The Mind

The Impact Of Hidden Organisational Metaphors

If your organisation was a person, what kind of person would it be? Lean and Agile? Or something different? Our metaphors have profound implications – but they’re often invisible. That’s because metaphor is the native language of the unconscious mind, the atom of thought. Our minds are so awash with metaphors that we hardly notice …

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Who Uses Clean Language – And Why?

Teachers. Software development teams (especially Agile ones). Facilitators. Hypnotists. Managers. Health professionals. Distributed teams and their leaders. Entrepreneurs. Coaches. Students. Academics. Bodyworkers. Neurodiversity campaigners. Trainers. Sales people. Unemployed teenagers. Mediators. Marketers. Psychotherapists…. The varied list of professional (and other) groups that use Clean Language just keeps on growing. Next week I’m speaking at a hypnosis …

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My Groups Keep Making This Clean Language Mistake. Why?

It happens every time. The same mistake. Every time. And, it’s starting to dawn on me that there’s actually something interesting going on when it happens. Here’s the scenario. I take a group through their first experience of asking, and being asked, the Clean Language questions. I start the debrief, “What happened when you were …

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Can You Learn “People Skills” Like You Learn To Swim?

Can you learn “people skills” in the same way you learn to swim, or to play an instrument? As a trainer, I dream of creating something like the Swimsmooth Guru. Just keep turning up to the pool twice a week, follow the session plans provided, and you’ll become a better, faster swimmer. I achieved an unbelievable …

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Why Do You Think You Know What I’m Thinking?

Learning to use Clean Language to understand what another person is really thinking and feeling starts with a crucial step: the step of appreciating that you don’t already know. Almost universally, people seem to believe they know what the people around them are thinking and feeling. And frequently, they act on their beliefs, without checking in with …

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