Meet our fantastic team of Ninjas, ready to help you reach your productivity potential!
Director and Productivity Ninja
I specialize in personal organizational systems, strategies to deal with the information overload and ‘action management’.
I specialize in personal organizational systems, strategies to deal with the information overload and ‘action management’. I am a naturally ‘too strategic to be organized’ person but have trained myself to be productive throughout the development of personal workflow systems and developing the power of good habits.
Why I do it
Forcing myself to develop good workflow habits has been tough – I’m a typical strategic ‘flake’! – so my work gives me the immense satisfaction of telling people that if I can do it, they can too.
My transition from charity chief executive to freelance consultant was what inspired Think Productive. Realising I’d have to manage without a PA and a great team of ‘do-ers’, I began reading about workflow and productivity tools, and developing ways to ensure maximum productivity. I now run 2 companies (the other being social enterprise consultancy, Fruitful Consulting), I’m Chair of international development charity READ International, a trustee of Centrepoint and an acoustic singer songwriter.
Graham’s commitment, enthusiasm and sheer pleasure at seeing his simple advice take effect were catching
Tom Levitt | (MP) House of Commons
3fun things about me
- I am a huge Aston Villa fan, travelling a 350 mile round-trip for every home game.
- I used to be “Hugh Bear”, the giant mascot for Warwickshire County Cricket Club.
- I am utterly terrible at household DIY. Don’t even let me near a shelf!
I have managed, organised and supported people to enhance their own productivity, communication skills and self-confidence.
With twenty years experience advising small businesses, I understand the issues that they face, and speak their language. My goal as a Productivity Ninja is to enable entrepreneurs to tackle the multitude of challenges they face in an optimal way, and build valuable, successful companies with the minimum of stress. I am also an incurable iPhone personal productivity geek.
Why I do it
People who do this love to help people, and I am no exception. My personal life was revolutionized when I embraced core personal productivity principles, and being a Productivity Ninja gives me the opportunity to help others to achieve the same high-doing/low-stressing life.
I have worked in investment banking, strategy consulting and business incubation. I also built log cabins in the Canadian wilderness for a while. I have a passion for small businesses, and have been an entrepreneur, adviser and investor in this area for twenty years. I have worked and studied in the US, Madrid and Stockholm but I am now happy in West London.
Not wishing to sound over dramatic but that training has seriously changed my life!
E. Fryc | Unltd
3fun things about me
- I haven’t watched television since 1999.
- I enjoy building dry stone walls.
- I am a member of The Apostrophe Society.
I have always been fairly well organized so the “Think Productive Way” is close to my heart.
I am an experienced facilitator and trainer with a strong commercial background. This allows me to run Think Productive workshops with a great understanding about the daily pressures participants need to contend with. There is nothing worse than a trainer who hasn’t been there!
Why I do it
I have always been fairly well organized so the “Think Productive Way” is close to my heart. It’s so rewarding to see the difference in people in a matter of hours. Often participants arrive with the world on their shoulders but by the end of the day they are clearly focused and motivated.
My career for the last two decades has been financial services. A large part of my role was to train and develop a team but I then had an opportunity to move solely into training and consultancy which I seized. Working with Think Productive has been a natural extension of what I used to do…..and it really makes a difference.
Russell’s approach to training is a very detailed and engaging one
Kate Brooks | Edenred
My expertise is in experiential education - learning by doing (hence why I love delivering Think Productive workshops).
I hold a BA in Experiential Education & Business Studies, an MSc in Sustainable Development and a diploma in Digital Marketing. My expertise is in experiential education – learning by doing (hence why I love delivering Think Productive workshops). The United Nations Economic Commission of Europe (UNECE) citied a peer education programme that I developed as an example of best practice in its field. So you could say that I like what I do!!
Why I do it
I’m naturally organised. I was give my first FiloFax when I was nine! But I also have the tendency to overreach. I think that if I didn’t embrace the principles thought by Think Productive my life would spin wildly out of control. In a word, I’d be overwhelmed. And there’s a difference between being organised and being productive. Being organised is having all the right ingredients to make a cake when it’s time to bake. Being productive is making a great cake. Ideally with as little effort expended as possible.
I think that most of us experience that tension in our work lives – trying to organise the infinite number of incomings and still be productive. Which is why I love the work that we do at Think Productive. We help people do their best work. In a stress free manner.
Since the age of sixteen I’ve worked in various outdoor education centres as an outdoor pursuits instructor. About 10 years ago I transitioned into working with NGO’s in the environmental sector helping to role out of their education programmes. Over the past 5 years, I’ve been involved in the start-up space setting up my own business and helping others develop Minimal Viable Products (MVP’s) for market testing.
33 fun things about me
- I once lived in a tent for 10 months.
- I run an international adventure film festival and tour.
- I’ve traveled to 36 countries on various adventures.
As a ‘Productivity Ninja’ I work with our clients to deliver and develop our range of workshops and coaching solutions.
As a ‘Productivity Ninja’ I work with our clients to deliver and develop our range of workshops and coaching solutions. I combine a strong commercial background with the mindset of an educator, ensuring participants can implement their learning to best effect.
Why I do it
Throughout 13 years working in learning and development, the common thread has always been helping individuals, teams and organizations become the best at what they do with their skills and effort. The work we do at Think Productive delivers, very directly, exactly that.
My journey to Think Productive had 3 elements. My first career in business for over a decade ensures I know what it’s like trying to get stuff done in the ‘real world’. Re-skilling as a qualified teacher and commercial trainer led to extensive L&D work in both public and private sectors. Finally there’s my long time passion for personal productivity. When I saw what Think Productive were up to, joining the team was a “must do”!
Our training experience was everything we had hoped for
Laura Serratrice | University of Bristol
Productivity has become nothing short of a passion of mine and the ability to be able to combine this with the opportunity to help others makes this role ideal for me.
Having enjoyed over fifteen years in the corporate workspace as both an IT Manager and Project Manager, I’m very familiar with the on-demand, always-on nature of business and the pressures that come with that. Remembering the day that I looked at my overwhelming To Do list and realizing I needed to do something about it allows me to empathize closely with my delegates. Working as a Productivity Ninja allows me to help others fight those personal battles that plagued me for years.
Why I do it:
Productivity has become nothing short of a passion of mine and the ability to be able to combine this with the opportunity to help others makes this role ideal for me. There is no better professional feeling for me than when I receive a follow-up communication from a delegate expressing their thanks at the reduced level of stress they have in their lives.
I have worked in the IT industry since 2003 at both a design and management level. Working as a Project Manager has been great as it’s a great opportunity to ‘walk the walk’ and I can talk about relevant real world experiences to my classes with confidence. With a background predominantly in Education, NHS and Transport, I am intimately familiar with pressured roles!
I actually left the session confident that I had tools to be more effective both in and out of work.
| Transport for London
33 fun facts about me
- I am an avid Tottenham Hotspur supporter.
- I had a speaking part on a TV Programme when I was 10, but never achieved my dream of being on Grange Hill.
- I’m a total Apple nerd and manage a website dedicated to being more productive with Apple products.
I’ve always been passionate about people and how we work best individually and as part of a team.
As a coach I specialise in helping busy entrepreneurs who are juggling business and family to make the most of their time and talent. As a qualified NLP practitioner and DiSC trainer, I bring a psychological and practical perspective to productivity, with an emphasis on personality and playing to your strengths. I am also the author of “21 Ways to Manage the Stuff That Sucks Up Your Time” – which topped the Amazon UK bestselling ranks for Time Management, Business Management and Small Business Entrepreneurship, and the newly published “How to be Really Productive: achieving clarity and getting results in a world where work never ends.”
Why I do it
I got fed up of saying “I haven’t got enough time!” I’m naturally disorganised – impatience is what drove me to get good at getting things actually done! I wasn’t willing to put life on hold so I juggle my business, family, community and social life on a daily basis – and not necessarily in that order. Which is why I’m passionate about helping people find focus, flexibility and clarity in and amongst the chaos of a busy life – so that they get things done, have time for what really matters to them and live the life they want in the time that they do have.
Educated with a management degree and qualified as a coach, NLP practitioner and DiSC trainer, I’ve always been passionate about people and how we work best individually and as part of a team. I have worked with a range of individual business owners as well as management teams, and am delighted to be part of the Think Productive team to help even more people get from chaos to clarity.
A pleasure to work with, unflappable and delivered a great session that was packed with advice
Kate Collins | Teenage Cancer Trust
3fun facts about me
- My favourite game is Scrabble, but my husband refuses to play with me as he’s dyslexic.
- I have been in two pantomimes – once as a fairy and once as Princess Jasmine.
- At one point or another I have learned to play four instruments and speak four different languages – albeit rather rusty now…
I focus on working with people to adopt solutions, change their working practices and make a difference to their lives.
I was originally a delegate on Think Productive’s ‘Getting Your Inbox to Zero’ course in 2010. I was working as a CEO and spent a huge amount of time ‘doing email’. The session really made a big impact on me. It was before Graham wrote his book. I went away and read other books about productivity, a colleague told me about an app I could use and there was no looking back. I have had the experience of implanting the ‘Think Productive Ways’ in an environment that isn’t Think Productive. I have since trained and coached people in all sectors, from small charities, huge charities and multinational businesses.
Why I do it
I love it. It works. Think Productive workshops are about people implementing change there and then. These methods have made a huge difference to my personal and professional life and I enjoy sharing that experience with others. I’ve said good bye to stress and welcomed productivity!
I enjoy helping people to be the best that they can be. With 14 years experience as a trainer I focus on working with people to adopt solutions, change their working practices and make a difference to their lives and those around them.
What my clients say
“Opened up my mind to other ways of working. Practical advise I can use when I leave here and share with my colleagues and friends. Very informative. Timely- I so needed this. Invaluable. “(CIMA London 2016).
Powerful. Positive. Hopeful. Clear and concise. Understanding of our stressful lives.
| CIMA London
3fun facts about me
- I have an orange belt in kick boxing
- I love cooking, and am on a mission to learn how to bake bread. All tips welcome!
- I love dancing!
I notice the things that work too and try to learn from an effective management style or a brilliant meeting chairperson.
I’ve worked in a wide range of companies and often I’ve seen the same problems repeated: failure to maintain focus at meetings and to follow up actions; problems with staff motivation and stress; information overload and reinvention of the wheel. I always find myself analysing why a procedure isn’t working properly or how we can document and share lessons learnt. I notice the things that work too and try to learn from an effective management style or a brilliant meeting chairperson who sticks to the agenda with a strong sense of objectives.
Why I do it
I’m one of those people who is always looking for the most efficient way to do everyday tasks or for fun ways to motivate myself to do those tasks I don’t particularly want to do. I find the psychology behind the way people work fascinating and I’m constantly inspired by those little tricks that make life a little bit easier (like turning off email alerts!).
My interest for exploring productivity, motivation and knowledge-sharing began at University where I studied organizations and productivity as part of my Economics degree. As soon as I entered the business world, I saw how the theories functioned in practice. Throughout my career, I have found myself drawn to projects that aim to improve the sharing of information and to help teams “do things smarter”.
Elena was more than happy to accommodate our needs and work with us
Sam Netherwood | Stockport Homes
3fun facts about me
- I’m in an improvised comedy troupe.
- I was once on the “And Finally” bit of “ITV News at 10″, dressed up (and monkeying around) as Dr Zera, at the Planet of the Apes 2001 London Premiere.
- I was the Stand-by Costumer for Rhys Ifans on the (surely?) underrated classic, Mr Nice.