A brief introduction

Nicolai Tillisch

Leadership means making use of opportunities whose nature or potential we do not yet fully comprehend. The act of leadership is relevant for us as individuals, and for how we relate to each other and how we jointly pursue ambitions.

Nicolai has undertaken extensive research into how achievement, growth, and well-being reinforce each other. That is a core theme in the new book, Return on Ambition, and is central to the software platform, StepUpYourDay.

For more than a decade, Nicolai’s professional focus has been coaching executives and leadership teams and designing and facilitating interventions in organizations. He has worked with clients on four continents and is a part of the global firm Cultivating Leadership.

Return on Ambition

New Book

The best-selling book Return on Ambition: A Radical Approach to Your Achievement, Growth, and Well-Being by Nicolai and his co-author Nicolai Chen Nielsen.

Keynotes & Courses

Inspired by Return on Ambition
Energetic and inspiring keynotes, workshops, and courses by the two Nicolais on the back of their best-selling book Return on Ambition.


Software Platform

The result of the long-time collaboration between Nicolai and Stefan Falk with the mission to help people “utilize their potential in a powerful yet healthy and safe way every day”

Cultivating Leadership

Coaching & Facilitation

Bespoke coaching, facilitated workshops, and development programs in collaboration with 80+ amazing colleagues at the internationally acknowledged firm Cultivating Leadership.