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About Us

We have worked together in various capacities and combinations for more than 20 years. The major reason we just can’t quit each other is how creative, collaborative and fun it is to join forces. The Messy Truth About Leading People gives us a chance to distill our experiences and insights to offer new services to clients.

A common thread for each of us over the years is our dedication to doing meaningful work and bringing out the best in people. Like you, we have worked at companies that were driven more by revenue than by developing talented and effective leaders. That was hard. We struggled to conform.

With The Messy Truth (TMT), we push away all the noise and clutter about leadership to focus on the essence. We believe if you get these three things right (know yourself, understand others, create meaningful connections), everything else will fall into place.

Meet the Team

I’m a story listener and storyteller. People fascinate me and I have a long and interesting career helping people untangle their stories so they are freed up to write new chapters. I’ve been fortunate to live and work in different places, to immerse myself in different cultures and companies, to learn different languages and ways of seeing the world and to marvel at our collective humanity and zaniness.  

My own journey has been rich; loving family member, prolific writer, expert leadership and team coach, decent enough leader, dear friend, irreverent human being. My soul will always come alive for Motown (my home town), great jazz, Alvin Ailey, meditation, water and my most cherished loved ones.
Nicki Roth
Mostly, I am a teacher. I help others learn about themselves and their impact in the world. I’m an observer: of people, of cultures, of interactions.
And I’m a wanderer: across ideas and places.
My interests are at the intersections of history, anthropology, sociology and psychology.  

I’m originally from England, but I have an American disposition. My other main role is as husband and father. Professionally, I am an expert leadership and team coach. And I have worked with CEOs and senior executives in many industries all around the world.
Gavin Fenn-Smith
I have a passion for helping companies expand and better reach their market. Instead of focusing on all of the letters after my name, now I focus on the difference I can make through the work that I do.

A marketer at heart, I work with businesses to plan and execute custom marketing and creative strategies. I do this here at The Messy Truth Leadership as well as for my freelance clients.

Rhea Welch
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