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Driving performance through brain science

Global support to leaders, teams and organisations

Supporting teams to innovate, improve and win

Delivering fast, eye-catching results for clients


Thank you for visiting First Ascent!

We provide contemporary leadership, coaching and team development programmes, uniquely designed for each client's challenges and incorporating the latest neuroscience research to maximise performance.

Our approach reflects our values: agile, engaging, provocative and accountable ... or to put it another way ... we listen, question and challenge you .... then we engage your people to deliver seriously impressive ROI for your organisation.

Our service is personal, flexible and responsive ... our unique team all have senior leadership experience ... we understand the challenges that leaders face.

We work with new start-ups and global multinationals. In Europe, India and America. All of our clients are ambitious to improve their performance and to be leaders in their field ... and they describe us as a dynamic and engaging partner.

Your support from First Ascent is available 24 x 365, as we believe in operational reality. We mentor our alumni for life – for free.

If you are looking for a highly committed, effective and trusted partner to help ignite ambition and inspire confidence in your people .... then please contact us for an engaging conversation as a first step towards accelerating your performance!

Latest News...

Friday 17th April 2015
An article in the 11th April 2015 edition of New Scientist, updates us on the money now being invested in brain research. The US, Europe, China, Israel, Japan and Canada are all investing significantly. read more...

Monday 13th April 2015
An article in the Spring 2015 Magazine of the British Neuroscience Association describes recent research showing how our brains are able to imitate others. This suggests in part how we learn from others, by simple imitating. An example of this in action is a child learning to tie show laces and many other tasks we learn by watching and trying ourselves. read more...

Monday 26th January 2015
The latest neuroscience knowledge is providing new understanding around how we should be designing learning and development experiences. The research is providing critical insight into how we think and behave, offering support and guidance on how to deliver engaging, brain friendly development experiences that make learning truly effective.

David Sales will be discussing this forward thinking subject at the Learning and Skills Conference 2015 in London, Olympia (Theatre 10, 13:30 - 14:00 on 28th and 29th January)


17th April 2015 12:04pm
"We look forward to the Brain Race driving globally collaborative research"

13th April 2015 16:04pm
"Fascinating research regarding the Chameleon Effect and how our brains imitate others to achieve social cohesion"