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Program to help global executives and team managers boost their leadership skills

Program to help global executives and team managers boost their leadership skills

NLP is one of the key coaching tools I use in my executive coaching practice and it is one of the tools I train students globally who attend my coach training programs. Once the people I work with begin to understand the power that NLP can provide in their roles as either leaders or coaches, they truly embrace this transformational coaching tool.

The practice of NLP often brings up a lot of questions. Many people are misinformed about what NLP is all about and how it can be used effectively within a coaching practice. With that in mind, I want to take some time in this blog post to really get beyond the mystery of NLP to create some clarity about why I believe it is such an important modality in the practice of coaching. One of the most important things to remember is that no two people are the same. NLP is not a modality that is formulated through an assembly line process whereby the same tools are used over and over. Rather, just as each person is different; the NLP process used in each coaching session can also be uniquely different. Expanding on this that idea, I believe that in order to truly understand what NLP is and how to use it in either a leadership or coaching role (or both), it is first important to recognize what NLP is NOT.

  • The most important thing to remember when starting any coaching relationship is that it is not a quick fix. Similarly, NLP Coaching is not a magic pill. While the practice of NLP embraces very powerful scientific strategies, it is not designed to be an instant cure to whatever issues, concerns or blocks the coachee might be facing.
  • NLP Coaching does not exist on a linear platform. This means that it is not a step-by-step approach, but rather several tools that might be used in conjunction with each other to obtain the best results. Additionally, because every individual is different, the tools used and the order in which they are used might be different.
  • It is not a form of hypnosis or mind-control. While NLP is a powerful approach to understanding the mind, it is not a tool that in anyway takes away the coachee’s ability to reason. Rather, it is designed to give the client the skills they need to make their own decisions and draw their own conclusions. The goal of NLP Coaching is to give the client the power to create their own understanding of their situation so that they might move past it to create a new reality for themselves.

So that might lead one to ask…then what exactly IS NLP? In short, the NLP process assists in the development of behavioral competence and flexibility, strategic thinking and an understanding of the mental and cognitive processes behind behavior. Neuro-linguistic Programming
Provides powerful tools and skills for communication and change

  • Establishes a system of empowering beliefs and presuppositions (what human beings are; what communication is; what the process of change is all about)
  • Encourages self-discovery (who am I and what is my mission?)
  • Provides a framework for understanding and relating to the spiritual part of human experience that goes beyond the individual
  • Focuses on competence, excellence, wisdom and vision

Working through the NLP methodology allows the coach and client to come together in identifying the often unacknowledged, unconscious beliefs that are sabotaging or holding the professional back from moving to the next steps in their career. NLP coaching supports clients with the tools they need to reprogram these beliefs and create their individual pathway to success.

One of the biggest reasons people have so many misunderstandings about the practice of NLP Coaching is because some practitioners fail to provide coaching curriculums that are approved by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Additionally, because NLP and coaching cannot be learned through lecture alone, it is important to include live demonstration, discussion, small group processes, simulations, role-plays and practice coaching sessions to enhance the student’s level of understanding.

ALCN’s coach training programs are Accredited Coach Training Programs (ACTP) by the ICF, the highest level of credentialing with ICF. This designation is awarded to programs that meet professional standards established by the ICF. For more information about NLP or ALCN’s coach training programs, please contact us.

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