There is no denying that we live in a world of constant change. Leaders within all organizations are tasked with helping their organizations deal with it. While many leaders first look outwards to see what changes are needed, the reality is that organization change starts with the leaders themselves.
Truly positive transformations within organizations cannot occur until you challenge your current core beliefs and begin to change the way you view the world. Our conditioned beliefs create our perceptions and experiences of the world. They even drive the types of questions we ask and the situations we seek. Hence, when they change, our world changes. Of course we cannot change the world, or even organizations, until we change ourselves.
Brain research has now reversed our original thinking that it was impossible to alter the brains of adults. The brain forms more than 10,000 neural pathways daily. It has the capability of forming new pathways, if we simply instruct it to do so. If we do not, the brain creates replacement pathways by replicating the old networks of what was believed to be important in the past. Unless we take conscious action to reprogram our brain from its habitual way of thinking, transformation cannot occur.
Each microtransformation you create by changing your perceptions through mental exercises creates new pathways. Information is no longer processed through your past beliefs but through your regenerated networks giving you new observations and experiences. Your brain creates new configurations daily each time you get an “aha” revelation. You are in effect rewriting parts of your brain.
Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) is one very effective way to create neural pathway changes within your brain. When we practice making repeated changes in our emotional states, we produce characteristic changes. You can perform very simple NLP exercises to reframe your experiences and thus shift your emotional states. When you practice these exercises, you create your most resourceful states and view the world with new awareness.
Until you start to think differently and view change not as something you manage, but rather something you can proactively control, your organization will be in a constant state of stress. This change must first occur with yourself and then you can help lead your organization through these transformations.
To learn more, read The Executives Guide to Transformational vs. Transactional Leadership