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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.
Ethics of Change Work
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.
A response to a request by John Grinder (co-developer of NLP) for information about David Grove's work and Symbolic Modelling as examples of processes that involve "transactions that are designed to provoke change without the imposition of the agent’s own material."
When the Remedy is the Problem
This paper investigates how attempting to apply a remedy to a problem
can sometimes perpetuate or exacerbate that problem or create another
problem, and then the attempted remedy is itself a problem. We draw heavily on the work of Paul Watzlawick and his colleagues in the 1960s and 70s at
the Brief Therapy Center of the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto,
What is a feedback loop?
What are the ten principles of feedback loops?
What difference does it make to think in terms of feedback loops?
These notes reveal all.