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 and coach than I'd ever been as a consultant and a coach, and probably more effective too. 

Today, I'm a full-time TLO Coach and 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; second It's shown me that what I'm best at is being a coach and thought partner to those individuals 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 that they're willing to pursue. 

To this end, I work with individuals. They can be private clients looking to resolve old issues or open new pathways for themselves. Or they can be coaches, consultants, or senior executives who come to me with a sense that they need to reevaluate the ways in which they're currently seeing the world, especially the complexity they're facing and the roles they seemed destined to play day after day. Often these clients 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 coach and 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. 

I'm also an Organization Transformation Coach 

When asked, 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 executive clients puzzle their way through the complexities and challenges that are the heart of a system-wide organizational transformation. Here’s a link to my Organizational Transformation Resource Center, where you will find a variety of resources that will help you better understand what organizational transformations are, what they requires from you, and what an effective organizational transformation thought partner and coach contributes.  

In Sum

Coaching partnerships that produce personal, professional, and organizational transformations are not an every day occurrence. Creating effective transformational coaching partnerships requires relevant knowledge and years of experience. Here are five OT thought papers that provide a complete description of what we here at TLO know organizational transformations require, and a useful outline of the key decisions that you need to consider when choosing a coach/thought partner for your transformational efforts. The navigation button just below offers relevant cost information to help you decide whether forming a TLO Thought Partnership with us is a step you're ready to consider.