My name is Todd Nicholls and I am a Certified Professional Coach (CPC). Helping executives and business owners transform stress into resilience, and building additional capacity in the process, is my area of expertise.
My Development Journey. I have walked a varied and winding path in my personal and professional lives and have been greatly supported to learn and grow as a person along the way. I have had the benefit of coaching, training, mentoring and therapy to provide me the tools, awareness and determination to continue growing and developing as I move through each stage of life. Lived experience informs and infuses my coaching every day.
Early influences. I mentioned grandma on the homepage. She was an outsized influence in my life. She was confident, resilient, determined and also a kind, caring person. The way she lived her life was a powerful example of moving through adversity and coming out stronger, time and time again. In fact I can recall at least five stories where she survived a life-threatening situation.
Career. My work experience crosses industries as well as functions and roles. Summing up 30+ years of work in one sentence: I was an operations and technology professional who came to focus on and value the people aspects of business more than any other role or function I had ever performed. Hence the career pivot to coaching full-time. Check out my LinkedIn profile for more about my background.
Why work with me? I love helping people achieve what is most meaningful to them. So many people supported and guided me and now I get to pay that generosity forward with my clients. I have the training, certifications and credentials as a professional coach to complement the hands-on, real-life experience that makes me who I am as a person.
As your coach, I partner with you to help you identify what matters most, what works and what doesn't - for you. From that foundation of understanding, we begin to build. You have my support in setting specific and achievable goals, establishing plans to reach them, and creating the type of accountability you define for yourself to stay on track. Who better to bring along on your journey of professional and personal development than someone whose passion is your success?
Todd was very helpful to me as I was making a career transition. What I appreciated is he considered my personal just as much as my professional needs during our sessions and kept me true to myself as part of the process. He remained focused on those goals throughout our engagement which allowed me to keep myself on track with what I ultimately wanted to achieve. He is good at grasping issues quickly and trying to determine practical solutions.
- - Kathryn S., Senior Managing Director, Wall Street
Todd has a true gift for coaching. He provided excellent tools and asked challenging questions that helped me make a critical career decision in keeping with my goals. He is capable of deep, abstract thinking but always brought the conversation back to what was actionable and aligned with my objectives and personal values. Because of his own past experiences, he was able to quickly grasp the nuances of the executive experience and tailor his guidance accordingly. Most importantly, he has a warm, personal approach that creates the ideal environment for honest discussion and real growth.
- - Julie Howard, Innovation, Strategy and Marketing Executive
Working with Todd was great! Over the 3 months we worked together, we touched on a variety of topics from current work, career growth, and relationships of all kinds. The most valuable work we did was around my inner blocks, building my own confidence, and getting clear on my values so that I could align my life appropriately. Not only did Todd create and hold a safe space, but he also challenged me to go deeper and held me accountable. Since working with Todd, I have made huge steps in the way I view myself which has allowed me to strengthen my personal and professional relationships and take risks in a more confident and empowered way.
- - Stephanie S., Coach, Artist, Educator
Todd's adaptive approach, insightful questioning, and intuitive learning helped me work on my growth without feeling like I was being judged. He challenged me when I needed a push and provided me space when I needed to think out loud. Todd is a natural listener and instantly made me feel comfortable sharing with him.
- - Michael S., former civil servant
Todd’s insightfulness makes him a great thinking partner and sounding board to me. He consistently encourages me to consider many different perspectives when I analyze a situation and helps me feel confident that my thought process is headed in a good direction – for me.
- - R.R., Apparel Retail and Wholesale Senior Executive
I reached out to Todd… related to launching my own business. In just a few short conversations, he helped me get unstuck by asking thought provoking questions. He provided valuable, relevant, and actionable [insights]… to move my business forward. Working with Todd was incredibly valuable!
- - Lara Frankovich, Leadership and Executive Coach, Trek Advisory Group
…Todd is a natural born coach - able to listen deeply and coax the appropriate strengths from the client…
- - Anne MacDonald, Director of Organization Development
…Todd is warm, deeply insightful and brilliant… [He] has helped me see possibilities in my work that I hadn’t seen myself. His kindness and humor are the icing on the cake.
- - Amy Hall, Founder + President at Impactorum
I strongly recommend taking Todd's help to improve outcomes and increase your personal effectiveness at work… Specifically coaching helps me stay focused on my own career path that I wish to roadmap for myself. Todd's coaching style is very modern and keeping with the times and I am continuing to benefit from his coaching sessions.
- - A.M., Technology Professional, Apparel/Retail
Todd and I partnered for several years at Eileen Fisher. During that time I was able to experience his generous listening capacity, strong ability to bridge a variety of business needs with technology solutions, and skill in synthesizing, distilling and communicating complex [ideas]... Todd will be a valuable coach… to anyone smart and lucky enough to engage his services and benefit from his expertise.
- - Patty Heilman, Organizational Development Professional
Todd is that rare being—coach, consultant, leader—who weaves his emotional intelligence (of which he has in plenty) with his strategic intelligence (plenty there too!) to meet the needs of people and business goals. He’s warm, direct, and has a wicked sense of humor. As a C-suite member, I relied on Todd’s clarity and truth-telling—he unlocked perspectives and alternative solutions.
- - Candice Reffe, Coach, Strategic Advisor, Award-Winning Writer
Meticulous in his execution and steadfast in his mission, Todd embodies professional development. With every session, Todd has strategically and graciously supported me as I improve upon areas of my skillset that were lacking as an IT professional in a leadership role. We’ve tackled non-IT related principles, such as communication, modesty, self-awareness, vision, and EQ, with the goal of deepening my effectiveness as a business leader. His insightfulness and ability to process complex information into real-world examples that sharpen my mind and ease my daily effort is a unique talent. Our work together has enabled me to envision my aspirations and observe them truly materialize, both professionally and personally.
- - Joseph Vitale, Strategic IT Leader, DevOps Engineer, Solutions Architect
I am a Certified Professional Coach (CPC), a Member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and I hold an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential from the ICF.
I am certified in Hogan Assessments as well as the Energy Leadership Index assessment.
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