About Nick

Nick is a consultant, author, speaker, and researcher on corporate learning and leadership development. Keenly interested in how individuals learn and develop within organizations, his areas of expertise include setting organizational learning strategy, designing corporate academies, fostering leadership development, pursuing digital learning opportunities, managing learning and talent systems, inspiring social learning, improving performance management, driving change management, and boosting learning innovation.

In his work at McKinsey, he is responsible for leading learning and leadership development for the firm globally. In this role he provides thought leadership and operational oversight to drive the firm’s broad-based learning agenda for continued innovation and impact. His primary areas of responsibility include shaping a learning agenda that is integrated with the firm’s strategic priorities; delivering world-class learning curricula for pivotal roles; and ensuring the application of leading-edge learning approaches, including digital learning, operating a world-class learning organization, and extending the firm’s external reach and relevance and client impact.

Before joining McKinsey in 2013, Nick was a senior executive at Deloitte. In his 19 years there, he conducted research and was an advisor to more than 100 clients globally. As global chief learning officer, he shaped the learning and leadership development strategy and led a learning transformation.

Nick has authored and coauthored more than 15 books and numerous articles on change and organizational learning. He has been quoted by the Financial Times, Fortune, Business Week, India Times, Information Week, Management Consulting, Chief Learning Officer, and T+D.

A visiting lecturer and advisory board member at the University of Pennsylvania, he works with candidates in the executive doctoral program for future chief learning officers. He is also a board member of ICEDR, an international consortium that promotes research and dialogue on global talent management, leadership development, and strategic change.

Nick is the founder and chairman of e-Learning for Kids, a global non-profit foundation that offers digital lessons for underprivileged elementary school-age children. Since 2005, more than 15 million children have benefitted from this free service.

In 2012, Nick received a Lifetime Learning Leadership Award from the MASIE Center, a think tank focused on workforce education and performance. The European Parliament Federal Ministry of Education and Research also granted him the Leonardo European Corporate Learning Award in 2013, in recognition of his efforts to direct the future of organizational learning and leadership development.

He is a full professor of Corporate Learning & Development at Nyenrode Business Universiteit and visiting professor and advisory board member at the University of Pennsylvania, he works with candidates in the executive doctoral program for future chief learning officers. He is also a board member of ICEDR, an international consortium that promotes research and dialogue on global talent management, leadership development, and strategic change.

Published work

Learning at the speed of business,” McKinsey Quarterly, May 2016

The organizational cost of insufficient sleep,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2016

There’s a proven link between effective leadership and getting enough sleep,” Harvard Business Review, February 2016

Experiential learning: What’s missing in most change programs,” McKinsey & Company, August 2015

You! The Positive Force in Change: Leveraging Insights from Neuroscience and Positive Psychology, Lulu Publishing Services, December 2014

The 21st century learning organization,” Dialogue Magazine, September 2013

Turn education into a lifelong experience (MOOCs),” CLO Magazine, August 2013

Felt and behavioral engagement in workgroups of professionals,” Journal of Vocational Behavior, May 2013

Inside the learning brain: Cognitive neuroscience will shape the future of corporate learning practices,” T+D Magazine, April 2013

Designing learning for a 21st century workforce,” T+D Magazine, April 2012

Organisation & Management: An International Approach, Noordhoff Publishers, August 2012

Next Learning, Unwrapped, Lulu.com, 2011

25 Best Practices in Learning & Talent Development, Lulu.com, 2008

The e-Learning Fieldbook, McGraw Hill, 2003

Past experience

Deloitte
Global Chief Learning Officer and Director Human Capital for Deloitte Consulting

Siemens
Business United Director Training & Services, Marketer and Learning Solutions Consultant

Education

Nyenrode Business Universiteit
PhD, human capital management

Universiteit van Amsterdam
MA, organizational behavior studies

Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam
BEd, economics, business economics and education