Inspiring Capability in Organisations
At Training Attention we create intelligent networks of attention across groups, enabling them to make the most of the experience and expertise of each individual present.
Our mission is to support leaders, in all sectors, to build collaborative, sustainable, peaceful and highly effective organisations.
Our vision is to grow our network, slowly and intelligently, in local and global partnerships, testing and refining our work and supporting the world to move from contempt and conflict, towards curiosity and collaboration.
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Over 10 years ago I was invited to adapt Clean Language into a form of police video interviewing for vulnerable witnesses. We already had an adaption of Clean Language for use more conversationally in teams and groups, and this was to be an exciting new application.
When interviewing witnesses like young children or adults with learning difficulties, it is particularly important that the questions asked do not lead them in any way. It has been shown that unclean questions can lead to false memories and unsound witness statements.
There's a really interesting shift that Marian and I are noticing within our consultancy.
In the past, most of the big projects that I've won have hinged on one champion working very hard to bring Clean Language and Systemic Modelling into their organisation or service. Most of the people who come on our trainings do so in their own time, funding themselves.
Over the last few months I've noticed that when I'm invited in there are usually two or three people who are calling for a clean approach.
When there is repeated misunderstanding and miscommunication between colleagues, it is rarely down to the actual content that they are trying to communicate and is much more likely to be down to assumptions, lack of trust or even simply that their brains are hard wired very differently and that they struggle to process the way in which the other communicates.
Within our consultancy, our Metaphors at Work process helps teams and leaders to elicit and develop their underlying metaphors for how they work at their best and how they would like to work together.
When people are experiencing problems in their business, they often look for external consultants or resources to help them out – rather than considering whether they may already have the resources they need within themselves, their team or their organisation. In this 5-minute video clip I talk about how I help people to develop their own home-grown solutions using the expertise in the group.
Caitlin Walker on TEDx
Caitlin Walker, founder of Training Attention, has written her first book about this work, "From Contempt to Curiosity: Creating the Conditions for Groups to Collaborate using Clean Language & Systemic Modelling."
She spent 15 years working with diverse groups from disaffected teenagers to senior leaders in business and education. Along the way she developed Systemic Modelling, a methodology for encouraging groups to move away from drama and towards collective trust.
The book plots her journey from being an innovative youth worker to developing a highly-sought-after business consultancy, through a series of authentic and ground-breaking stories.
You can read how Systemic Modelling has been used for developing collective trust within classrooms, businesses and communities which in turn creates a context for groups to make the most of one another’s expertise and experience and to begin to collaborate in new and emergent ways.