Logical Levels model

The lltool is based on the Logical Levels model developed by Robert Dilts.

Its full title is the Neuro-Logical Levels model and it helps us to understand the different levels at which we experience our world.

Robert studied at the University of California, Santa Cruz and it was whilst attending Gregory Bateson's Ecology of Mind class that the seeds for the Logical Levels model were planted.

The model refers to a hierarchy of levels of processes within an individual or group. The function in each level is to synthesise, organise and direct the interactions on the levels below it. Something on an upper level could 'radiate' downward, facilitating change on the lower levels. Something on a low-level could, but would not necessarily, affect the upper level.

The model is particularly helpful in understanding change for individuals and organisations. It provides a powerful framework for deciding at what level to work to bring about the required change. In other words, the model takes a systemic approach to change rather than a one dimensional approach.

The life of people in any system, and indeed the life of the system itself, can be described and understood on a number of different levels:

This refers to everything outside of yourself and is the state of the external context in which people are living and acting  - where and when our actions are taking place.

This relates to the specific steps taken in order to respond to the envrionment and reach a desired outcome. They involve what must be done and accomplished.

This refers to the mental maps, plans, strategies, skills and capabilities by which groups or individuals select and direct the steps they take within their environment. They direct how steps are generated, selected and monitored.

Beliefs and Values
These provide the drivers that support or inhibit particular capabilities and behaviours. They relate to why a particular path is taken and to the deeper drivers of people's actions.

These factors are a function of who a person or group perceives themselves to be. This level has to do with the unique, distinguishing characteristics that define an individual, group or organisation.

This relates to people's experience of contributing to the larger system of which they are a part. These factors involve for whom or for what a particular step or path has been taken.


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