8 Quotes A Week

Eden Phillpotts, 1862-1960, Novelist

We always think every other man's job is easier than our own. The better he does it, the easier it looks.

Michael Jordan , Basketball Star

I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot......and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

Hermann Hesse, 1877-1962, Novelist and Poet

I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.

William Wordsworth, 1770-1850, Poet

The little unremembered acts of kindness and love are the best parts of a person's life.

Pat Riley, Professional Basketball Coach

If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.

Frank Sinatra

The best revenge is massive success.

Julia Phillips

Her life was like running on a treadmill or riding on a stationary bike; it was aerobic, it was healthy, but she wasn't going anywhere.


Mingle a little folly with your wisdom; a little nonsense now and then is pleasant.

Microphone” by drestwn is licensed under CC BY 2.0


Nigel was a fantastic coach and facilitator. So subtle, patient, and effective.

Rhys Evans, Management Consultant

Thanks a lot for your time and efforts – and even more for the knowledge you shared with us. It was the best training I’ve ever participated in.

Aleksandr Lavrentjev, Business Development Manager, AS-4Finance

Nigel’s facilitation and training style is hugely interactive. His down-to-earth, fun and informative approach helps build openness and trust in a group dynamic – building connection step by step. He will most likely encourage you to think a little differently – to take a fresh perspective so don’t get yourself too comfortable! 🙂

Janice Keyes, Mind Over Matter Coaching Ltd.

One of the reasons Nigel is such an excellent speaker, trainer and coach is that he embodies and models the approaches he puts forward to clients.  He truly is the change he wants to see in the world.

Simon Lawrence, Managing Director, Transform Consultants Ltd.

Instructive, energising and always entertaining, I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Nigel as a skilled and professional coach for teams and individuals alike.

Jonathan Miller, Operations Director, Tornado Wire Ltd

I would just love to have just a small piece of his ability to provide profound, inspirational and timely perspectives of improving the world of being human. He is able to provide an appropriate balance between seriousness and a lightness of touch that encourages me to really listen to what he is saying.

Bernard J Thorpe, Industry Leader, Magistrate (retd)

Nigel has been engaged by Romec on a number of occasions for 1:1 mentoring, motivational speaking at our National Management Roadshows and as a facilitator at Team Building events. The results and outputs are always excellent and the feedback from senior and front line managers is impressive.

John Vince, Director – Soft Services, Romec Ltd

Nigel’s set of abilities, and all the associated skills, techniques (and possibly wizardry!) behind them make for a truly fascinating, effective facilitator in any situation. He makes a positive difference, and you are greedy if you ask for more than that.

Andy Wood, Senior L&D Manager, LF Europe Ltd

Nigel’s work helped us to break down resistance to change and build adaptable and resilient employees.  His programmes have the ability to both motivate and inspire. This enables a faster pace of change which is why we continue to use Nigel’s services again and again.

Ruth Gawthorpe, MIoD, Owner “The Change Directors”

I’ve known and worked with Nigel for many years and have always found him to be knowledgeable, dedicated and very professional.

Chris Holmes, True Colours Ltd

Nigel’s leadership development work and follow-up coaching have helped many teams unlock unhelpful mental models that serve to impede our progress, freeing us up to see the possibilities to do even more.

Duke Maines, Principal Consultant, McKinney Rogers, USA

‘Top bloke’ + ‘amazing depth & breadth of knowledge’ + ‘awesome trainer’ = Sir Nigel

Andy Cope, Director/Owner, “The Art of Brilliance”

Even though I think I have a good understanding in leadership & followership, Nigel handled the topic with wit in a fresh and new angle and I had great new insights. I believe all leaders, no matter how experienced they are, can learn something from Nigel.

Ylva Ahlander, COO, 4Finance AB, Sweden

Nigel is one of the best coaches I have the pleasure to know. His authenticity, hardworking attitude and coaching skill set make him a perfect choice for any individual or team wishing to develop and grow.

Edward McFarlane, Partner, Votive Leadership LLP

Nigel breathed new life into our annual managers’ roadshows and has helped instil new levels of self belief and confidence across the company.

Peter Walls, HR Director, Romec Ltd.

I asked Nigel to fly to Madrid and provide a Leadership training to the Senior team in my company. They all enjoyed the course and Nigel’s approach. Since then, I have seen them more motivated around leadership, coaching and managing people in general. They are aware on how they impact their teams and take more responsibility on how they influence their people.

Beatriz Arderius, HR Manager, Vivus Finance Spain

Nigel helped me to gain insight in my strengths, weaknesses and motivation in life. He gave me tools and techniques that I use regularly to reflect on my progression. He truly inspired me to be the best I can be.

Remi Verhoeven, IT Analyst, Accenture, NL

If you are looking for some innovation in your training, you won’t be disappointed with Nigel’s approach.  The combination of a truly engaging delivery style and ability to see things from a new perspective, backed up with many years of practical on the job experience is a real winner.

Paul Lloyd, Director, True Colours Ltd

Nigel has that rare ability of being able to deliver quality learning experiences to delegates of all ages and experience and is equally at home working on the shop floor or the Boardroom. He is an outstanding presenter, a dynamic coach and a wonderful writer using his sharp wit and humour to powerful effect.

Keith Stanton, Managing Partner, Votive LLP

Nigel is extremely enthusiastic about his work which is infectious. I certainly would recommend him for any coaching or training.

Denis Kerrigan, Corporate Trainer, North American Breweries.

Coming Attractions

Model Directory
Sir Nigel Thrivall and his SAKOL
Where’s Nally?
Model Directory

Model Directory

Not what you thought?
The Model Directory will feature a regularly updated gallery of useful (and not so useful) Leadership, Management and Personal Development Models. I will outline the model for you, give you my view on how to use it and its applicability and direct you to where you might find out more. Send in your favourites too; the catwalk’s big and wide…

Sir Nigel Thrivall and his SAKOL

Sir Nigel Thrivall and his SAKOL

Sir Thrivall; one of the knights of the Round Table. He thrived on all things in life – his visor was always half-open, not half closed. In my book, Sir Nigel Thrivall (who is the great, great etc descendant of the original) tells his ancestor’s story and how his approach has evolved into modern times. NB His SAKOL is Nigel’s only contemporary weapon – the Swiss Army Knife Of Life.

Where’s Nally?

Where’s Nally?

The aim of “Where’s Nally?” is to show you the locations in the world where Nigel has worked. Why? Because we all love flags…




A selection of organisations with whom I have worked in the last 5 years

About Nigel Percy Ltd

Nigel Percy Ltd is a Company founded in 2004, primarily to provide Learning and Development interventions to Organisations in the UK and Northern Europe. Since then, simply by word or mouth and personal recommendation, Nigel has provided Training, Coaching and Development Consultancy in 29 Countries around the globe.

If you book Nigel Percy Ltd for an event, the good news is that you will get Nigel Percy. There is nobody else involved in the service delivery. The even better news is that if you need more people (say for a larger rollout or a vary large group – say 30+) then Nigel can contact and pull in some of the best trainers and speakers in the world. NB This is not a joke. Nigel has been fortunate to have worked with, and sometimes for, some of the top 10% on the planet in terms of their quality and expertise in Speaking and Training.

Nigel has a very broad range of experience, having worked for the number one Brewery in the World for over 25 years as a manager and a leader. He held a number of roles such as, Distribution, IT, Audit, Finance and HR; finishing his corporate experience as Training and Development manager for the total Supply Chain for the Company, thus having access to experience of people on the Shop Floor right up to C-Suite Executives. It was here that he also formed his interest in myriad forms of Learning and Development, being at the leading edge of pioneering new areas (at the time) such as NLP, Appreciative Inquiry, Jungian Psychology, Self-Managed Teams, Lean Manufacturing, Memory Skills and Accelerated Learning. His thirst for knowledge and applicability led to Nigel achieving a Masters Degree (MSC) in Training, Development and Performance Management from Leicester University (UK) in 2004.

Nigel works as a freelance Consultant both with his own clients and as an Associate Trainer for various Companies across the world. He has worked in numerous Countries, in various Cultures and at all levels for both private and public Organisations as well as with Schools and Universities.

Nigel lives in Nottingham, England with his partner, Ann and family. He supports Sheffield Wednesday.


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