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Previous issues available to read and/or download:

Space to Think? (issued Feb 2009) click here to read the webpage, and here to download the file

Skirting around the issue - Boundaries (issued Jun 2009) click here to download

What part do Parts play in Clean? (issued October 2009) click here to download

What's happening here, now...? (issued December 2009) click here to download

The Relationship between Knowing and Doing (December 2012)

Dear all,

Just recently I have been pondering on the relationship between knowing and doing. Francis Bacon said knowledge is power. And for many (including me), this seems to be true, the more we know and understand about our situation and our goal, the easier it seems to become to decide what to do next and take action. However that doesn’t seem to be true for all and in fact, experts refer to the knowing vs doing ‘gap’ that exists when people have a great deal of knowledge but still fail to take action. In his book ‘Futureshock’, Toffler warns that ‘information overload’ can lead to paralysis.

I guess we are all unique and it’s hardly surprising that the relationship between knowing and doing is going to be different for all of us. What kind of relationship is it for you, between knowing and doing?

Perhaps an even more important question to ask – and answer – would be: What kind of knowing are we talking about here?

The definition of what knowledge is covers a whole branch of philosophy (that of epistemology), so this is a far from straightforward question. We lump a whole lot of different kinds of stuff into the “Things we know” pile, including both explicit (knowing what) and tacit knowledge (knowing how). Explicit knowledge can exist outside of ourselves. It can be written down and communicated to others, such as material facts and objective ‘truths’. Whereas the tacit lies within each of us, and is ‘more than we can tell’, including personal beliefs, values and experience. As we live in a world now that’s exploding with explicit knowledge (often contradictory), available instantly everywhere through electronic devices - could this kind of knowing actually stifle our ability to decide and act?

Hodgkin describes ‘tacit’ knowledge as ‘a range of conceptual and sensory information and images that can be brought to bear in an attempt to make sense of something’. The book “Personal Knowledge” by Michael Polanyi argues against so called objective knowledge and for the value of passionate, personal participation in all comprehension. It is that passion that turns knowing into doing? Knowledge that makes a difference.

Clean Coaching focuses repeatedly on what the coachee knows, (without any external input, advice or suggestions from the coach) which inevitably creates the catalyst for action. One key value to Clean Coaching is the time and space given to explore what the coachee tacitly knows now, here. At this moment and in this space. Rather than rush headlong towards agreeing actions that may or may not actually happen or indeed help the coachee make progress. Clean techniques hold the coachee in their own introspective experience long enough for their understanding to deepen, widen, increase and possibly change. Until actions become so motivational and obviously ‘right’ that the coachee can carry them out with ease. Read more about Clean Coaching below…

Learning more about CLEAN next year

If you want to learn more about Clean Coaching, please check our website as we have now scheduled all our training dates for 2013.

We have launched new low cost, high value interactive distance learning courses in both Clean Language and Emergent Knowledge, with start dates in the first week of January, cost from just £49.00. Click here or through this link for more details:

For those who have already had some basic clean training, why not enhance and develop your skills by taking an advanced module with us?

We have Clean Language for Coaches Module Three: Putting it all together with Confidence starting next Tuesday 11th December and still have some spaces free. This is a highly experiential course that focuses on discovering your own metaphors and thinking patterns for using Clean Language. We also explore confidence ratings and use this to track and discover the scales that people naturally use to measure and assess relationships between things. Lots of hand-on practice and encouraging feedback will help you develop further in both confidence and competence. Email us asap if you’d like to find out more.

Early next year we will be repeating our popular Module Two programme, “Exploring the Parts and Finding a Whole” which covers three critical aspects of Clean Language: Modelling, Systems Thinking and Parts. Next dates: 12th February, 26th February and 12th March. Click here for more info:

Finally, the next Module One courses start at the end of February, go to our homepage for links to all dates.

That’s all for now, I hope you have enjoyed this newsletter and please do pass on to others you think may be interested too.


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