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ALCHEMIST
GAME DESIGNER
AGENT PROVOCATEUR

 
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ALECHEMIST

Helping individuals provoke positive change through solution-focused coaching

GAME DESIGNER

Helping individuals and teams connect deeply through playful experimentation

AGENT PROVOCATEUR

Engaging in thought-provoking conversations to spark creative thinking

 
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ABOUT ME... AND YOU

It's all about the journey.

I won't lie, it took me 25 years of random exploration - from being in IT support person to making wedding dresses, managing multi-million dollar projects to creating self-help children's books and helping teenagers to express themselves through art.


But it all came together in 2011, when I realised what the centrepiece of all this exploration was... human motivation and the role of connectedness.


 So I quit my job, did every course I could find on coaching, facilitation, change management, team development... adding numerous certifications to my dusty bachelor's degree in social science and economics to... only to realise that the most powerful skill to master was the Art of Not Knowing :-)


Yes, I realise how ironic that sounds, but  to help people connect to their true self, to others on a deeper level and to the place they really want to go, exploring the unknown with powerful questions will get you much further than a suitcase full of academic answers.

And it's a much more exciting journey all round.

 

THINGS GOING THROUGH MY MIND

 

From the minute Nicole hosted her first discovery call with us, we felt that Nicole truly understood our needs. She has a box of cheeky tricks and a wealth of experience to call upon.

Paddy Ney

If it were not for Nicole's coaching, I would not have asked the hard questions I needed to transform what was essentially a broken business model.

Sam Cook

In addition to helping groups tackle complex challenges in the workplace, Nicole brings a refreshing sense of fun and of humor to her activities, which energizes the group,
awakens imaginations and gets the conversations flowing!

Tanya Strevens

 

OTHER CLIENT REVIEWS

 
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A SPACE FOR EXPERIMENTATION

After 8 years of solitary coaching individuals and team, I connected with Nick Bell and we started dreaming of a whole new approach to self-development and online courses. Coming from two very different angles, we've created a space where we take self-development beyond the classical boundaries of coaching, mentoring or learning methods be it online or face to face.

It's hard to explain. The easiest is just to go and check it out. We love it. We hope you do too.

 

CONTACT ME

 

MORE TESTIMONIALS

“Nicole helped [our employees] discover the amazing resources

that were hidden right under their nose – resources

they need to move forward. [They] even asked for more

personalized training and coaching with her.”


“Dynamic and excellent coaching skills!”


Helene Romy

Country HR Lead, Switzerland



HP WORKSHOPS - PARTICIPANT’S COMMENTS

“Excellent content and excellent delivery.”


“We want more sessions like these.”


“I really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and the

enthusiasm of the speaker.”


"It was really interesting, [Nicole] was really good at

getting interest and participation of the group.”


“A big ‘thank you’ for organizing this for us and

choosing such an interesting speaker.”


“Workshops were pleasant and I always enjoyed stepping back and reflecting.

Nicole managed to keep it lively, which is not always easy

with a large audience.”


“Very good concept and facilitator, interesting topic.

Loved taking the time to do these workshops.

Thank you!”




“Fresh ideas, improved thinking and reasoning skills, new perspectives on old problems - these are just some of the benefits that my colleagues and I have enjoyed from the sessions we have with Nicole.


When Nicole worked with my organization, she helped us to gain insights into the challenges

we were facing and, in other scenarios, has brought a boost of creativity that has helped

colleagues perform better and connect with each other more.


In addition to helping groups tackle complex challenges in the workplace, Nicole can also bring

a refreshing sense of fun and of humor to her activities, which energizes the group,

awakens imaginations and gets the conversations flowing!


I wish we could have Nicole visit our workplace more often –

there would be huge benefits for individuals and for the organization as a whole."


Tanya Strevens

Manager at World Business Council for Sustainable Development




“Highly valuable for our organization. Provoked fast and concrete results.”


“People obtained a better sense of clarity, positivity, a good feeling of control

and increased level of confidence.”


Diego Ruiz

Global Director, Human Resources

Management & Information Systems




“Nicole sait s'adapter aux situations, mettre les personnes

à l'aise et faire des propositions sur mesure,

ce qui est un atout précieux.”


Chrissy Matthey

Directrice à Little Green House Morges


FULL QUOTE : « J'ai rencontré Nicole lors d'un coaching avec l'équipe de direction. Elle nous a fait une séance avec la méthode des Legos. J'ai trouvé cela tellement intéressant comme méthode de management qu'elle est venue le faire avec les équipes. Ce fût un grand succès et l'équipe en a gardé un très bon souvenir, même les personnes qui n'aiment pas ce genre d'exercice. Elle a également fait des interventions sur la communication et la gestion du stress. Nicole sait s'adapter aux situations, mettre les personnes à l'aise et faire des propositions sur mesure, ce qui est un atout précieux. »




“By the end I had elaborated my own personal “tool kit”

for a particular work situation – something

I am still using successfully every day!”

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Nadine McCormick

Business and biodiversity, systems change,

sustainability, facilitation, organizational learning


FULL QUOTE: “In just one session, Nicole was effectively able to walk me through a process where by the end I had elaborated my own personal "tool kit" for a particular work situation - something I am still using successfully every day!”




 “One of the most creative and resourceful thinkers that I know.”


“Skillfully steers her clients toward

finding their own solutions.”


Liz Umlas

Lecturer




“Very highly developed analytical skills.”


“Fantastic non-judgmental listener.”


”Ask[s] the key questions that are often the key to really understanding

the roadblocks to moving ahead.”



Paul Grigoriev

Programme Coordinator for Europe




Nicole’s work [… ] provided me with critical “a-ha” moments and a basket of tools to help me get “unstuck” and realize my goals.”


“Great listener, easy to connect with. Profound interest for people and how to make life simple and fun.”


 Maria Pulido - Svensson

Business Processes and Project Management




“An excellent practitioner of the solution approach.”


“Extremely effective, practical and enjoyable.”


Morgan Matthews

Director of worldwide sales and marketing

& EMEA Leader, HP Software Education


FULL QUOTE: “Nicole is an excellent practitioner of the solution approach. This is a counter intuitive approach to driving positive change, which requires practical experience and so is not so straightforward a topic to teach or learn as it requires a different mindset. I was privileged to attend a small course run by Nicole where she taught both the theory and this practical model experientially. Given she is also a professional coach her approach was extremely effective, practical and enjoyable. I would recommend Nicole for both this course and her general expertise in this field.”




“She helps structure thoughts and ideas, and identify priorities and waste,

even in the most confusing moments of life.”


Barbara Lax

Founder of Little Green House



“Nicole is a great coach and I highly recommend her to anyone needing

a little help to unblock situations or dealing with difficult decision-making.

I've come out of Nicole's coaching sessions with a clear mind and set of actions

of how to overcome my obstacles, with the added benefit

of a great sense of relief!”


Claire Warmenbol

Communications and Knowledge Coordinator




“She manages to make people see that there are ways out of problems

and around difficulties, and […] opens your eyes to different solutions.”


“Very much focused on my needs.”


“Nicole is a very good listener [and] takes the time she needs to make sure

that steps towards progress are made.”


 Maria Hasler

Programme Finance Officer




“Her invitations for reflection, positive communication, meaningful dialogues, easy going atmosphere made me unstuck so simply and easily.”


 Linda Hendriksen

Senior Administrative Specialist




“I consulted Nicole on a professional situation where I was feeling exasperatingly powerless and frustrated. As I answered Nicole’s questions, it came clear that the response I had tried to use was rather at odds with my natural personality. No wonder I had been blocked for so long! Through an amusing bee-dialogue, we then simulated alternative solutions until I found one that seemed more adequate and that has actually enabled me to open my situation to change."


C.D.




By asking the right questions, [Nicole has] managed within a few minutes to make me aware of the appropriate answers. Everything fell into place, and when I found the key which allowed me to resolve a situation which seemed complex before, everything became very clear in my mind. A big thank you for having let me discover this powerful yet simple technique! (Translated from French)


M.B.




“At a time when my to-do list was out of control, my head was a mess, focus gone, and it simply all got too much at work...I was lucky enough to have a coaching session with Nicole which put everything back into perspective. Not just that, with her help I managed to come up with the solutions myself and at the end, walked out of the session with a clear head on the next steps to take.


Feeling reinvigorated I acted upon these, and what had seemed as an insurmountable mountain before, became a manageable hill, one I crossed easily and got me back on track, focused and emotionally-balanced. Thanks again Nicole.”


C.W.