While on holiday in Tenerife recently, John (husband) and I visited the Botanical Gardens in Puerto de la Cruz. And there we came across this magnificent tree with the sign ‘La estrategia del gigante’ – ‘the strategy of the giant’.
The Strategy of the Giant
The tree’s Latin name – Ficus macrophylla f. columnaris – reveals it’s actually a type of fig tree with column-like roots. The roots grow from the top part of the tree and act as columns or buttresses, allowing the tree to spread over a considerable area. Eventually the roots become trunks in their own right.
We were enthralled by this tree, having never seen anything like it before, and I love the title, ‘the strategy of the giant’. Here is a tree with a mission, and a complex architecture and methodology for achieving that mission. The tree we saw must have been about 20 metres wide by 30 metres high… a giant of a tree indeed.
The whole thing put me in mind of a phrase Caitlin often uses when she is talking about modelling; she talks about the way that clean questions uncover someone’s ‘hidden architecture’ – the ‘scaffolding’ that holds a person’s beliefs and strategies in place and which allows them to keep on being them, running their patterns and perhaps also trying to fulfil a mission, but often one they don’t even know anything about. Caitlin in turn adopted the phrase ‘hidden architecture’ from Jean-François Noubel.
Of course, it’s not just clients who have hidden architectures; facilitators do too. And in our next webinar, we are going to uncover some of the hidden architecture that’s in play during a Clean Language Interview.
During the webinar, Caitlin will be cleanly interviewing Phil Swallow on how he stays calm in stressful situations. (As well as being a fellow Clean Language trainer, Phil is also a glider pilot/instructor and an events manager, so he encounters more than his fair share of stressful situations.) And every so often I will stop the interview and will model what is happening for Caitlin – what is her hidden architecture – live, in the moment.
So you will be able to observe a Clean Language Interview which will uncover Phil’s hidden architecture for staying calm AND you’ll get to find out what is happening inside Caitlin’s brain as she does it. And we will leave some time at the end of this hour-long webinar to answer some of your questions, too.
The webinar will take place at 9.15am next Tuesday, March 27th – and it’s free.
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We think the webinar will be of interest to anyone who interviews others as part of their work, whether that’s market research, academic research, journalism, writing books, HR, police work, health care, critical incident reporting, sales, project management or customer service. If you know anyone who works in one of these professions please forward this email to them.
We hope you can join us!
PS If you’re interested but can’t join us live, register anyway. Immediately after the session, a recording will become available on the same link.