David Nicoll

Early on, I was a diplomat with the United Nations. I was UNICEF’s Assistant Area Representative in the Middle East. Then, suddenly, I was an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving an 18-month tour of duty in Vietnam. For the last three decades, I've alternately struggled with and flourished as an organizational coach and consultant, internally with Kaiser Permanente in Southern California and then externally with companies in the Automotive, Healthcare, Aerospace, Communications, and Computer Industries. Across all these years, I was fortunate to coach thousands of front line employees, supervisors, executives, and union leaders, and challenged by consulting assignments in more than three dozen corporations. In 2012, I took time off to assess and evaluate. Eventually, I recognized that I'd be happier working as a Thought Partner than I'd ever been as a coach or a consultant, and probably more effective too. 

Today, I'm a full-time TLO Thought Partner

Three decades of coaching and consulting with thousands of senior leaders, middle managers, and front-line employees has shown me two things: First, at this point in time, transformational learning is both necessary and possible for every individual and every organization; and second It's shown me that what I'm best at is being a thought partner to those who either know or are willing to consider the idea that success for both individuals and organizations begins with specific, particular individuals, and the personal and interpersonal transformations they're willing to pursue. 

To this end, I work exclusively with individuals, coaches, consultants, and senior executives, people who come to me with a sense that they need to reevaluate the ways in which they're currently seeing their lives, especially the complexity they're facing and the roles they're playing day after day. Often these individuals are facing problems they don't really know how to handle. Or they're wondering whether the problems waiting for them just over the horizon are going to be too complex for them to cope with. As their TLO Thought Partner, my job is showing them how to examine beliefs that, before now, they weren't able to discern, let alone question or change. 

Occasionally, I'm also an Organization Transformation Coach. 

When circumstances are right, I also work as an Organization Transformation Coach. In these situations, I combine my experience as an organizational change agent with my expertise in experiential and transformational learning to help my clients bracket their day-to-day responsibilities so they can learn how to puzzle their way through the complexities of a system-wide transformation.  

The kinds of Thought Partnerships that produce both personal and professional transformations are not every day occurrences. Just below, read three TLO Background Papers that provide useful answers, outline key actions, and offer relevant cost information to help you decide whether forming a TLO Thought Partnership with us is a step you're ready to consider.