Geoff NicholsKansas City, USA
“Have you noticed your handwriting improving every day?”
Geoff Nichols often asks this of his workshop groups so they can consider how they can more effectively develop their professional skills to a higher level. The point is: improving skills does not happen if the same old behaviors are repeated each day with no real purpose to improve.
There is a saying in professional training circles – Training is a process – not an event. Whether one is trying to become a better listener, problem solver or piano player, the process is the same. Purposeful practice of the key behaviors that compose a particular skill set is required.
In his training and coaching practice, Geoff helps learners identify key skills and behaviors and shows them how to focus on practicing them in daily work situations. Focus is critical because no one can improve in all areas at once. Like building a strong building, it’s done one brick at a time with constructive feedback along the way. This results in stronger workplace skills which help clients be more effective in their jobs and help their employers compete more effectively in the world.
With a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Safety Engineering and decades of managing people and processes, Geoff has a wide and deep background to draw from in helping his training and coaching clients. In his approach to management, training and coaching, he emphasizes the need to use situational leadership and the ability to flex to work colleagues’ and team members’ communication needs in order to be more successful in any job.
Business training has been Geoff’s passion for nearly all of his career. After 20 years of executive experience in Human Resources, training and operations management, he founded his own training and consulting business and has conducted over 1,200 public and private workshops. He has trained more than 30,000 people in a wide range of management and leadership topics. And he has written over 600 customized training programs for hundreds of clients – from large and small businesses to federal and state government agencies to healthcare and non-profit organizations. As a senior consultant for Business Performance Group, Geoff manages the Consulting Partner Network (CPN), and delivers key note addresses.
Geoff has also written a book titled, “Taking the Step Up to Supervision” and numerous articles in national publications on supervision and management. He has trained throughout the U.S. and in Canada, Puerto Rico, the U.K. and Mainland China.
He is married and lives in the Kansas City area and has one adult son. He enjoys flying small airplanes and reading everything from business to history, mysteries and science fiction.