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I am an entrepreneur
in the business of shifting paradigms
Working with others, I catalyse the transition to ways of living, working, thinking and learning which enable us and our organisations to adapt to the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous conditions of the 21st century and support a sustainable human presence on the earth. This site features some of my collaborations.
What I do
To equip people to work together in more collaborative and agile ways so we can navigate the challenges of the 21st century.
To catalyse and support shifts in organisational culture and structures so they are more able to adapt to the complex and fast changing world.
The first and currently only Certified Holacracy Coach in the UK delivering Holacracy workshops and implementations.
About how we and our organisations learn, change and evolve. With a focus specifically on supporting young people learning in education.
The highly acclaimed book ‘Reinventing Organisations‘ has sparked wide interest in self-organisation beyond hierarchy and there are many ways to do this. As a co-founder of Conscious Collaboration, I work with my partner Justine Corrie to offer a way of understanding the variety of methodologies, tools and skills to enable you to choose ones which fit your culture and organisation.
When things are volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, people and organisations need to be agile and responsive to adapt. Holacracy is one off-the shelf methodology to help achieve this. As the only UK Partner of HolacracyOne I work to evolve the Holacracy and support the development of Holacracy in the UK.
Self-Organisation Beyond Hierarchy Animations
I co-created this series of short films with the Transition Network and Justine Corrie, which compares hierarchy with two other ways of running organisations- more collaborative, flat structures and more dynamic and agile ways. It describes how 6 areas of organisational life look different with each of these 3 ways of running and structuring organisations.
“If we are to change the ways we live, then we must also change the ways we learn.”
As a co-founder of Learning Edge I deliver dynamic, fun and motivational workshops which equip students to be resourceful, independent, life-long learners and which support their well-being. Workshops are supported by quality resources and use a range of engagement techniques to meet a diversity of learning needs. Our workshops include Study Smarter, Exam Toolkit, Goal Setting and .b Mindfulness for Teens.
With a wide range of experience over 30 years: in private, public and non-profit sectors; employed, freelance, entrepreneur, volunteer; with organisations including Shell, Learning and Skills Improvement Service and the Princes Trust; in the UK, Europe, North and South America. This experience combined with his fascination for and study of how people learn and work together provides Nick with an unusually wide and deep perspective on organisations, management and leadership.
A self-acknowledged control-freak, Nick appreciates how disruptive this can be in working with others. Recognising how the desire for control also limits hierarchies in our complex and rapidly changing world led him to seek alternatives to hierarchy. Nick has integrated his learning about more collaborative, agile and evolutionary approaches to create the entertaining Self-Organisation Beyond Hierarchy series of short animated films.
This journey led Nick in 2012 to Holacracy ; the revolutionary management system that abolishes hierarchy, and to his completion of all available training. He was the first Certified Holacracy Coach delivering public Holacracy Workshops and implementations in organisations in the UK and now delivers his Holacracy work through HolacracyOne.
Nick’s journey pushing the boundaries of management began when a summary of his Management MSc thesis ‘An Inquiry into Corporate Social Responsibility and New Paradigm Thinking’ was published in the book Management Models for Corporate Social Responsibility. He also created the successful Learning Edge workshops, co-created the Conscious Collaboration workshops, and was in the first wave of Transition Trainers.
Nick seeks to catalyse the transition to a way of thinking and living which addresses, rather than contributes to, today’s challenges. His work upgrades the way we learn, collaborate and run our organisations to enable better fit for the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous conditions of the 21st century. He sees this as essential for a sustainable human presence on Earth and for evolving templates for healthy human cultures in outer space. He lives in Somerset with his son and loves meditating reading and surfing waves in the ocean as well as those of social innovation.