youth Services at Reach Community Services in Singapore, about their work with young people. Check out what fascinates Joe with Solution Focus, where they are with their research project right now, how Solution Focus influenced the practice of the Youth Center staff members, and what he aims at with Solution Focus at the REACH Youth Center in Singapore. Learn more about the concept of ownership and how they support the young people to become owners of what they want, how they provide a spectrum of activities to fit the idea that every person is unique, how they integrate Social Media and internet activities in their programs, and how his practice evolved over the years with Solution Focus. Joe talks about being solution-focused as a leader, the Youth Resource Pack that they developed, and how they will notice that they are the place to go for youth work with Solution Focus. And he emphasizes the importance of embracing the stance of not knowing with young people. The Challenge of the Week: Put yourself out there on Social Media and share something about yourself and your SF practice. The post SFP 96 – Reaching out to Young People: Solution-Focused Community Work with Joe Chan appeared first on SF on tour.
SFP 95 – Writing the Headlines of our Life Today: What we can learn from going through cancer for the situation we are in right now with Brigitte Lavoie
16.4.2020Brigitte Lavoie on becoming cancer free with SF. In today’s episode, we talk with Brigitte Lavoie, M.P.s, Solution Focused therapist, trainer, supervisor and receiver of the SFBTA Insoo Kim Berg Memorial Award, about what we can learn from going through cancer for this situation now. Listen to what fascinates her with Solution Focus right now after her cancer episode in the last 1 1/2 years, how she applied Solution Focus practices to her life with cancer, how she knows that she had more good days than bad days, and how she used exceptions from the past to deal with the situation. Learn more about how to talk about the preferred future in a way that effectively supports you, Ellen Quick’s appropriate caution questions that helped Brigitte in her situation, and the miracle question with bad days. She highlights how everybody has good reasons for doing things and differences the letter she wrote to her daughter about all the things she admires about her made. Check out what she kept doing that helps her now with COVID19, the ten positive emotions by Barbara Fredrickson and the connections to Solution Focus, and the fact that we often underestimate our capacity to get through rough times. And have fun with the Challenge of the Week: Ask yourself: What kind of animal would I like to be? And when in your past were you already more like this animal? The post SFP 95 – Writing the Headlines of our Life Today: What we can learn from going through cancer for the situation we are in right now with Brigitte Lavoie appeared first on SF on tour.
SFP 94 – Zero Suicide: What it takes to thrive after trauma and the triple twins of SF success with John Henden
10.4.2020John Henden on what it takes to thrive. In today’s episode, we talk with John Henden, Solution-Focused Trainer, Author, Therapist and Performance Coach about Solution Focused Suicide Prevention and severe trauma and stress recovery. Learn more about the Bristol Solutions Group that led to SOLWorld, what fascinates John with Solution Focus, and the triple twins of solution-focused success. John emphasizes the importance of being solution-focused and not solution-forced. He tells us about Solution-Focused suicide prevention with a zero suicide rate, working on the phone with people with suicidal thoughts, and even “smaller“ SF interventions. Check out what it takes to thrive after trauma, his work in severe trauma and stress recovery, what helped John to thrive after trauma, and vicarious resilience. John invites us to continually remind ourselves that all our clients can find a way and to the challenge of the week: Remind yourself that adopting a solution-focused stance will bring us all forward. The post SFP 94 – Zero Suicide: What it takes to thrive after trauma and the triple twins of SF success with John Henden appeared first on SF on tour.
SFP 93 – A Community of Abundance: Getting Connected to this World of Possibilities with Petra Mueller-Demary
30.3.2020Petra Müller-Demary on abundance. In today’s episode, we talk with Petra Müller-Demary, Solution-Focused Executive Coach, Team Coach, Business Consultant, and Founder of SolutionSurfers Romania, about the importance of the Solution Focused (SF) community for her, bringing SF to Romania in a Solution Focused way, sharing and spreading this mindset of abundance, and looking for the jewels in the dust. Get to know their format ‘solution café’ that is spreading worldwide, the language of space or how she combines Solution Focus with Systemic Constellation work, and micro-constellations or how she teaches this combination. Listen to some great examples of team coaching or the differences her Solution Focused work with teams can make and her frame for human connection. And enjoy the Challenge of the Week: Petra’s Good Morning Coaching – find out how it works at minute 33:17. The post SFP 93 – A Community of Abundance: Getting Connected to this World of Possibilities with Petra Mueller-Demary appeared first on SF on tour.
SFP 92 – Covid-19: Stories of Hope with Kenneth Kwan, Elfie Czerny and Dominik Godat
18.3.2020Kenneth Kwan with stories of hope. In today’s episode, we talk with Kenneth Kwan, Solution-Focused Conference Speaker, Author, and High Performance Strategist, about Covid-19 and the differences Solution Focus can make and has made in Singapore. Check out how Solution Focus was useful when people started being affected by Covid-19 at the “Grace Assembly of God” church in Singapore, how they dealt with the sorrows and fears of people, how they started a dialogue of hope and optimism with their church members, and how they talked about their best hopes at the board level. Find out what we can learn from the experience they made in Singapore. Listen to the importance of sharing stories of hope, love and elements that work, asking and co-creating with people, and how people step up to help and support. Hear the good news and how life is slowly coming back on the streets after 5 weeks of staying at home. Kenneth also shares what small and medium sized enterprises could do during these difficult times and proposes a small next step that leaders could do, a small next step that facilitators and coaches could do, and a small step that everyone could do. And we focus on the silver lining - the good things that are happening during this crisis. The post SFP 92 – Covid-19: Stories of Hope with Kenneth Kwan, Elfie Czerny and Dominik Godat appeared first on SF on tour.
SFP 91 – Fundamentally Trusting Your Clients: Bringing Solution Focus to Communities with Naomi Whitehead
12.3.2020Naomi Whitehead on Solution Focus as a celebration of who people are. In today’s episode, we talk with Naomi Whitehead, IASTI accredited Solution-Focused Practitioner, Coach, Therapist & Trainer as well as EBTA Board Member, about bringing Solution Focus to Communities. Learn what fascinates her with Solution Focus, how John Wheeler, Mathias Schwab, and Tara Gretton influenced her work, and how she sees Solution Focus as a celebration of who people are. Find out more about Curve Chats and how she brings Solution Focus to communities, e.g. to a barber shop in Sheffield. Check out how she supports equality in her work and fundamentally trusts her clients. Naomi tells us about her events that she is organizing in Sheffield and her workshop that she will do with Tara Gretton in Switzerland (stay tuned!). She elaborates how the lived experience of people can inform the service design, e.g. in her work with Ben’s Center and their vulnerable people project as well as her work with soul food. Listen to what kept her passionate about Solution Focus in the last 17 years and how that connects to her lived experience in Bolivia and her use of Solution Focus in her volunteer work in a prison in Bolivia. And do the Challenge of the Week: When at some point over the next week a person annoys you, acknowledge that and think about all the qualities that the other person has shown when doing this act and what else you appreciate about that person. The post SFP 91 – Fundamentally Trusting Your Clients: Bringing Solution Focus to Communities with Naomi Whitehead appeared first on SF on tour.