The best advice comes from people who've been there.
I would advise everybody to take part in ENLP. It is the ideal week in your live to get advice on how to proceed as optimal as possible. Even years after my ENLP week I still think regularly back to that week!
The ENLP inspires my leadership style as course director and researcher in Australia. Even after 13 years the ENLP leadership tools still enable me to forecast potential opportunities and fix current challenges. ENLP is a must have for any young academic who is about to engage in a career in leading academic, industry or government teams.
ENLP is one of my best experiences in my professional career: It supported me to be more organised, motivated and sure of my abilities, and honestly I really got up in my career more easily.
Attending the ENLP seminar was the most useful experience I have made in my professional life.
The leadership and management skills I developed following ENLP Advanced, along with the valuable insights on how to influence nutrition at an international level have provided me with the skills to further develop my collaborations and funding opportunities.
One of the things I most remember from participating in the ENLP Essential Programme, was the task of my team to create a newsletter. It took our team most of the night to prepare this newsletter and the result gave me the experience that determination, collaboration and trusting others brings out the best. In the newsletter I had summarized the scientific session about antioxidants in a fun way. At breakfast, the newsletters were distributed and I was sitting next to one of the supervisors.
In the dictionary it says: “The accomplishment of an aim or purpose”. Suppose that humans want to accomplish all needs as described by Maslow: “How well am I scoring?” My immediate physical needs are taken care off: I feel safe. Even better, I feel a sense of belongingness: I am the mother of three healthy boys and together with the love of my life; we do our best to create a warm and safe environment for the family. That feels already like a success. But there is more to Maslow’s pyramid of needs: self-esteem and achieving one’s full potential.
One thing ENLP taught me is that leadership is about my own vision and dream. The ENLP network and ongoing leadership learning supported be how to turn my dream into reality: During my studies I collected anything I could find about jobs and a career as nutrition professional. My dream was a website made for nutrition students to support them with career planning and entering the job market in industry or university.
You’ll see that ‘’networking’’ is THE keyword of the ENLP. You may disagree at first (that was in my case), but later you’ll realise the immense importance of this. This is not anything new; Casimir Funk insisted on establishing a network of scientists working on essential nutrients and the network he established himself enabled the spread and wide acceptance of the term ‘’vitamine’’ in spite of significant resistance at that time.