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Dec. 21, 2022

#128 Pam Grout will believe me.

"If you agree to become guest on my podcast then I can't promise you'll sell a million books." The fact that I wrote these words in my email to Pam and she still agreed to talk to me only increased …

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Dec. 6, 2022

#127 - Life on the streets

We are all familiar with the Big Issue vendors on the streets of our cities. I was privileged to talk to a few of them in Manchester UK. The Big Issue magazine is now worldwide and provides a legal income …

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Dec. 3, 2022

#126 Remove the problem not the solution

One of our favourite NLP mantras which in most cases is true. "The problem you have now was once the solution to another problem." A sure fire bit of wisdom and it was interesting to hear Rich Rolls mention this …

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Nov. 30, 2022

#125 100 things to do before breakfast

Since I began people geeking I've been reading books, watching YouTube and listening to podcasts by the guru's, the masters of change. I recently became fascinated by that subliminal backlog of life advice that in most cases I'd never followed. …

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Nov. 27, 2022

#124 Ray Edwards - Quad amputee, climb Kilimanjaro? Hold my beer.

Ray Edwards is getting himself ready to climb Kilimanjaro. At 19500 ft it's a challenge for any climber but Ray is a quadruple amputee. When we spoke he was able to describe the circumstances that brought him here and his …

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Nov. 12, 2022

#123 British Legion

Welcome to the Action Factory Podcast - We are expats living here in France and one thing we notice that's honoured here in Europe is Armistice day. Nothing moves on the day and in our rural area most shops and …

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Nov. 11, 2022

#122 Lifeshare Manchester

Doing the podcast here has taken me back a few years to the thing I loved most during ten years on FM radio. Talking to the most interesting and fascinating people I could find. For that reason and because thousands …

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Sept. 20, 2022

#121 Who cares, wins

Welcome to the solutions toolkit podcast from the Action Factory. I'm Michael Dawson Yes, I've neglected you but saying I've been busy probably won't cut it. For the 9th time I took it upon myself to cycle the Tour De …

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May 17, 2022

#120 Why did the solution focused therapist cross the road?

I believe that solution focused workers don't need to be therapists and they don't need problems to solve. Having had comments both in person and online about my attitude towards traditional therapists and their methods I thought it worth some …

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April 5, 2022

#119 Solution focused lessons from 1963

I suffer from solution focused bias, I see it everywhere. Yesterday I was reading a very old book called the power of the subconscious mind by Dr John Murphy. It was first published in 1963. Although John Murphy doesn't refer …

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March 15, 2022

#118 The universal LAWS of the solution focused approach

There are a number of principles behind the solution focused approach that are unchanging under any circumstance. Like Issac Newtons laws of motion they apply in every situation. Whether you're a professor of solution focused therapy or simply my aunt …

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April 13, 2021

#117 The three circles of solution focused working.

The three overlapping circles that define a solution focused worker. In other sessions we have spoken about how much power and influence a solution focused worker might have over a therapist. A solution focused worker is not a therapist, they …

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March 28, 2021

#116 That solution focused approach, I don’t get it mate!

Solution focused working, I just don't get it mate! From experience this is a fairly common reaction form other services or those outside the 'cult' They see the results and are often stunned by them but should we really care …

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March 21, 2021

#115 S.I.M.PL.E Questions in SFBT

The S.I.M.PL.E acronym is something we use in our training to give workers something to grasp onto when the conversations stall. It's never a first resort but can act as a good last resort and get you to the shore, …

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March 13, 2021

#114 Your the reason you got stuck in solution focused work

It's your fault, not the clients! This week I'm talking about those times when your work seems to be heading off course or stalling. Before you hit the rocks you need to head for some lifeboats and save yourself. This …

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March 13, 2021

#113 Questions, question, questions in sfbt

Questions, questions, questions in SFBT. I passionately believe that our role when using the solution focused approach is to be the curious inquisitor. To resist offering solutions at all costs and to use our curiosity to probe the problem from …

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Feb. 19, 2021

#112 Miracle answers in the solution focused approach

Welcome to the solution focused toolkit podcast. Moving on from the last episode I wanted to expand a little bit more on what we do after delivering our own 'working' version of the miracle questions and where those answers might …

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Feb. 12, 2021

#111 Solutions with the miracle question

The Miracle Question and you. The whole reason for us developing the solution focused toolkit training was because we know the solution focused model will not copy and paste into your work environment. That's why when you join us for …

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Feb. 5, 2021

#110 Questions in solution focused working

Since we launched the podcast there have been a few comments and questions from various channels. In this episode I thought I'd pause to answer a few of them. Please keep your comments and questions coming in although in future …

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Jan. 29, 2021

#109 Assumptions in solution focused working

Do you trust the cops? Whether you do or don't, you might be making assumptions about them that can cloud your judgement and the way you engage with them. So what about your client's, when dealing with your clients what …

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Jan. 29, 2021

#108 The solution focused light bulb moment

There are four big reasons why therapy works and most of them don't involve the therapist. It's an uncomfortable truth that the main components in a positive outcome are held by the client themselves. In this episode I talk about …

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Jan. 16, 2021

#107 Who really invented the solution focused approach?

It's so easy to get lost in the depths of academia when dealing with people and problems. However I challenge the idea that the certificates and diplomas are actually necessary? After all, the people who really came up with the …

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Jan. 9, 2021

#106 How’s your service feeling today?

In this very quick episode I wanted to talk about the solution focused attitude within your service. Not the wonderful talk strategies we employ but the fabric of the service itself. The feel of the whole, the physical signals that …

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Dec. 27, 2020

#105 Solution focused stories

Like many of the tools we introduce 'stories' are not strictly endorsed within the solution focused arena. However our work isn't for the therapy room, it's for the workplace. I know from experience in business and in all my roles …

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