NLP in the world - Interview Series

Goetz Mueller – Germany – NLP, a difference in Six Sigma projects.

NLP in the WorldAfter my last article I told you I had a surprise for you… At the times I wrote that first article, I run a search on the internet and….

Today it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Goetz Mueller. Goetz works from Germany and you can contact him within LinkedIN, Twitter, his web site or his blog. Meeting Goetz was simply chance… I was surfing the net to see if someone had had the same idea, linking NLP and Six Sigma, when I came across a small report on that same subject… Guess who the author was? Goetz of course… and I am delighted that he agrees today to share with us a bit more on how he sees NLP and Six Sigma being linked together…and yes, you’re right… both methodology are seeking excellence!

Talking4good (T4g): How did you come into contact with NLP?
Goetz Mueller: It was more or less by chance, when I attended in summer 2007 a 1.5 day trial course which I bought on ebay, while searching for something completely different 🙂 The next step was a 10 months NLP practitioner course which I repeated as a co-trainer to fill the gap to the master course a year later.

T4g: Which NLP association would your qualifications be accredited by?
Goetz : INLPTA (International NLP Trainer Association). Generally, I don’t think that the association is very important. The trainer himself is significantly more important. So I always recommend to “test” him/her by attending a trial course, at least an evening presentation.

T4g: Have you joined an NLP association?
Goetz : No. As long as someone doesn’t want to enter an NLP trainer career I can’t see real benefits of a membership.

T4g: What do you expect from those various NLP associations?
Goetz : Providing training and education standards, enhancing the knowledge of NLP in a broader sense. This may sound contradictory to my previous answer but as said it depends on the personal goals.

T4g: What do you like best in NLP?
Goetz : The communication part (especially the meta model), Dilt’s logical levels, meta programs, and above all the pre-suppositions and their underlying positive idea of man.

T4g: Tell us about NLP and Six Sigma?
Goetz : I had the initial idea at the beginning of my practitioner course when I attended at that time the Six Sigma Black Belt training. Almost from day one I felt the significant similarity between the two concepts, especially from an improvement perspective. Also the change part of Six Sigma projects strongly depends on the ability to meet the involved and affected people in their world. NLP knowledge can make a significant difference in achieving the project goals and making the new ways of doing things stick.

T4g: How is NLP present in your country?
Goetz : It is used by many coaches, at least the underlying concepts, although quite a few don’t state that.

T4g: What opportunity do you have to meet with other NLP practitioners?
Goetz : If there is sufficient spare time (or priority 😉 I attend a local peer group.

T4g: What about NLP and research?
Goetz : I have the impression that there is quite a strong debate whether NLP has a scientific basis or not. Some years ago I found an interesting book from a Danish author, Bent Hansen. He wrote a master thesis at the University of Kopenhagen regarding the scientific roots of NLP. Unfortunately, the master thesis is available in Danish only, with a german translation.

T4g: What would be your next step with NLP?
Goetz : Attending a NLP coach seminar.

T4g: A last comment to conclude?
Goetz : NLP is a very useful model and toolset, especially from a business perspective, when focusing on change management either within (organizational) change projects as well as in continuous improvement processes.

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