Interview with Nancy Kline

Interview with Nancy Kline

“”The quality of everything we do depends on the quality of the thinking we do first.” Nancy Kline

You can view Part I of the interview:
You can view Part II of the interview:
Part I

Nancy created and pioneered the development of the The Thinking Environment. She is Founder and President of Time To Think. A published author, she also teaches Time To Think Courses, leads the Time To Think Faculty.
Time To Think began in 1984 and grew out of Nancy’s consulting and teaching work near Washington, DC, where she had served as a Founding Director of The Thornton Friends School for twelve years and as Director of The Leadership Institute for six years. She is a visiting lecturer at the Henley Business School, UK.
Nancy was born and raised in New Mexico and lives in England with her husband, Christopher Spence.

You can listen here to Jane’s interview with Nancy, now at 1.4k views where Nancy shares the evolving nature of the Thinking Environment and what it takes to create the conditions for others to think for themselves, as themsevels with rigour, courage, imagination and grace and more . . .

Part II

To continue listening, part two of our exclusive interview you can here where Nancy shares more about her latest book ‘Living with Time to Think – The Godddaughter Letters’. A most profound, beautiful book sharing the letters she has written and shared with her Goddaughters answering some deep questions they have asked of her.


Time To Think is an international leadership development and coaching company. We specialise in the process called The Thinking Environment. We have offices and associate Consultants, Facilitators and Coaches in the UK, USA, Australia, Ireland, Spain, Sweden and South Africa..

Time to Think Website

Additional resources for you to enjoy:
More Time to Think – The Power of Independent Thinking
The quality of everything we do depends on the quality of the thinking we do first. The leaders, professionals, parents and teachers who understand this are at the top of their fields and inspire some of the finest independent thinking in their environments.

In More Time to Think, Nancy Kline shares ten effective ways to help people think for themselves with rigour, imagination, courage and grace. From learning that the mind works best in the presence of a question (so never be afraid to risk being wrong) and that a key factor in the quality of a person’s thinking is how they are treated by the people with them while they are thinking, to the importance of appreciation and of facing what you have been denying, Nancy Kline shows how to create a successful Thinking Environment, whether for two people or a larger group.

Living with Time to Think – The Goddaughter Letters
In this new book Nancy takes her thinking into a more personal sphere. Through a series of letters to her three goddaughters she addresses the fundamental questions of how we can live well, find meaning in our lives, and be happy. Applying the Thinking Environment philosophy, she demonstrates how thinking for ourselves underpins successful in all dimensions of life.
From the Amy Question: ‘what do you know now, that you are going to find out in a year?, to the power of expressing a complex idea idea in one sentence, to the generative invitation: ‘what do youthink?’, she offers deeply stimulating, inspiring ways to the way we think – and live.

Nancy’s exquisite personal reflections on what it means to LISTEN