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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:
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Using Symbolic Modelling as a Research & Interview Tool

Vectoring and Systemic Outcome Orientation
Whatever happens during a session, excellent facilitators and therapists always seem to know where to go next. They are also able to pursue a line of questioning and to navigate elegantly through the client’s information.  To find out how they do this we undertook a modelling project. Our exemplars were David Grove, Steve De Shazer, Robert Dilts, Steve Andreas (and ourselves).  
Maximising Serendipity
This paper explores six stages which need to happen for serendipity to have occurred, the features of each stage and ways maximize the potential for serendipity. 
Coaching in the Moment
A prototype model of how to use Vivian Gladwell's (of Nose to Nose) approach to training clowns to develop any skill that can benefit from in-the-moment feedback which does not interrupt the process. The example given is enhancing skills of Symbolic Modelling.
The Role of Meta-comments
‘Meta-comments’ are those verbal and nonverbal expressions which comment on what has just happened. These ‘about-the-now’ comments can range from the fully conscious and explicit to the completely unconscious and implicit. They are much more common than you might expect. This paper describes how to recognise and make use of them in your facilitation. 
Iteration, Iteration, Iteration
If you search for 'iteration' on the web you will find precious little outside the domain of mathematics and computing. And yet iteration is commonly seen in nature as a way for organisms to grow and develop and as a change process in an increasing number of psychotherapeutic procedures. So what is iteration and how can we make use of it? These are unpublished notes written for The Developing Group.
Proximity and Meaning

Adjacency is about 'next to-ness'.  It creates meaning in people's minds - naturally.  This article examines the significance of adjacency, how we can recognise it, and how we can work with it for ourselves and our clients, taking a 'clean' approach to adjacency.

Modelling Conflict
The root meaning of the word ‘conflict’ is ‘to strike together’. A friend of ours, Lynne Bell
wondered, “Does this produce a spark or a conflagration?” Judy DeLozier calls a minor or
early-stage conflict “a bump”. Conflict also derives from the Latin for ‘a contest’. So no
wonder the prototypical image of a conflict is a fight. 
Coaching with Metaphor
Are you aware that your clients use metaphor several times a minute? And that your clients reason and act in ways that are consistent with their metaphors?  And that the nature of metaphor makes it ideal for working with out-of-the-ordinary problems and high-level goals? And that Clean Language keeps coaches' (unconscious) metaphors out of the coaching process, and facilitates clients' metaphors to change — and as they do, so do their perceptions, decisions and actions? If not, you need to read this article.
Des metaphores dans la tete
By Penny Tompkins & James Lawley | Published 04 09 2006

Metaphors in Mind by James Lawley and Penny Tompkins is published in French by Dunod-InterEditions as: Des Métaphores Dans La Tête: Transformation par la Modélisation Symbolique et le Clean Language.
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