Communication is key to successful leadership. However often without realising it, leaders can pollute their language with their own views and assumptions, especially during turbulent times such as these.
In episode 3, hear from Executive Coaches, Jackie Arnold and Elaine Patterson as they explain how implementing Clean Language alongside Executive Reflection can break down cultural barriers, motivate your team and achieve goals in a global, virtual and diverse world.
Hear examples of how you could implement this quickly and effectively in your own organisation by working with metaphors.
“He discovered that very often people used to, if you like, pollute the language of the person they were working with, with their own thoughts, their own world view, their own way of speaking, which interrupted the thought patterns of those they were working with.” – Jackie Arnold – 1:33
“Clean Language enables leaders to stay in their own mindset and in their own worldview. And is therefore extremely respectful. It honours the cultural mix, and the blending of identities, races, languages and stays with the thinking and feeling of the leader, even across virtual platforms and continents”. – Jackie Arnold – 4:14
“And it is in this not knowing I believe that Clean Language is so useful, because we don’t know what we don’t know, until we ask. And so we can’t make a cultural assumption. And we make these unconsciously very often. And as we are now all Global Citizens, clean language helps to break down these barriers and enables leaders to work globally and have more fluid thoughts that emerge effortlessly. And I believe that this brings greater clarity and focus to their work”. – Jackie Arnold – 7.11
“I believe that one of the most important skills to use with Clean Language is the ability to be comfortable with silence and pauses. Because it’s in that oasis, in that space that leaders can think with a greater depth and with greater wisdom. And I think another skill is to understand that there are a lot of unconscious biases within us. And to delve into that a little bit and have a more understanding of our own global influence, our own cultural influences and how that’s shaped us so that we know where our own pitfalls are when working with global leaders in this way.” – Jackie Arnold – 9:58
“It slows everything down. It enables the facilitator to enter that reflective space that we’ve talked about with Executive Reflection and it enables the leader to go into that space with the facilitator and to find different aspects of themselves, different perspectives that they perhaps hadn’t thought of before because of the fast pace of our world and make those incredibly wise decisions in these very very turbulent times that we’re living in” – Jackie Arnold – 15:27
Links & references:
- Read the literature:: https://bit.ly/executivereflection
- Read Jackie’s book “Coaching Supervision at it’s B.E.S.T: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Coaching-Supervision-its-B-S-T/dp/1845908627
- Learn about Jackie: https://coach4executives.com/
- Learn about Elaine: https://www.elainepattersonexecutivecoaching.com/
- Metaphors in Mind by Penny Tompkins and James Lawley: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Metaphors-Mind-Transformation-Symbolic-Modelling/dp/0953875105
- David Grove, Clean Language: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clean_language