Your Return on Ambition equals the sum of your Achievements, Growth, and Well-Being. Not only do you diminish your potential by compromising on one of them, but you also hurt the two others over time. When you instead prioritize all three, they enforce each other and help you to be both successful and fulfilled in life.

The more ambitious you are, the more is at stake for you. You have high aspirations and can be driven to push yourself too hard. What were previously strengths suddenly start working against you. Instincts overwrite intentions more often than most people are aware of. Your greatest qualities can also be your greatest Frenemies.

The Return on Ambition Toolbox is a radical approach for you to get much more out of your current efforts or achieve the same with less effort.

Nicolai Chen Nielsen

Nicolai Chen Nielsen is an associate partner at McKinsey & Company, where he advises clients on leadership development, culture change, and agile transformations. He is the co-author of Leadership at Scale and has published several articles on personal development. Nicolai has lived in more than ten countries on four continents, and is currently based in New York with his wife, Samira, and their two dogs, Napoleon and Caesar.

Return on Ambition - Nicolia Tillich
Nicolai Tillisch

Nicolai Tillisch is a co-founder of Deliberate Development, a software venture, and associated with Cultivating Leadership, the global coaching firm. He has been a consultant with McKinsey & Company and was an executive with DDB Worldwide, Hutchison, and Nokia Siemens Networks. Nicolai lives with his wife, Ida, and their children, Margaux and Axel, in Copenhagen after previously residing in Dubai, London, and Stockholm.


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