As one of a handful of coaches and trainers in the world certified at the level of NLP Master Practitioner and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt I have a unique set of tools to offer my clients.
Just as Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) helps you achieve more, more easily, Lean Six Sigma does the same with businesses.
In the intersection of these two fields is a powerful tool that I use to create optimum solutions for individuals and businesses.
As a senior Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, I have been enabling the transformation of business performance in some of the world’s leading corporations. During my time in New York, I worked for Thomson Reuters (the world’s leading provider of news and financial information) as a senior manager specialising in the improvement of quality of services with a group of 350 employees globally.
After a successful 12-year professional career in New York, my family and I moved to New Zealand after I took up a job with Fonterra, the world’s largest dairy exporter. There I successfully delivered business skills workshops in my role as Operational Excellence Lead Facilitator.
I feel that living and working in multiple geographies including USA, China, India, UK and New Zealand has allowed me to mature my cultural intelligence and my ability to work with a diverse range of clients.
I have a keen interest in the field of neuroscience and the on-going study of how the brain and body work together.
I’m a health food and fitness enthusiast, regularly working out and practising ‘Chi Kung’ Chinese health exercises.
I love travel and the outdoors – and I’m always up for a spot of club cricket.
These diverse interests help me to achieve balance in life and keep my work passion alive so I can give you my very best.
Nakul Riswadkar’s Qualifications…
- Bachelor of Commerce
- Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Thomson Reuters, New York
- Certified NLP Master Practitioner
- Certified Coach ICI
- Ericksonian Hypnotherapist
- Instructor, Transforming Communication Seminar
- Quantum Touch Practitioner
- Nutritional Therapist
Conversations with Nakul Riswadkar
What early influences do you think shaped you?
A big one was my Dad who was a commanding officer of a strategic naval base with over 10,000 officers and sailors. I grew up for 3 years in that environment as a commanding officer’s kid. What I learned there was about respect and discipline, and being relaxed in any kind of challenge. Because he was in all kinds of crazy situations over there, being in a strategic location.
At home it seemed like he was a normal guy and a loving father but also this very modern person. I thought of him as very intellectual and it occurred to me that he could use his mind to get things done. People would listen to him, and give him a lot of love and respect because he was also very generous. He was a combination of decency as well as progressiveness – making things happen.
Then there was my great uncle Apa Pant, an Indian Prince, Gandhian, freedom fighter and diplomat. He served as the Indian Commissioner at various African countries such as Kenya, Uganda, and as the Indian Ambassador to countries such as UK, Italy, Norway.
During the 1956 Tibetan uprising when the Dalai Lama fled to India, my uncle Apa Pant received the Dalai Lama on behalf of the Government. They became close friends, and His Holiness even created a special name for Apa’s daughter when she was born, my aunt Avalokita.
My uncle would take lots of photos of his travels and would enthral us children with incredible stories and slideshows from around the world while we ate home made ice-cream at his home in the holidays.
I grew up with these kinds of stories and watching his slides and his experience of the world. It was just mind-blowing. He was all about human progress and could talk for months about it.
He was a very loving guy but his intelligence was a little scary at times for my 10 year old brain – how can one human being be the repository of so much knowledge?
My Dad was the same. Put them together in one room and it was like “kaboom” – a mesmerising intellectual explosion.
Both these men were big influences… inspirational people, positive and optimistic.
Any lessons you learned in your earlier working life?
Some of my most important insights came from my immediate managers. There were daily challenges but they would never let me feel it was hopeless. They’d always put up options – they’d never show fear.
Sometimes I’d think “What must they be thinking?” when they’d just been shouted at by some senior guy. But they always showed me dignity, respect, and the attitude that we could get through it by thinking about what next rather than worrying about the whys and wherefores.
I got close to my managers at a work level and also at a human level and I think their influence has allowed me to have a lot of faith in people.
Have there been any significant turning points in your career?
Yes, one that leaps out was when I trained to be a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and was using it in a corporate to manage projects and people using best practice models. With my first really big project we were doing a lot of things with diagrams and systems but my biggest challenge was getting everyone on the same side of the table to agree on what we were going to do.
Often in a large team there’s one person who’s a show-stopper and has different ideas. Sometimes there are egos involved. It was my job to keep everyone talking and work it through.
Discovering NLP at that point and finding it worked brilliantly with Lean Six Sigma to facilitate collaboration was like synchronicity… such a breakthrough. Now it’s part of my unique approach to working with clients.
How did things evolve to where you are now?
I remember at one point looking back and wondering whether the path I’d taken was the right one. I was actually on a flight to New Zealand with my family at the time, and we were about to start a new phase in our lives, so my mind was pretty open. I was thinking about my 12 years in New York and how I went there wanting to make a difference in people’s lives. And how I ended up coaching and training some amazing people in some of the world’s top organisations. I’d absolutely achieved what I wanted to do – but in that moment of reflection on the plane, I knew I wanted to do more and take it further.
I realised that moving to Auckland was giving me the opportunity to be true to myself and channel that into what I did professionally. That’s when I decided to focus on helping individuals be the best they could, do the best they could, and feel the best they could.
You’re passionate about your work – why this particular work?
Because I’ve seen how transformative it is for people. When I look at how much my clients change from the first session to the last session, not only has their mindset and thinking changed but their energy has changed completely. The minute they walk into the room I feel good. I’m picking up on their energy and it’s so different from the first day they came in – possibly crying or feeling very stuck.
You don’t have to be stuck with this problem that you think is so big. Because it’s not. We can shift it in one session, we can shift it in five sessions. It’s not about the sessions – it’s the possibility that you can change. You just don’t know what to do, or how to do it. So let’s give you your best shot at life.
This is how I know how to do it… through NLP and personal development coaching. I would never say it’s the only way – people have different ways of helping. This is what I’m good at and what I know a person can make work for them.
NLP is like reprogramming the brain. Programming means that you get to run the show because things are re-programable. Neuro is the brain, linguistic is languages of the brain… what we see, hear, touch, feel, smell are the five languages of the brain. This is how we code a memory.
I’ll remember what I saw, what I heard, what I felt, what I smelt – that’s how my brain remembers it – not via English. English is just the way we communicate.
I love that there’s a wider impact to this work too. When a person overcomes their issues and gets better results in life it’s so valuable because we’re all linked together one way or another.
There could be any number of degrees of separation between the person I’m working with but that person has a sphere of influence. Maybe mine is here and theirs is there but take it up a few levels and it’s the same energy, it’s the same community.
What things can you can talk about all day long?
I can talk about changing all day long. I can talk about what blocks people from changing all day long.
I can talk about the interconnectedness of the mind and the body and the physical world and the non-physical world. I can talk about the planet and the holistic view of what I see happening and not happening… where I see progress and no progress.
I can talk about the adaptation of technology to human progress, and I can talk about cricket… a lot!