Introduction

As a change leader, I adopt a social construction perspective. This means that I understand that both the social and the empirical world are not accessible to me in a real and concrete sense. In NLP circles, we all implicitly adhere to this philosophy which is imbedded in one of our more famous presuppositions; ‘the map is not the territory’ (Bandler & Grinder, 1975). We build interpretive maps of reality using symbols and their interrelated meanings to construct our maps. Our maps are also products of a filtering process. This filtering process involves us deleting, distorting, and generalizing our experience through our beliefs, values, and representational systems. Therefore, our maps are always just ...

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