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Chris Nichols and Gameshift

Energetic and curious - Chris sees the world in interesting ways and opens other peoples’ eyes to see it differently too.  He is always listening and learning, looking for new connections that might lead to new ways of solving problems, new ways of creating something great.

Chris is a coach who is fearless in feedback and dares to tell you things you need to hear.  But at the same time you will learn with lots of art and lots of humour - expect poetry and films, art work and stories - and expect to laugh at the absurdity of how things are.

Chris has been at the heart of Whitehall, working in Parliament and closely with Ministers.  He knows how government works.  His career has also taken in New York investment banking and years of experience with business plans and strategy, M&A and strategic innovation.

Over 20 years as a boardroom facilitator and coach - qualified in psychology and groups - he has, with his team at Gameshift, created a pioneering way of large group strategy engagement, a participative way to include whole teams and even whole organisations in strategic exploring, insight and creativity.  It is this he brings alongside Lacerta in our strategic partnership.

Academically rigorous and totally practical and unpretentious - Chris teaches on many Masters degree programmes - MBAs, MScs in Sustainability, holistic science, design, future of economics and MSc in horticulture.

Chris has an unshakable belief in people … in the power and potential of people to develop themselves and to change their world for the better.  He believes that better leadership, in better organisations, will lead to solutions and ways of working that lead to a better world.

He’s got an armful of degrees and diplomas - including an MBA (distinction) in strategy and finance and an MSc in Organisational Change and Consulting.

He’s a qualified coach (graduated from the Ashridge Executive Coaching accreditation process) and is qualified by the British Psychological Society to conduct psychological assessment and feedback.

He has trained in many forms of individual and group psychotherapy and personal development, including mindfulness.

He’s written dozens of articles and book chapters and makes his work freely available for all to share.

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GameShift helps "shift the game" of individuals, teams and organisations. They are an FT ranked leading management consultancy, working across the full range of strategic and leadership development challenges with clients.  They are long-time collaborators with Lacerta Consulting.

Based in the UK.