DisneyAs a leadership coach, one the ways I get to support clients is by helping them learn how to model techniques that will support them to overcome limiting stories in their lives and create a pathway of creativity toward future success.

There are many NLP techniques and strategies that can be utilized to assist clients uncover and overcome blocks towards their future success. One technique that I find very powerful is modeled after the ultimate dreamer, Walt Disney. The purpose of the Disney Creativity Strategy NLP Coaching Technique is to create behavioral strategies that support the client in accessing and integrating creativity to help them achieve their desired outcome.

Walt Disney was very successful at turning fantasies into reality. The Disney Creativity Strategy was modeled and developed as NLP tool by NLP pioneer and author, Robert Dilts. According to Dilts, “Walt Disney’s ability to connect his innovative creativity with successful business strategy and popular appeal certainly qualifies him as a genius in the field of entertainment. In a way, Disney’s chosen medium of expression, the animated film, characterizes the fundamental process of all genius: the ability to take something that exists in the imagination only and forge it into a physical existence that directly influences the experience of others in a positive way.”

The Disney Creativity Strategy separates out three vital roles for the client – the dreamer, the realist, and the critic. These roles will help the client through the process of generating and creating ideas and translating them into reality.

  1.  Dreamer – In the dreamer role, the client should consider a time when they came up with new creative ideas (their dreams). They should be encouraged to let their mind wander freely and produce a visionary big picture with no boundaries, limitations or restraint. Creating these dreams should be easy and effortless. Once the client determines the event, they are asked to step into the Dreamer location and relive the experience.
  2. In the Realist position, the client is encouraged to organize their ideas and create a plan. They should consider what would need to happen to make the dream a reality. Additionally, the client should consider a time that they created and implemented a realistic plan to put an idea into action. Again, they should step into this position and remember the experience.
  3. As the Critic, the client is asked test their plan – they should look for problems, difficulties and unintended consequences, evaluate them and ask “What could go wrong?” They should take the time to recall a situation where they effectively evaluated a plan using both positive and constructive ideas to determine any roadblocks that would circumvent the effectiveness of the plan. They are asked again to step into the position and relieve the event.

Stepping back into the starting position, a Meta-Position the client should then determine an outcome or goal they want to achieve in their professional or personal lives. The client is asked to work through the three positions of Dreamer, Realist and Critic to see how they can accomplish the goal. They should draw upon the positive past experiences in each position to help them client discover how they can achieve a positive outcome for their current goal.

Once the client has worked through all three positions, they are asked to step back into the Dreamer position. At this time, they should utilize the ideas they discovered in the Critic and Realist positions to creatively change the plan to make it more effective and achievable. The process of moving through each of the positions should continue until there is congruency between all three.

The Walt Disney NLP Coaching Technique is a powerful tool to help both the coach and the client channel inner creativity in an effective way while ensuring all paths to success are flowing in the same manner.

Are you wondering how NLP can help you channel your inner dreamer as a leader? Contact the Academy of Leadership Coaching & NLP for more information! Or, consider working with our team through individual or small group leadership coaching sessions to develop your leadership skills.


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