4th National Level Conference

One of the Mission of the Indian Board of Hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (IBHNLP) is to initiate Scientific Research in the Field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and help NLP to gain a well-deserved place in ‘Psychology Domain’. As a part of this mission, IBHNLP regularly presents its research papers in various National Level Conferences. Taking that mission forward, IBHNLP represented NLP Community in the 4th National Level Conference organised by Pune University. Following are the highlights of the research paper delivered by Sandip Shirsat (The Founder & the CEO of IBHNLP).

The theme of this conference was ‘Business Management, Information Technology & Innovation’ & the topic of a research paper presented was ‘The Innovator’s Mindset – How NLP can help you to transform yourself & your organization?’ Conference co-ordinator was Prof. Dr G.M. Ahire.

The Session began with a business survey published in Bloomberg News that says ‘8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 18 months. Therefore, innovator's mindset and ‘think differently’ attitude is needed for any business start-up.

Further, with the story of LEGO, business innovation and ‘think differently’ attitude was explained. The story goes like this: LEGO, the Danish toymaker that is often called as the most trusted company in the world in the field of toy-making. How would you react if customers secretly began hacking into your company’s computers? Call the police, right? But LEGO think tank asked itself, “why would customers do this?” When they talked to the hackers, they found that they were the LEGO fans who wanted to build their own creation. So LEGO developed software that would allow the fans to create new LEGO designs and encouraged them to share their toy designs with other customers. This is how LEGO converted ‘hackers’ into ‘design team’ and company profit and publicity skyrocketed within six months. This happened because LEGO thought differently.

Now the question is: ‘people those who innovate and think differently…

What do they exactly do differently?

What does it mean by thinking?

How does innovator’s brain function?

What exactly happens when these geniuses are in the state of ‘innovation’?

What do they experience inside their brain and body, when they ‘think differently’?

NLP answers these questions. NLP studies the structure of subjective experiences. Subjective experiences include what we usually call thought, mind or intelligence. In short, this refers to the totality of the activities happening in our nervous system. In simple language, NLP studies mental programming of the individual. It also means that if someone is innovative or is thinking differently then, with the help of NLP, we can understand how he/she is creating an innovative mindset in his/her brain. Now NLP assists us to know the mental programming of the person who is thinking differently. (Then some live experiments were conducted, which helped participants to understand the concepts.)

The Definition of NLP in relation to ‘innovation’:

N – How do innovators use their brain (VAK - Physiology)?

L – How do these geniuses use their language?

P – How do they create programmes that help them to invent?

Then the Most important NLP tool to model ‘innovative geniuses’ was discussed. Robert Dilts has developed a model ‘Neurological Levels’ from the work of Gregory Bateson. It is also useful for modelling ‘innovative geniuses’. This model was explained step by step. It has been widely adopted in NLP thinking. With this model, we can understand how geniuses who think differently are different from the rest of the crowd on the following levels:

  • Spiritual - Vision & Purpose
  • Identity - Mission
  • Beliefs - Values, Meta Programme
  • Capabilities - Skills, Talents, Strategies
  • Behaviour - Actions, Specific behaviour
  • Environment - Reactions, External Context

Finally, the NLP tools and techniques were combined with Bloom’s Taxonomy. Benjamin Bloom in1950s developed Bloom’s Taxonomy. This model helped students to express the qualitative difference among thinking patterns. Bloom’s Taxonomy provides a way to organise thinking skills into six levels, from the most basic to the most complex levels of thinking.

By combining NLP modelling tools with Bloom’s Taxonomy, we helped students to adopt innovator’s mindset and tried to explain to them how to think differently at a very early age. Conference ended in an overwhelming response from dignitaries, top management faculties from university, judges as well as management students.

(If you are a research-minded person, innovative and want to contribute in the field of NLP, IBHNLP can help you to put forward your ‘New Thinking’ about NLP and assist you to present your research papers in various universities. Click here to read our guidelines for submitting a research article.)

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