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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).
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
The Role of Meta-comments
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.
‘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
Proximity and Meaning
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 These are unpublished notes written for The Developing Group
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.
The root meaning of the word ‘conflict’ is ‘to strike together’. A friend of ours, Lynne Bell
Coaching with Metaphor
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.
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
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