2018 Leadership Summit — Alicante Spain

Alicante, Spain
January 12, 13, 14 2018
From: L. Michael Hall
Design and Intention (written July 2015)
  • The plan is to call top NLP Leaders together for a 3-day Colloquium wherein we get acquainted, associate with one another, and have the kind of critical and difficult conversations that we need to have
  • Leaders: The “leaders” include anyone who is operationally leading people in the field of NLP— Trainers, writers, researchers, editors, sponsors, etc.  anyone who has or is influencing people to care about and operate in the field of NLP.
  • Assumption: Our working assumption about this is— Like it or not, we are the leaders.  The challenge is: how are we doing?  Are we the leaders we need to be?  Are we developing (grooming) leaders for the next generation?  Are we leading the field in a way that will make people proud?
  • Leadership: As a field without formal leadership but hundreds if not thousands of operational and functional leaders— the time has come for us to do some critical thinking about where we are and where we want to go.  Attempts have been made to do this in the past, the 1997 Leadership Conference, the 2000 Millennial Project – both sponsored by Robert Dilts.
  • Associating: As a field we have lots of Associations and small communities.  They are either National Associations or built around a single person or a model, but we do not have a sense of a worldwide community.  The Leadership Summit is not seeking to create a super-association, but something much more simple— to simply associate with one another.  The design is to reduce the separations, the suspicion of each other, the bad-mouthing of those we disagree with and create a more respectful and cooperative international presence.
The History of the NLP Leadership Summit
It began with the idea during the NLP Conferences from 2008 to 2011.  Frank Pucelik and myself announced the First Summit in 2012.  Crown House Publications backed what we were aiming to do by providing the room at the conference venue for us to meet.  It began with 34 NLP Leaders, we repeated that in 2013 and 2014.  2013 we brainstormed for 5 hours on our definition of NLP, vision, values, identity and created the website.  This proved that we could actually function as a group!
 In 2013 I proposed the Colloquium for 2016 and so we set out to create that.  The first work group we put together was the membership work group comprised of myself, Bob Janes, and Heidi Heron
The Colloquium of 2016

Assumptions: The thinking behind the following design is this: We are all leaders and we are already, de facto, co-leading the field of NLP.  So rather than put any one or a group of persons front and center as “the leaders” — we will conduct the Event from the perspective of shared leadership.

Proposal: We will have 2 Facilitators at the front of the room when we gather in the larger, plenary session.  These facilitators will not be presenters.  Their job will be to elicit the agenda and thinking of the group, to facilitate those making reports from the sub-groups, and facilitate the larger group coming to conclusions and/or making decision.
We will self-organize into sub-groups of 5 to 10 persons repeatedly.  These will be organized around the questions that we have proposed to guide the Colloquium (see schedule below).
Critical Conversations: If in the Conversations in the sub-groups, we have two or more positions arising on an issue, then we will self-organize into sub-groups to represent each position to rally the best argument for a given position.  Each sub-group will select 1 presenter from their group and one Questioner.  Then in the plenary group, the positions will be presented for 10 minutes with 20 minutes for the group Questioner to inquire about the other positions.  The purpose of this — to really listen and seek to understand the thinking and reasoning of each other regarding critical issues.  We may, or may not, come to a group mind about an issue.  But we have begun understanding each other.
∙ Sub-groups:  We will form sub-groups of 5 to 10 person.  Each group will select a Facilitator, a Scribe, a Monitor, and a Reporter.  The Reporter will be the person to report back to the large group and we will ask that person to be clear, succinct, and to the point.  Sometimes the will stay in his or her group with the Flip chart that the group created to explain it while the groups go and visit the other group’s flip chart.
The 2016 Leadership Summit Schedule
  • Day 1: AFFIRMING OUR SHARED VISION. We opened with by welcoming each and having each introduce themselves, that created the atmosphere that we wanted to create: one of associating with respect, honor, and professionalism in hope of ever-greater collaborations.  We self-organized into sub-groups, each time in new groups which enabled all to get acquainted. The sub-groups met for 90 minutes around a Critical Question and then report back to the plenary group.
    The questions of Day 1:
    • What do we agree upon?  In terms of vision, values, and identity.
    • What do we want in terms of credibility, research, standards, and reputation (branding)?
    • What are we willing to do?
  • Day 2: THE PROBLEMS THAT INTERFERE.  We have some significant problems as a field and it is only realistic and professional to talk about them.  The first purpose was not to solve them, but to understand each other.
    The questions of Day 2:
    • What is in the way which is blocking an d interfering with achieving our vision?’
    • What can we do about these interferences?  What are we already doing?  Waht else needs to be done?
    Day 3: FORWARD TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE.  We ended on a high by focusing on how we have come to understand ourselves and each other better, and by creating some action plan for moving forward.
    Questions of Day 3:
    • What can we learn from each other?  There is a lot of wisdom and experience in this place, what can we learn from each other?  How can we do that?
    • What will we do?  What ongoing work groups will we establish?   Menu List:
    ∙ Membership of NLP Leadership summit work group
    ∙ Research/ academic work group, Widepedia work group
    ∙ Website work group: to host information about world-wide events and activities in the field of NLP.
Results: Joe Cheal and others proposed that those who wish to write what they experienced and he would put them into a book.  He did.
 “Powered by NLP” (2016)
Proposed new questions for the 2018 Colloquium.
  •  A colloquium:  colloquium (klkwm) n. pl. colloquiums or colloquia (-kw-)
    1. An informal meeting for the exchange of views.
    2. An academic seminar on a broad field of study, usually led by a different lecturer at each meeting.
    [Latin, conversation, from colloqu ,to talk together : com-, com- + loqu, to speak.]
 As “an informal meeting for the exchange of views,” our aim will be to come together and use various group self-management processes and practices— Open Space, Appreciative Inquiry, small groups of people to work on specific subjects and sharing results on dozens of flip charts, then sharing the “leadership” as members from the groups return to the larger group to present their conversation and entertain questions.
The following is what has been suggested and what we (Michael Hall and Heidi Heron) have put together:
1) What are our future visions for NLP?
2) What are our future visions for the NLP Leadership Summit?
    Defining Ourselves
3) What is NLP?  (Continuing the work already begun by Jaap Hollander.)
4) What do we recommend for standards of NLP Training for Prac. and Master Prac.?
5) How can we gather and use “best practices” among us for training NLP?
    Building Credibility
6) How do we build credibility for NLP via research?
7) Building credibility for NLP via training standards?
8) How do we build credibility for NLP via Media group dealing with NLP’s reputation and branding?
    Ourselves: The NLP Leadership Summit
9) What do we set as the standards for membership for the NLP L.S. (Leadership Summit)?
10) What do we set as recommended standards for NLP Associations?
11) Given our values (already established), what is our code of ethics?
12) If we see the NLP L.S. to become a reference in the field of NLP, what can we do to facilitate that development in the coming years?