Effective Changework in Business

I’ve met more than one NLP trainer or coach who has been hired to go into a business and been pleased that their input has resulted in people realising that they need to move on elsewhere. While I appreciate that there are times when that genuinely is the best option for an individual, it strikes me as somewhat less than elegant as an intervention given that — so I hear — NLP is a systemic way of thinking and acting.

If nothing else, it seems dumb to reduce the chance of further work with a client by motivating their staff to move on. And there are people who approach such matters with more elegance. Michael Breen, asked to do a motivational seminar for employees at one company, stopped to ask the vital question ‘Were they demotivated when you got them?’.

The answer to that question revealed what was going on — changes at the company had caused problems for many, with the result that they were now demotivated. So, rather than take the easy route as so many would have done and run a motivational session anyway, Michael explored the structural issues that had led to the employees’ change of heart and worked with them.

To me, that approach has integrity and wisdom which all too often quick fix change merchants lack. I’m not sure there’s a specific question I’m asking as a result of all this, but I’m interested in what the experiences of others are in the realm of NLP applications in business, and whether the changes suggested or implemented were of genuine utility or…otherwise.

Effective Changework in Business

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