Ruth McCarthy, Time to Think Faculty

Ruth McCarthy

Ruth is ‘on a mission to develop independent thinking, encourage engagement, trust and connection and to transform meetings from dull to dynamic’.

Why?  Because we’ve never needed it more!

Ruth says:  After a first career in hardback book publishing and journalism I trained as a coach in the mid-1990’s, specialising in working with young people.  In 2006 while working for a shortlived but exciting careers mentoring startup, Future Prospect, I discovered the power of the Thinking Environment® and began training with Nancy Kline.

The driving force behind the Thinking Environment way of being is a passion for creating the conditions in which people can think clearly and well.  Working like this means I am constantly discovering the benefits of actively creating the right environment for thinking, so that individuals or groups can think with clarity, experience real insights and create change.

As a Consultant and Faculty member at Time to Think (www.timetothink.com) I now lead the exceptional Time to Think programmes and courses including the qualifying courses, for which I’m also a supervisor. I am inspired by our deeply human capacity to create insights, motivation and even joy when offered truly generative attention by another individual, or as groups working together in this way.

Relevant experience includes my publishing career, career transition, chairing a national grant-making Trust for over five years, building a successful coaching practice, my remarkable year with startup Future Prospect, creating my own consultancy Think It Through and teaching nationally and internationally, particularly in Dublin.

Following a Masters in Critical Thinking and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck, University of London in 2002 I maintain professional learning and development through peer and other supervision and memberships of relevant organisations such as the Time to Think Collegiate, the Association for Coaching and the Royal Society for Arts, Manufacture and Commerce.  Like many coaches I’m fascinated by the growing understanding of the brain and read around this widely, incorporating ongoing research and ideas into my teaching.

 “This was a game changer for me, both as a personally transformative experience and in learning an approach which elevated everything I had learned in coaching and coaching and personal development to a new level. In only a matter of weeks it has significantly impacted on my client interactions and in those with my family, my friends and my own self awareness”.  Vincent Byrne, Dublin, 2017.

Time to Think Courses participants come from corporates such as KPMG and Old Mutual Group,  private sector SMEs including brand marketing and PR; public sector employees from the NHS and the civil service, universities and other places of education, and from national and international non-profits like Save the Children and Amnesty International.

Participants attend from the UK and abroad: the current map of participants includes  Italy, Bermuda, Saudi Arabia, Estonia, Austria, Ireland, Belgium, Spain and Australia.

Think It Through Associates

Associates at Think It  Through are other experienced Time to Think Consultants and Facilitators: we work together to deliver Thinking Environment® Courses, Workshops and bespoke facilitation.