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Neuro-Linguistic Programming for Change Leaders
The Butterfly Effect

ISBN 9781138495999
Published May 9, 2018 by Routledge
188 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

We know a lot about change leadership. We understand how to design change programmes, and we know how to prescribe best practice change methods. Yet, despite all this knowledge, it is reported that up to 70% of change leadership projects fail to realize many of their objectives. The fault lines are cited as occurring at the micro level of social interaction.

What we don’t adequately explain and demonstrate within the change leadership literature is how change leaders may consciously generate in themselves and in others resourceful mindsets, emotions, attitudes, and behaviours to enable positive change leadership dynamics. Neuro-Linguistic Programming for Change Leaders: The Butterfly Effect fills this gap by connecting the practices of personal development with those of corporate change leadership.

This book has the vision of advancing NLP as a serious technology in the change leader’s tool box. The book introduces to operations managers, HR practitioners, OD specialists, and students of management new ideas and practices, which can transform their effectiveness as change leaders.

It focuses on the benefits of applied NLP to change leaders as a generative change toolkit. Secondly, the book provides a model that shows change leaders how to build a climate of psychological safety to establish rapport with stakeholders. Thirdly, the book provides a strategy for enabling broader cultural change and stakeholder engagement throughout the organization.

Table of Contents

List of Tables; List of Figures; Foreword; Introduction to the Book; Book Structure; Section 1: The Theory and Operational Context of NLP; Chapter 1: Conscious Leadership; Chapter 2: NLP as a field of Applied Sociology; Chapter 3: New Management Practices: Paradigm Change; Chapter 4: ‘The Map is Not the Territory’: Reframing change leadership; Chapter 5: It starts with Oneself: The Butterfly Effect; Chapter 6: NLP and the Law of Requisite Variety; Chapter 7: The NLP Paradigm; Section 2: Applied NLP; Chapter 8: Building the Case for Change; Chapter 9 Building Psychological Safety; Chapter 10: Un-packing the Mindset Mix; Chapter 11: Meta-programmes; Chapter 12: Framing of Experience; Chapter 13: Caretaking and Guiding; Chapter 14: A model of Rapport Building; Chapter 15: Communication Models; Chapter 16: NLP and OD: Two not-so-distant Relatives. It’s Time for Collaboration

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Dr David Potter, MBA PhD, is the founder of The Cultural Change Company, UK which specializes in enabling successful cultural change interventions to stimulate organizational innovation.


I genuinely believe that if Human Resource/Organizational Development professionals are to make a meaningful contribution to their business, it is essential that they are considered to be experts on human behaviour, and are equipped with a quiver full of ideas that could support the continued successful development of their business. In this book, David has presented a fantastic distillation of his ability to accessibly communicate his expertise in researching and disseminating novel and meticulously researched themes for the professional practitioner’s tool-kit.

Leatham Green LLM; MBA; ACEL; BA. and Founder of The Mindful HR Centre

Eye-opening, enlightening, and forward thinking. David’s book ambitiously combines the topics of change leadership and Neuro-Linguistic Programming to produce a paradigm shifting piece of work. He lucidly describes an innovative and practical approach that will help create conscious, reflective, and productive leaders. In an ever-changing world, David’s ideas and strategies will, I believe, become the essential difference that makes the difference.

Steven Burns, NLP Trainer, Director & Founder of The Scottish Centre of NLP

Neuro-Linguistic Programming for Change Leaders: The Butterfly Effect is an essential book for managers involved in leading change. David’s approach to broadening our understanding of the role of human behaviour and its dynamic relationship regards managing complex change is both practical and welcomed. In this book David provides an in-depth understanding of the ‘softer side’ of change leadership and a set of user friendly NLP tools to strengthen the skills set of the modern change leader." 

Jens Starke Product Manager and functional Chief Designer (MES) at Volkswagen AG