I’m a details guy.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a big believer in strategic vision and creative planning, but I’m a details guy, and I’m proud of it. Let me explain.

There’s a fine line between being a visionary leader and ignoring the details. Just as there’s a fine line between being detailed oriented and—what we call at Rhapsody—“paralysis by analysis”. You don’t want to get bogged down in the details and lose sight of the big picture.

But the details are important.

When it comes to business, the details are all around us. The opportunities to make small improvements are everywhere. And believe it or not, those small improvements can really add up. There’s something called the “aggregation of marginal gains” where if you look to make just 1 percent improvements in many different areas—even areas where you wouldn’t think it would make an impact—then those small gains can add up to extraordinary improvement.

I love complex models. I love working with them and finding ways to optimize them. It’s something that’s come naturally to me. I’ve been able to improve processes and systems during my career, to enhance time and efficiency and ultimately, improving customer satisfaction.

But when you’re used to doing something one way, changing how you do it can be difficult. When you hit snags, it’s natural to resort to “how we’ve always done it”. While we find ways to make it better, I can help people get on board at a pace that’s comfortable for them. Or, if necessary, we can implement it much faster.

It’s something I truly believe in, and I’m continuously applying it to my own life. I love to learn and I’m always striving for change. I’m always looking for ways to improve my time management, find hacks to be more productive, and experimenting with ways to maximize my time, so I have more time for the people I love and the activities I love doing.

If this sounds like something you’d like to explore, let’s have a chat.


“A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
~Winston Churchill



Nicolas de Bony

Ottawa Business Coach


I have known Nic for 5 years and I trust him to coach me and any of my colleagues in terms of boosting our productivity. He is a creative thinker with great analytical skills, which is a rare combination. Bruce M. Firestone

Ottawa Senators founder, Century 21 Explorer Realty Broker, Bruce M. Firestone Real Estate Investment

As the leader of a not-for-profit organization that is trying to do a lot with few resources, Nic has helped me carve out time to think about where I want the organization to be in the future, what our current roadblocks are, and then how we could get from here to there. The thing I like most about coaching is the space it creates to think these bigger picture thoughts. Thanks Nicolas! Jasmine Brown

Executive Director, Heart of Orleans BIA