NLP for project managers

Peter Parkes

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Reviewed by

Adam Wilson MBCS


9 out of 10

NLP for Project ManagersNLP for Project Managers starts with an easy-to-read overview. Covering key topics of culture, behaviour, competency and the soft skills needed for contemporary management. Together, these form the book’s argument that something else is needed if projects are to succeed where they failed before - neuro-linguistic programming (NLP).

The book presents a one-sided argument in favour of NLP, as validation or criticism of NLP is outside the book’s scope. The book would benefit from more references to the scientific research of NLP for further reading.

In part two, we are introduced to some of the key areas and principles of NLP; a brief history, ‘the four pillars’, presuppositions, frames, body language, effective communication (rapport), anchoring emotions, ‘meta-programmes’ and the ‘meta-model’. Each topic is clearly explained; often with clear and simple examples and exercises, to allow the reader to start to understand NLP through self-examination.

In part three, the book comes to life as the theory of parts two and one are turned into tools you can use on a daily basis. One of the tools is how to copy (model) a skill you want to do better. This involves copying (modelling) the processes from a person who can do that skill well; making the implicit explicit. Other tools include understanding and changing your perception of time (a cultural trait) and to make time and people management easier.

The appendix provides additional material and references that go beyond the introductory nature of the book, including a supporting website.

This book is successful in providing a good, clear introduction (regardless of industry), into what NLP is, set into a management / business context, without a lot of jargon.

In summary, this book is an NLP introduction that is clear in its intended outcomes. It makes the case for NLP as providing a competitive advantage in project management and demonstrating how this can be achieved.

At just under £25, this book represents value for money. Either the reader will decide that they don’t agree with the presuppositions of NLP or they do - and can try out some of the techniques, without the risk of attending an expensive NLP course.

Further Information: BCS

June 2011