Solve problems worth solving to create solutions that make a difference

What is ?

Syntegrate is a way of thinking, a strategic methodology to solve problems worth solving to create solutions that make a difference.

The unique Syntegrate framework applies art and science with left and right brain thinking alongside energy and passion.

At we use a blend of strategy, consultancy and coaching to solve problems worth solving to create solutions that make a difference.




It’s easy to make things complicated, it’s hard to make things simple. I created the Syntegrate method because that is the way my brain is wired to solve problems. After years of strategy work in C-suite environments, I’ve honed the technique as a problem solving methodology that is more adaptive than most strategic planning methods. In my years in strategy work I noticed that the focus is on complexity, but my desire was to drive simplicity into how complex problems are solved. What you really want to do is find a problem you want to solve, deconstruct that problem and solve it quickly, effectively and simply.  Syntegrate finds patterns fast, synthesises the key drivers to define their importance and priority and integrates it all into a plan. It allows us to solve problems and then adapt.
I believe that every challenge we face can be solved with smart thinking but also with compassion.

– Gill McLaren






Apply the Method
Synthesis . Synergy . Integration


Synthesising the key inputs behind a problem worth solving.


Synergising the key drivers to define their importance and priority.


Then Integrating these priorities into clear goals and actions.

What do we apply approach to?

Life design is the foundation, we build leadership and an inclusive culture on this foundation.

At Syntegrate we work in partnership with individuals and organisations in three areas. These areas are highly inter-connected. Life Design the foundation, is discovering your unique life fingerprint which discovers your strengths and values and what brings you energy, and amplifies these in your life. Your unique life fingerprint is important to how you lead. Leadership is about what defines your authentic leadership and how you use that to drive results and bring out the best in your teams.  Great leadership underpins building diverse teams and an Inclusive Culture that harnesses not only your own leadership strengths but the strengths of all members of the team.

Inclusive Culture

Building inclusive teams and cultures that incorporate individual strengths together with team goals to drive success through collaboration


Creating a shift towards the benefits of 21st Century leadership that is defined by inclusive and integrated leadership styles.

Life Design

Coaching leaders to build successful and sustainable careers and personal lives.

About Gill McLaren

I created Syntegrate out of a desire to drive simplicity into how complex problems are solved. It’s easy to make things complicated; it’s hard to make things simple

Gill McLaren is an experienced executive leader, innovator, speaker and sought after consultant and coach and the CEO and Founder of Syntegrate.

Syntegrate helps “Solve problems worth solving and make a difference”. The unique approach was created by adapting strategic planning approaches from the business world and applying them to problems worth solving in the 3 areas of: Life Design, Leadership and Inclusive Culture.

The Syntegrate 3 step method combines business strategy, consultancy and coaching to bring about practical, pragmatic and positive change solutions both for individual leaders and leadership teams.

The methodology and THINK.PLAN.LIVE. tool are deployed alongside accredited diagnostic tools to build tailored solutions to clients needs.


Define & Design Your Best Life in 6 Simple Steps…

Stories and exercises curated for you to discover your values and strengths, define your gifts, and find what gives you energy. You’ll be guided on a  self-coaching journey of personalised life design, as unique to you as your fingerprint.

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.

- Oprah Winfrey

Let go of who you think you are supposed to be. Embrace who you are.

- Brene Brown, PhD

Leadership is hard to define and good leadership is even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader

-Indra Nooyi

I learned to always take on things I'd never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.

- Virginia M. Rometty

I realized I was more convincing to myself and to the people who were listening when I actually said what I thought, versus what I thought people wanted to hear me say

- Ursula Burns

What I know is, that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfils you, the rest will come.

- Oprah Winfrey

We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.

- Arianna Huffington

Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

- Warren Buffett

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humur, and some style.

- Maya Angelou

If People are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can't hear them anymore.

- Michele Ruiz

There is no passion to be found playing small- in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

- Nelson Mandela

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

- Mahatma Gandhi

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

- Maya Angelou

Look for 3 things in a person- Intelligence, energy & integrity. If they don't have the last one, don't even bother with the first two.

- Warren Buffett

The most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.

- Mark Twain

The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel.

- Steve Furtick

Don't find fault, find a remedy. Anybody can complain.

- Henry Ford

If you aren't making a difference in other people's lives, you shouldn't be in business- it's that simple.

- Richard Branson

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.

- Maya Angelou

The difference between successful people and really successful people, is that really successful people say no to almost everything.

- Warren Buffett

If you don't know what your passion is, realize that one reason for your existence on earth is to find it.

- Oprah Winfrey

Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not.

- Oprah Winfrey

If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.

- Maya Angelou

Don't go around saying the world owes you nothing. It was here first

- Mark Twain

Success is commonly defined as money and power, but that's like a two-legged stool, and you will fall over if that's all that you measure your life by.

- Arianna Huffington

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbur. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
- Mark Twain

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better do better.

- Maya Angelou

Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.

- Dr. Seuss

The best advice I could give anyone is to spend your time working on whatever you are passionate about in life.

- Richard Branson

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

- George Bernard Shaw

Everyone who got where he is, has had to begin where he was.

- Robert Louis Stevenson

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

- Dr. Seuss

Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others.

- Brene Brown

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do; you can act to change and control your life.

- Amelia Earhart

Your dreams don't work unless you do.

- John C. Maxwell

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page

- St. Augustine

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less.

- C.S. Lewis

Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.

- Henry David Thoreau

Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.

- Dr. Seuss

Live as is you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

- Mahatma Gandhi

If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than 5 minutes.

- Albert Einstein

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made feel them.

- Maya Angelou