Where can Clean Language be useful?

I’ve been working a lot with groups and teams recently as part of my Xtraordinary Teams project. And I’ve been talking to lots more people about where “my stuff” – Clean Language and metaphor – is most useful. And in the process, I’ve come up with a little model. It seems to me that the value…

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Clean Language: making metaphor physical

If the mention of “metaphor” takes you back to the classroom, you’re not alone! Many of us remember being told that using metaphor – comparing one kind of thing to another kind of thing – was something great writers and orators did. Shakespeare and Aristotle were quoted as masters of metaphor. What our teachers didn’t…

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Experimenting with Clean Set-Up

I’m currently experimenting with using Caitlin Walker’s Clean Set-Up process, as detailed in her excellent book From Contempt To Curiosity. Care to join me? Like my standard question to myself (and my coaching clients), “What would you like to have happen?” the Clean Set-Up focusses one’s mind on one’s desired outcome, typically in relation to…

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Metaphor Is A One-Way Street

Have you ever noticed that metaphor is a one-way street? Metaphors typically compare abstract concepts to less abstract, more physical experiences, and not the other way round. I first came across this idea in James Geary’s book I Is An Other, in which he quotes a pop song which says, “Love is like a bottle…

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How to come up with a good name

Whats the best way to come up with a good name for something – a product or service, for example? Once something has a name, it really becomes a “something”. For example, if I tell you I can help your team to collaborate more effectively, that’s useful. But if I mention that I can teach…

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