Human Needs – High Performance Basics

10 years ago I wrote about Anthony Robbins’ six human needs. You can see, I have been involved in personal development for a long time.

Now that I more actively opened my executive and productivity coaching practise in Brighton, London and internationally, I am revisiting some of the theories to keep them fresh in my mind.

Human needs are fundamentals. Basics to achieve high performance. A base for productivity. Why?

Simple really. In my opinion the basics have to be met in order to build on it. Like the foundations of a house. If the foundations of a house are not done properly, the rest of the house will be wobbly, potentially falling over.

When working with my clients, I spend the first session or two discussing the fundamentals: What do you want to achieve? What are your goals? How do you think I can help you? How do you define success? How do you define failure? Where can we go together? Where can we end up on your journey? What would be a good outcome?

Basics. Understanding their motivation. Looking at human needs is helpful. Is the coachee motivated by security or insecurity (adventure)? Do they feel significant, connected/loved? How can we move them to a more growth and contribution state? Self Actualisation based on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Is that the desired outcome?

Coaching is all about identifying needs, and being able to direct the client, offering tools, objective views and working with the client to alter stages. Asking a lot of questions. Listening actively. I found that my NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) background helps a lot for the change work. Modelling successful behaviour and teach it. Strengths coaching for individual and teams helps to identify unrealised strengths. Building and working to realise them and move productivity and performance up a notch.

Whichever tool I use, it is about the desired outcome, starting with the basis for a high performance in the future.

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