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From Contempt to Curiosity - Creating the Conditions for Groups to Collaborate

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The book is a series of stories from Caitlin’s first meeting with David Grove to the development of Clean Modelling for groups and contains the principles and models underpinning Systemic Modelling. It’s as relevant to business leaders as it is to parents, to organisational development as it is to creating learning communities.
Paperback, 216 pages
Published March 13th 2014 by Clean Publishing
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Andrea Chiou
Caitlin Walker has written a brilliant book recounting her own 15 year journey with Clean Language as applied to groups - a compilation of stories illustrating the models that she developed along the way which she now groups together and calls Systemic Modelling. This work builds on the work of others as well - the originator of Clean Language, David Grove, and his original modellers, Penny Tompkins and James Lawley, with whom Caitlin trained and learned. She acknowledges these and many others w ...more
Johan Dahlbäck
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book about communication and systemic thinking for interaction between individuals and groups. The introduction of the subject follows the writers own path of understanding the subject, and is shown through case studies that are relevant for introducing the next level. As I already have clean language tools I have been using for more than a year I can't answer for how someone new to the subject takes it in through the book. The usefulness of the book for me will proably be to add ...more
Jason Swanson
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is an amazing journey to actually observe what humans are doing and saying in a systems theory type of way, and mirror communication in a way as to not corrupt someone else's thoughts with your own thoughts. This allows for a greater chance at empathetic communication as everyone is communicating through a different lens. The clean communication style is able to help everyone's lenses align to a greater degree. ...more
Sarah
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
At first read this book seemed like some interesting stories and techniques. With the second read I discovered it is much more. Understanding that everyone has different invisible architecture underlying all of their thoughts, and that this architecture is wholly unique for every person, so much so that I can't even say one word and you think the same thing I'm thinking .. that's just mind-blowing. There really isn't a right or wrong, black or white, anywhere for anything. I think of the whole w ...more
Pisketti
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was keen to learn more about lean language and all its potential applications.
The subject was somewhat familiar but I knew I had a lot learn. I was not disappointed.
Systemic modelling, the use of metaphors in recognizing our own patterns and ways of making sense of the world was enlightening.
In the beginning Walker describes how she found clean language and how her journey started and then goes to document several cases where she with her colleagues achieved positive impact using these method
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Andrew
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Feels like a good summary of bits from Five Whys, EQ, How to talk to kids, and OKRs, mixed into a clean approach. I'll have to revisit the book for details but the basic method is super simple and effective. ...more
Antti Kirjavainen
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book about an approach of group and team coaching. Lots of new insights even for experienced coaches. The clean language approach is novel and offers a different viewpoint to many other coaching stances.
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This book reminded me why I like clean language so much. It is captivating, and feels realistic. There's a lot to unpack, and I'm fairly sure that I'll read it again to grasp everything I've read. ...more
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