“Being able to learn faster than your competitors is the only sustainable competitive advantage.” – Arie de Geus
The world of careers has changed completely. The idea of a job for life or even a career for life ended a long time ago, but right now even bigger changes are taking place. In this post ‘economic crisis’ world of fast evolving technology you need much more than the normal skill set to survive and develop in business. You need the skills and strategies that give you the edge over your competitors.
You need a career survival toolkit!
What Is NLP and How Can It Help You?
NLP is so often sold as either some wishy washy self help “think good thoughts!’ type training or as an alternative therapy. In actual fact it is so much more than that, with its roots in cybernetics, systems thinking and cognitive psychology, it offers some of the most pragmatic skills and strategies available to improve your thinking.
It gives you the essential toolkit you need to survive in the modern business world.
Increase Productivity, Focus and Flow
The management consultancy firm McKinsey found that executives in “flow state” – often called the “Zone”, where you have increased awareness, focus and speed of thinking – are five times more effective than their peers. NLP looks at your mental state and teaches you to control and change you state at will.
Vastly improve Your Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills
Thinking, in particularly critical thinking, could be simply described as a process of asking yourself and answering questions. To get a better answer, you need a better question. NLP gives you better questions.
Speed Up and Improve Decisions Making
“Intuition is recognition” – NN Taleb
By clarifying purpose and helping you understand what drives your decision making, including your cognitive biases, NLP can help you develop your intuition. This means you will making faster, more accurate decisions that will lead the greater success.
Accelerate Your Learning and Skills Acquisition
NLP was never a therapy, it was a teaching tool. It looked at ways to help people learn better behaviours and thought processes. These ideas have been applied directly to education and developed such things as the “NLP Spelling Strategy” and can be used to help you accelerate your learning ability.
It allows you to “model” people who have excellent skills and abilities and learn those skills yourself.
This is the closest you will get “uploading” skills, like in the Matrix.
Improve Your Creativity and Lateral Thinking
NLP has modelled such geniuses as Walt Disney, Nikola Tesla and Mozart, and uncovered the structure of creativity. By applying these strategies you can think of new solutions and create brand new, better ways of doing things. It will also, if you so wish, improve such creative skills as painting, musicianship, etc.
Make You a Much Better Communicator, Compelling Speaker, Persuader and Negotiator
Two of the most powerful models in NLP are communication models. They will help you ask better questions, create more compelling persuasive arguments and help you gain rapport quickly and with more people.
It is not surprising then that a recent survey suggested that up to 75% of Bluechip companies are looking for NLP as core competency in their staff.
NLP training has been carried out by Barclays Bank, British Gas, nPower, Jaguar Land Rover, Johnson Controls, House of Frazer, John Lewis, Severn Trent Water, Natural England and the NHS to name just a few.
How Do I Get This Toolkit?
The best way to learn NLP is by attending an NLP Practitioner training course. To see my upcoming dates, click here.