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NICHOLA JACOB

Nichola is particularly interested in how, in today’s world we can develop more present, compassionate, collaborative and contextual leadership in our ever-changing environment. Developing robust relationships and the ability to hold the conversations that matter are, she believes, the cornerstone for this.

She is known for creating environments, which enable individuals to think both differently and creatively about the leadership choices they have. Her approach is goal oriented, with a clear focus on outputs and next steps; using the client’s real time work situations to consider choices, apply learning and practice different strategies.

Her style is characterised by a warm and relaxed manner and a collaborative, pragmatic and realistic approach. She holds a strong belief in the value of working with people’s strengths and building on these to enable individuals to work at their best; she questions assumptions around thought processes, enabling leaders to see themselves and communicate more clearly.

Favourite line from a film…
I’m half way through Margaret Wheatley’s “Who do we choose to be”. For some reason my fiction reads happen whilst on holiday.

Best day at work (so far)…
A combination of being with trusted work colleagues, people that are curious and wanting to push their boundaries, sense of humour, energy and fun…..

Who make you laugh…
My 21 year old twin boys still reduce me to tears (of laughter) with their routines.

Last journey you took…
The section of the South Coast walk between Rottingdean and Bognor Regis in January with 3 friends (we are taking 4 years to walk the whole south coast!!). It was freezing cold and very windy. We came across a small café near Worthing and I’ve never had a hot chocolate and doughnut that tasted so good!

What’s on your desk…
A collection of photos of laughing family and friends, a money pot, a selection of travel, work and fiction books still unread but there as inspiration, a pottery jug given by a good friend, a spider plant, travel receipts, and some notebooks.

How do you deal with stress…
I dig a few weeds, get fresh air, go for a run, have a chat with a mate and sometimes write a Haiku.

3 people you’d like to have dinner with (dead or alive)…
Someone with a good sense of humour, a few stories to tell involving the outside world and two feet that are ready to dance!

Favourite place…
Home! It gives me a sense of calm and peace and is lovely to “sink” into and escape from the outside world.