Rick Thomas

Rick is a leadership explorer, ICF Certified coach, consultant and author. As principal and “chief inspiration officer” of ambient consulting, inc., Rick’s work is to assist leaders achieve greatness through self-exploration, collaborative dialogue and adaptive action.

For several years, Rick has had the opportunity to engage and work with inter-disciplinary leaders in a variety of contexts, most recently in the BC health care environment using the LEADS Capability Framework. Rick has experienced first-hand the benefits of the synergy that is created when the rich diversity and multicultural gifts of people - their talents, skills and experience - are allowed to flourish.

Rick has over 18 years of experience as a human resources development and learning strategist, facilitator, executive coach and organization development consultant gained through multiple contexts facilitating leadership development, culture transformation, and strategic organizational development initiatives for progressive organizations of 55 to 23,000 employees. He is also an active keynote speaker and has been a speaker, trainer and panel moderator at several conferences across Canada, the US, Scotland and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Rick holds a doctorate in educational leadership with a focus on human resources strategy and leadership, a masters in organizational leadership and systems renewal and a masters in adult education. Rick is faculty with both the Justice Institute of BC’s Fire & Safety Division (School of Public Safety) and the Centre for Leadership, which is a division of the School of Health, Community & Social Justice. His first book, “The Anxiety Chronicles: 39 Real-life stories of Personal Angst, Honesty, Humour and Coping” is available on amazon.ca.

Several of Rick’s coaching ‘touch points’ include:

  • LEADS Capability Framework
  • Cultural/Intercultural Awareness
  • Emotional Intelligence (Learning in Action Technologies and Bar-On EQ-i0)
  • Ontological (Newfield Network), Adaptive Action (Human Systems Dynamics) and Coaching Out-of-the-Box Coaching Certifications
  • Behavioural Typology Tools (Myers Briggs Typology Indicator, Insights Discovery)
  • Power + Systems (Organizational Systems; When Cultures Meet)
  • Clear Leadership (Leading Through Partnership)

Rick’s passion stems from his desire to experience others tapping into their passion at work and in life.

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