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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.
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
How to do a Modelling Project
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
We summarise 15 years experience of conducting formal modelling projects and training modelling. Our ideas are presented as working notes and guidelines rather than a finished article. We intend to keep updating and expanding these notes. Please revisit this site and let us know if you think there is something we should add. All contributions will, of course, be credited.
Modelling: Top-down and Bottom-up
Two of the most common ways to model is to either build up patterns
or break wholes into parts. This article explains the differences between top-down and bottom-up modelling, and the value of the latter to 'clean' approaches such as Symbolic Modelling.
What is Therapeutic Modelling?
This article has been written as a dialogue. Some of these dialogues have actually occurred, although most of the questions are composites of those we have been asked over the years. It describes differnces between Therapeutic and Product modelling, and between Top-down and Bottom-up modelling.
From a constructivist, systemic perspective, nature doesn’t have causes — people punctuate the continuity of natural processes into ‘cause’ and ‘effect’. Aristotle identified four basic causes. They can be viewed as four different ways to perceive a situation. Our premise is that four perspectives are better than one, two, or three.
Paying attention to what they're paying attention to
Coaching for P.R.O.s
An introduction to the Perceiver-Perceived-Relationship-Context (PPRC) model. It enables a client’s verbal and nonverbal behaviour to be used to infer how they construct their model of their world, i.e. it is a model of perception from the client’s perspective.
Being able to make the distinction between a Problem, a Remedy and desired Outcome statement is vital to being an 'outcome orientated' facilitator. This article gives detailed instructions on how to recognise client's PRO statements and how to respond so that you have more choice about where you guide their attention.
PRO can also be used to keep meetings on track, to keep a group in a creative state, to move people beyond conflict towards a joint outcome, or in numerous other productive ways.