The global reach of Leadership Metaphor Explorer™

From: Wright, Joel
Sent: 19 May 2010 11:45
Subject: Metaphor Explorer Question

Clemson and I were talking about the Metaphor Explorer and he asked if I had ever used it cross culturally and outside of the US. Upon reflection, the only time I had was when I was in Prague. Clemson was curious about how some of the cards are being received in less democratic locations. He mentioned some of the cards are very western/democratic and was curious: does anyone have some insight into this? Thanks!


From: Harrison III, Steadman
Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 11:48 AM
To: Wright, Joel
Subject: RE: Metaphor Explorer Question


In the last month I’ve used the Leadership Metaphor Explorer deck in Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia–quite a range of governance and culture and language. The UN-IFAD team here in Khartoum will be taking LME with them as we head to the field tomorrow… heading down South to Rufaa and over to Wad Arakay on the edge of the desert… the entire training will be in Arabic and the locals won’t be able to read the English subtitles on the cards… should be a great test to see how they are received!

My sense is that the newest deck is more global… we’ve replaced a few of the cards and updated some of the other pictures.

Just a quick update… from Sudan.


About Charles J. Palus & David Magellan Horth

Charles J. Palus & David Magellan Horth are Senior Fellows at the Center for Creative Leadership. Many thanks to Steadman Harrison III, CEO of GO, and Senior Associate for the Center for Creative Leadership.
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2 Responses to The global reach of Leadership Metaphor Explorer™

  1. Julie says:

    I've used the LME cards successfully with nationals in Timor Leste (East Timor) who speak many languages, but not much English, and the images worked well: some groups will 'read' different things into the cards than westerners might, so you need nimble facilitation. Have also used them in multi-cultural groups with good English language skills in a range of countries in Asia and Africa, again with good success. The hands down successful CCL tool in international settings though is the Visual Explorer.

    Julie, Catalyst Global Leadership Program, MSI

  2. Hamish says:

    I've also now have had more experience of using the new deck and the impact of the changes that were made during the long conversations and exchanges with Chuck, David and Bruce have indeed very deliberately made the deck more global.
    Glad to see that the input has been perceivable.

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