Biographies

Robin Charbit

Robin began his career as a chemical engineer with Exxon in 1981, having received his education at Sheffield University in the UK, and eventually led one of Exxon’s international plastics businesses. He joined Arthur D. Little in 1992 first in Europe and ultimately, in Boston, where he led and managed the North American Chemicals Practice.

With a colleague, he left the more classical consulting world and founded Insight Management Partners, to bring an understanding of how the mind works into business. He then met Ken Manning and they joined forces to create Insight Principles.

Robin was born in the UK to French parents and met his Belgian wife Sabine, in Switzerland. They now live in Boston with their three soccer-crazed children. When time permits, Robin enjoys all things mechanical (cars, wood-working, home projects) and is an avid cinemaphile.

Sandra Krot

Sandy’s vision is to make the workplace a setting for creative performance as well as the elevation of the human spirit. After graduating from Bates College and the University of New Haven Graduate School, she began her career as a mental health counselor. She founded and served as Executive Director of one the first principle-based programs in the US located in Tampa Florida.

In 2000 she had her first opportunity to take a principle-based understanding of the mind to business. This led her in a new direction and she joined Insight Principles in 2010.

Sandy shares her life with her partner Peter Remick and together they built their net-zero energy home in rural Washington. They get out into the awesome Pacific Northwest wilderness as often as they can sea kayaking, backpacking, and hiking with their dog.

Adrian Lucas

Adrian’s fascination with the mind and human performance started at a very early age while playing competitive sports. He moved from his home in England to attend college in the US.

He has worked in a variety of roles in technology, talent management and corporate training in organizations ranging from small technology startups and to a large Fortune 500 corporation. He now runs a private coaching practice where he works with business leaders and competitive athletes.

His role at Insight Principles is to drive engagement of our public training programs, to support the other coaches and consultants that we train, and to manage a variety of projects relating to new product launches.

Adrian lives in Lakeland Florida with his wife and two young daughters. He is a keen gardener and home chef and enjoys participating in wide a variety of sports and fitness activities.

Ken Manning, Ph.D.

Ken has been interested in finding simple solutions to help people be at their best for as long as he can remember. He pursued three degrees in psychology from Brown University, Lesley College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He practiced as a clinical psychologist for 20 years.

In parallel to his career in psychology, Ken also has a strong background in business, including roles in various start-ups as national sales manager, director of marketing, and advisory board member. He co-founded with his son-in-law, a successful software development company, which he still leads.

In 1999 he began innovating ways to bring insight principles into the corporate world and joined with partner Robin Charbit to form their company Insight Principles.

Ken has been married for 30 years, has two stepdaughters, a son and five grandchildren. He plays the piano, loves the outdoors and all kinds of sports and exercise, travel, photography, woodworking and spending time with family and friends.

Nikki Platte

Nikki has been sharing insight principles with teams and executives for over 10 years. She began her career at BAE Systems in their rotational Leadership Development Program. At BAE, Nikki specialized in coaching, leadership development, and organizational effectiveness, and has carried this focus throughout her career.

With a BS from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor relations, an MBA from Northeastern University, and experience in the automotive, insurance, defense, and outdoor industries, Nikki combines a strong understanding of the human mind and its potential with a sound business background.

Nikki lives in Bellingham, WA, where she skis and bikes year-round with her husband, daughter, and beloved French Brittany dog (the husband and daughter are beloved as well).