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.
Using Metaphors with Coaching
Like a kid in a sweet shop
As a tool for coaching, the client's metaphors give you an insight
into their unique perception of their situation and their goals. When
the client tells you that they can 'see light at the end of the
tunnel', that is what they are experiencing. There is light for them,
and they are in a tunnel. They will unconsciously 'know' much more
about their situation from this metaphoric viewpoint.
Coaching for P.R.O.s
Over the past few years I've had the privilege of working with
, whose restaurant, The Fat Duck
, was named the
best restaurant in the world by The Restaurant magazine in 2005. Heston has given
me his permission to touch on that part of our work that has used
Symbolic Modelling in a generative frame.
Clean Language in Sport
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.
I describe how I used Clean Language to facilitate Sports Performers' metaphors to give them a
greater awareness of their sensory/intuitive processes and provides a
language to discuss the previously 'difficult to describe' processes
like: "How to get into the zone".
Emergent Knowledge and Clean Coaching
This article covers the development of David Grove's Emergent Knowledge (ΣK™) and Carol Wilson's Clean Coaching which includes aspects of ΣK™. It also looks at the differences between Clean Coaching and conventional coaching and explores some of the principles of Emergent Knowledge including a case study.
Metaphor & Symbolic Modelling For Coaches
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Using Symbolic Modelling with Binding Patterns
- Use of metaphor in coaching, therapy and healing
- Development of Symbolic Modelling and Clean Language
- How and why Symbolic Modelling works
- Unique elements of Symbolic Modelling
- The structure of a session
- Case history
Symbolic Modelling is an ‘outcome orientated’ methodology, but this does not mean we ignore problems. This article defines three kinds of problem, and describes how to work with client problems involving ‘binding patterns’. First published in The Listener, EN#2, Oct 2012.
A Clean Corner of Coaching Supervision
How can I bring out and work with my client’s agenda and keep out of the way? An answer in my coaching practice has been to use Clean Language. Now that I work as a supervisor, I have been discovering the place Clean Language can have in supervision too.
Systemic Modelling: coaching for organisational learning
We introduce our organisational coaching process, Systemic Modelling, outlining where it comes from and how it works as a cornerstone of our organisational development work. We present a case study and evaluation of results. We track the shift in thinking of a group of senior managers from a silo mentality, blame or defense culture to networking, collaboration and creativity. We conclude with a reflection of the impact team coaching had on organisational learning.