I’m busy at the moment studying in my spare time on a Masters programme. One area is about selection and recruitment, which really is a fascinating area – it’s amazing to see the various strategies organisations use in hiring people, and how they are open to so many different types of error.
In fact it seems as though nobody really knows the best way to find the right person who will be the best at the job!
There are all sorts of methods – different types of psychometric tests, ability assessment, cognitive assessment, personality tests, interviews, references, cvs and lots of other things.
And research shows really mixed results as to what really works best to find a good long term employee for an organisation.
On NLP trainings it is called metaprogrammes – unconscious filters to our perception. There are other labels to them also that some people learn, such as People Patterns or LAB profile.
The premise behind metaprogrammes is that we are all unique combinations of lots of these ‘tendencies’ which can be elicited through observing and listening to the other person.
What makes metaprogrammes different from many other personality profiling systems is that there is not pen and paper test used as a medium for delivering the questions.
Instead we do it mainly verbally, as well as observing the other person’s behaviour.
The advantage with this is that in pen and paper tests there is a risk that the other person will try to tailor their responses according to what they think the other person is looking for.
But if we are doing it verbally, this is much trickier to do.
Metaprogrammes (which we teach on our NLP Master Practitioner training) are also a major way of understanding motivation.
For example, one metaprogramme is ‘towards or away from’ which is all about the fact that in life our behaviours are motivated by moving towards the things we want in life, or away from the things we don’t want. Basically it’s about the carrot and the stick!
And you cannot motivate someone unless you know the other person’s unique motivation metaprogrammes.
That’s why trying to apply a universal system of rewards or punishments doesn’t work for everyone – because we all get motivated differently.
I’ll go into this a little bit more in a later blog – in fact I’m going to be releasing an audio programme of our unique metaprogramme training shortly where we cover all of this in HUGE depth – in fact it is really a pretty unique programme you won’t learn anywhere else.