René Carayol is a leading business speaker and genuine business guru. His focus on inspirational leadership and culture encourages the audience to realize that right attitudes and leaderships are important to ensure the organization will continue to thrive.
René Carayol is an inspirational business speaker spending most of his time working with leaders from a variety of organizations, from the private, public and not for profit sectors. He focuses on inspirational leadership and culture.
He is both an engaged speaker and facilitator for a range of activities such as leadership summits, management conferences as well as facilitating crucial board meetings. He has provided support to the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, the World Bank and BP, and is now an accomplished Visiting Professor at Cass business school.
He has the ability to inspire even the cynical to change. His messages are practical, and include real case studies from the leadership frontline and are able to describe both failure and winning. He both shakes up and inspires his audiences, it is no longer enough to be the best, and the winners are those that strive to be unique and different.
Carayol is the best-selling author of the leadership and culture bible, “Corporate Voodoo”. He has worked closely with some of the world’s best leaders; from former US President Bill Clinton to the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan and from former US Secretary of State Colin Powell to Sir Richard Branson. In 2004 he was awarded an MBE for outstanding service to the business community.
He is also a regular broadcaster for the BBC and has presented the influential “Pay Off Your Mortgage In 2 Years” series, BBC2′s flagship business offering “The Money Programme” and the critically acclaimed “Mind Of A Millionaire” and “Man From The Met” documentaries.
René gets the audience thinking by asking uncomfortable questions. How do you change old-fashioned, risk-adverse processes that are ill suited to emerging global markets? How do you overcome cynicism and complacency, and replace them with resolve?
His reputation is building on knowing businesses better than they do themselves, and is able to provide answers and solutions no matter how big or small the problems are.
- Manage a little less and lead a little more
When the markets get tough, business gets even tougher. It is those that are truly special, and unique that will rise above the rest, it is therefore time to break free from the pack. Leadership can be exhibited throughout any organization, and is not the sole domain of those at the top of the tree.
Management is the sole thing keeping engines running in many businesses, however it’s not enough. Leadership is the differentiator. Focus should be shifted from ‘not wanting to lose’ to wanting to win. Everyone should try to see what lies within their grasp and make the changes that could trigger the most profound effects on the organization.
- The age of uncertainty
During the good times, it is often enough with a decent approach to management to get by. It is during tough times that leadership counts, especially when there is uncertainty in the air.
It’s not about strategy but about culture and engagement. Uncertainty breeds fear, and fear does not produce positive behaviour or results. It is time to put leadership back on the agenda.
- Culture is more powerful than strategy
The corporate culture is the personality of the organization, it is the way a company does business and how it conducts itself – setting both the foundations of your employees’ beliefs and expectations of work. The culture is what you stand for, and if it is done correctly, it is stronger than any leader or individuals.
Only way to change a negative and cynical culture into a high performing culture is through leadership. It is important to have strong and visible role models who epitomize the values all of the time. People are important, and great people will make even the most ordinary strategy sparkling.
- René Carayol - Tesco – The Appliance of Science