What We Do
We are strategic problem solvers and strength builders that are attached to our client’s business outcomes. We provide consulting, training, one on one coaching, group facilitation, mediation, performance management and interim leadership as ways to help guide and support our client’s discovery and success.
Why The Name
George Brewster, founder and principal of Gimbal Systems, is an avid sailor. When he envisioned the mission of his management-consulting firm, he saw the gimbal as the perfect metaphor for what his clients were experiencing. So what’s a gimbal?
Gimbals are vitally important components for a ship’s captain or aircraft’s pilot. These little mechanisms – which are really nothing more than three interlocking rings that pivot at right angles to one another – swing together in three dimensions to keep any instrument upright, balanced and directional. They are brilliantly simple but functionally very complex.
If you aren’t familiar with the gimbals on a boat, think of the gyroscopes you may have played with as a child. When set in motion, gyroscopes can balance elegantly on the tip of a pencil. You can also find them in camera tripods and those two-wheeled Segway vehicles that often glide around city streets.
The fundamental operating principle within any gimbal system is the three degrees of freedom, which allow it to tilt in any direction it needs to maintain balance. If one of the rings – or one of the degrees of freedom – gets stuck, you have gimbal lock. The gimbal doesn’t stop working, but the result is chaotic and less balanced.
Here’s a visceral example.
Want to learn more? Read Gimbalage – A new word to live and lead by on my blog.