Metaphor

Influential Metaphors: Digging Into Roots And Foundations

Interesting experiment this week. In the process of crafting some promotional materials for a potential workshop, I’ve been digging into a couple of “underground” metaphors. I asked my social media network for help – and the results were fascinating. As I’ll be telling a group at Aginext on Friday, when you want to persuade someone …

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Remarkable! Some Notes About Metaphor

Of the three essentials of Clean Language, it’s metaphor that makes Clean Language really remarkable. Metaphor compares one kind of thing to another kind of thing, and (in this context) includes subcategories such as simile and metonymy. Metaphor is: a hugely powerful engine for change the native language of the unconscious mind the atom of …

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Filling Your Facilitator Toolkit With Clean Language

Recently I’ve done lots of workshops introducing Clean Language to Agile coaches, facilitators and trainers. When I ask why they signed up, many of them share the same metaphor: they wanted more tools for their facilitator toolkit. Of course, as we soon discover, each of them means something slightly different by that phrase. No two …

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How To Use Clean Language To Develop A System Metaphor

Metaphor isn’t a new thing in the world of software development. As I’ve been increasingly working with Agile coaches in the last couple of years, I’ve been hearing about Agile’s precursor, XP – Extreme Programming, and how “it used to use metaphor, but people didn’t understand it so they dropped it”. Agilists love Clean Language. …

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