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Nick Petschek


As a Director at Kotter, Nick draws on his wide skill set to help organizations formulate and achieve their strategy and culture goals. Nick aids clients in surfacing the delta between organizational aspirations and reality, closing that gap together.

His career journey has been one of constant curiosity and learning. From the awe-inspiring circus to the nimble world of unicorn startups, to the process-oriented United Nations, he has tackled challenges related to telling a compelling story and envisioning a new future, scaling, sustainability, and culture transformation. His clients have ranged in size and industry, with a focus on technology and government.

Nick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He also holds a dual Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from The Fletcher School and Urban Planning, both from Tufts University.


Why did you decide to work at Kotter?

Having spent time inside organizations and in consulting, I knew I wanted a place that joined the wisdom of decades of research, passionate people, and a propensity for action and innovation. I found that (and more!) at Kotter.

If you weren’t working at Kotter, what would you be doing instead?

Working at a meditation center, running an expedition in the Amazon, or hosting a YouTube cooking show.

Who is your favorite leader / leadership expert?

I really enjoy the nexus of traditional business and leadership research and the new opportunities provided by big data and scientific methods. We need both. In that vein, right now I’m appreciating the work of Adam Grant and Philip Tetlock.

What’s got you thinking right now?

I’m very influenced by ideas from the “future of work”, design thinking and positive psychology. Specific books that had a recent impact on me are Superforcasting and Reinventing Organizations.

Share something about you that would most surprise people.

I worked in a circus. Seriously.