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Modelling Beginnings and Ends

PART A - In pairs. 15 minutes each way.

Facilitate your partner to self-model their strategy for knowing when they consider today's event started/began. Ask:

When did [today's Developing Group] start for you?
How do you know that's when it started?

Note any words or gestures that symbolise them having started.

Debrief in whole group: Compare and contrast people's models of knowing an event has started.

PART B - Two pairs become a team of 4. (Do not specify a time for Part B)

Handout an envelope to each team. The envelope contains strips of paper each of which has printed on it one of the 'beginnings' or 'ends' words listed below. Each team is to:

1. Separate the enclosed words into two groups:
about 'beginnings'
about 'endings'.

2. Arrange the words spatially so you have a sequence depicting the temporal relationships between the words.

After some groups appear to have finished and some haven't (usually about 15 minutes) ask everyone to stop, whether they have finished on not.

Hand each team a piece of paper drawn thus:



3. Each team member marks where they were on the time line were when 'time' was called in activity A


PART C - Pair up with someone else in your team. 15 minutes each way.

Facilitate your partner to self-model their strategy for knowing when they have (or will have) finished Part A of the activity. Start by asking them which ever question is appropriate:

How did you know you had finished/completed the 'sorting the words' activity?
or
How would you have known you had finished/completed the 'sorting the words' activity?

Note any words or gestures that symbolise them having finished:

[Examples from the group were:
  • That's it.
  • That's enough for now.
  • I decided to end it.
  • Time to move on.
  • I just finished.
  • Done it.
  • Good enough.
  • It's over.]

Debrief in whole group: Compare and contrast people's model's of knowing they have finished the activity.

PART D - In the whole group

Questions to the whole group:

How many arranged the words:

Beginning/Start -> End/Finished
or
End/Finished -> Begin/Start?

What happens when swap them round in your mind?

Did you notice more of a response to some words than others (in Part B)?

If so, which had the most and least chage for you?

Do you have a preference for:

- Beginnings/starts
- Middles/durings
- Ends/finishes

If so, put them in order of preference.

What could this tell you about who you might like to have in a work team?

Is there a relationship between your models for starts/begins and ends/finishes (Part A and Part C) and how you start/end:

- a client session?
- a conversation?
- a relationship?
- a job?
- a project?

Do any patterns enable you?
And do any inhibit you?

PART E - In pairs. 45 minutes each way.

Facilitate your partner to self-model how thay

Given what you now know about yourself in relation to beginnings/starts and ends/finishes, what would you like to have happen?



List of words about 'beginning' and 'ending':

Arise

Begin

Birth

Burst out

Commence

Creation

Dawn

Emerge

Embark on

Enter

Establish

Launch

Lead

Inception

Initiate

Infancy

Institute

Inaugurate

Get going

Go ahead

Onset

Open

Origin

Originate

Outset

Prepare

Set in motion

Set out

Set up

Source

Spring

Sprout

Start
Boundary

Break off

Call off

Cease

Climax

Close

Complete

Conclude

Consequence

Culminate

Denouement

Draw to a close

Edge

End

Epilogue

Extent

Extinction

Finale

Finish

Furthermost

Last

Limit

Margin

Outcome

Period

Point

Resolution

Result

Stop

Tail end

Terminate

Tip

Wrap-up


Penny Tompkins & James Lawley
Penny and James are supervising neurolinguistic psychotherapists – registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy since 1993 – coaches in business, certified NLP trainers, and founders of The Developing Company.

They have provided consultancy to organisations as diverse as GlaxoSmithKline, Yale University Child Study Center, NASA Goddard Space Center and the Findhorn Spiritual Community in Northern Scotland.


Their book,
Metaphors in Mind
was the first comprehensive guide to Symbolic Modelling using the Clean Language of David Grove. An annotated training DVD, A Strange and Strong Sensation demonstrates their work in a live session. They have published over 200 articles and blogs freely available on their website: cleanlanguage.co.uk
 
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7-9 May 2018



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