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Beyond Logic

 

Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them."    

Albert Einstein

 

The  Clean Language Process can to take your thinking to a whole new level.  Applying Clean Language  to conversations creates

Less arguments, more creativity
More respect for diversity
An opportunity for people to communicate their own meaning
More understanding leading to cooperative, productive relationships

  

Clean Language is a process in which the conversation centres around metaphors that inform and drive us. It helps us understand the way people perceive themselves and their environment and creates an opportunity to change how we can respond.

 

"We are a well-oiled machine" describes a completely different experience of teamwork to  the comment: "We are a finely tuned instrument" or "We are a force of nature." Can you imagine how this team might function if these metaphors are not made explicit between team members?

 

Words are powerful, and business people harness this power when they use metaphors. The use of metaphors does three things:

1. Metaphors help capture attention.

2. Metaphors create connections with other people.

3. Metaphors simplify complex ideas.

If you understand your metaphors and those of your team you can respond with flexibility and creativity. Metaphors are like images. A single metaphor can express a thousand words. A single metaphor can reveal relationships with time & space, cause & effect, emotions and beliefs as well as cultural assumptions. 

 

What images and ideas are created (and eliminated without thought) by these common metaphors?

    • Behind the scenes
    • The road to success
    • Lay a foundation
    • The jury is still out
    • Red flags
    • Warning lights are flashing
    • Silver bullet solution
    • Keep your eye on the ball

Applications of Clean in business

There are numerous ways to apply clean in business. Here are a few:

  • Coaching your staff 
  • Creating high-performing teams, where team members understand each other's key metaphors and motivators 
  • Consulting - eliciting requirements, where a business analyst can quickly uncover a stakeholder’s unique needs