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René Carayol

René Carayol

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Business guru. facilitator and speaker on leadership who has worked closely with some of the world's biggest leaders

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"From a practical level, Rene made sure the event involved all of the 120 senior executives. Everything ran to time with his guidance and it was polished and well rehearsed. More importantly Rene ensured the perfect balance of challenge and support instantly reading the dynamic in the room and using his experience to get the most out of every session. All of this was done with wit, grace and charm meaning Rene was a pleasure to deal with."

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Keynote speaker René Carayol is the world's #1 leadership speaker. His focus on culture and inspirational leadership encourages the audience to realize that right attitudes and leadership-oriented minds are important to ensure the continuous thriving of organizations all over the world.

Our keynote speaker René Carayol is an inspirational business expert 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.

René is an engaged 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.

Gifted with an astounding determination, the highly acclaimed speaker René Carayol has the ability to inspire even the cynical to change. His messages are practical, and include real case studies from the leadership front-line and are able to describe both failure and winning. René shakes up and inspires his audiences – to be the best is no longer enough; the winners are those who strive to be unique and different.

René 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, our keynote speaker René Carayol was awarded an MBE for outstanding service to the business community. His groundbreaking book, “Spike: What are you great at?”, is full of his philosophy for achieveing greatness. René firmly believes that everyone has something they are great at – that’s why he helps clients achieve their full potential!

René 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.

Our influential speaker René Carayol 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?

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Inclusive Leadership Everybody In - Nobody Out

Our world has changed, and we need a different, more inclusive, and empathetic form of leadership for these extraordinary times. Many businesses have made meaningful statements and declarations of intent about their Diversity & Inclusion strategy. We all need someone to believe in and something to belong to.

Audience takeaways:

● Through a series of unforgettable stories, René will demonstrate how some of the world’s most progressive companies and leaders have adapted to this volatile world.
● René will inspire to create a working environment where difference is respected and valued, and where encouraging different approaches can lead to vibrant and innovative teams.
● No one who attends René’s talk will leave without their approach to leadership having been enhanced forever.

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Manage a Little Less and Lead a Little More

In recent times, a good enough management team, a good enough strategy, and a good enough brand, was good enough. This is no longer the case. The blunt instrument of Management alone just doesn’t cut it anymore. It is the time for Leadership and Inspired Leadership at that.

Audience takeaways:

  • René will deliver real case studies, and stories that will make an authentic approach to Leadership both understandable and entertaining for your audience.
  • René always ends with 10 top practical tips that will enable every attendee to practice a different approach to Leadership on their return to their place of work.
    This is no lecture by René, but very much an informative performance, using his distinctive sense of humor and some hard-hitting and provocative messages.
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Culture is More Powerful Than Strategy

In most developed economies, business leaders spend the necessary time preparing and articulating the strategy for the organization. This is obviously key and integral to its success. However, just as important is the culture of the organization, but it gets nowhere near as much attention as it deserves – until now.

Progressive businesses have now learned how to fuel and oxygenate their culture, ensuring it is fit for purpose, and a key competitive advantage, a must in these rapidly changing times.

Audience takeaways:

  • René will share his extensive experience and exposure to some of the worlds’ leading corporate cultures, telling his inspiring stories with his deft sense of humor whilst challenging everyone in the auditorium to think again about culture.
  • René will close this fascinating and challenging talk by leaving 10 pragmatic top tips on
    how to transform your corporate culture in a manner that will leave the audience excited and prepared for the transformation of their teams and the business.
Keynote by speaker René Carayol

Culture is More Powerful Than Strategy

In most developed economies, business leaders spend the necessary time preparing and articulating the strategy for the organization. This is obviously key and integral to its success. However, just as important is the culture of the organization, but it gets nowhere near as much
attention as it deserves – until now.

Progressive businesses have now learned how to fuel and oxygenate their culture, ensuring it is fit for purpose, and a key competitive advantage, a must in these rapidly changing times.

Audience takeaways:

  • René will share his extensive experience and exposure to some of the worlds’ leading corporate cultures, telling his inspiring stories with his deft sense of humor whilst challenging everyone in the auditorium to think again about culture.
  • René will close this fascinating and challenging talk by leaving 10 pragmatic top tips on how to transform your corporate culture in a manner that will leave the audience excited and prepared for the transformation of their teams and the business.
Keynote by speaker René Carayol

Collaboration is the New Leadership

There was a time when the people all worked for the leader, today, the leader works for the people. It is no longer feasible for any one leader to call all the shots, solve all the problems and make all the tough calls on their own.

Our world is far too complex, fast-moving and the markets are too unforgiving. It is the time of the team. Whilst it is not feasible for one person to be that broad, it is totally feasible for the team to be that broad.

Audience takeaways:

  • René will share case studies and stories from the front line to the Boardroom. He will share stories of abject failure, and of those who have stalled, but most of all, how many have succeeded.
  • René will deliver practical and pragmatic insights on how everyone can build a truly collaborative culture based on trust and is Values-Led and Performance-Driven.
  • René will close with his top 10 practical tips on how everyone in the room can move tangibly towards a more collaborative approach as soon as they get back to their place of work.
  • René will use his own personal brand of humor, laced with some provocative challenges which will inspire and energize your audience.
Keynote by speaker René Carayol

Strength Based Leadership

SPIKE Spike will assist you in making the most honest assessment of your true (few) outstanding inherent strengths (Spikes). Spike is the most straightforward and perhaps radical approach to:

Audience takeaways:

  • Building self-esteem and confidence;
  • Identifying roles, job, and careers that are right for you;
  • Building truly inclusive high-performing teams;
  • Ensuring no one is left behind.
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From a practical level, Rene made sure the event involved all of the 120 senior executives. Everything ran to time with his guidance and it was polished and well rehearsed. More importantly Rene ensured the perfect balance of challenge and support instantly reading the dynamic in the room and using his experience to get the most out of every session. All of this was done with wit, grace and charm meaning Rene was a pleasure to deal with.

Peter Short

Royal Bank of Scotland

“That was such a fantastic talk – one of the best I have ever attended. I can’t wait to continue talking and to be able to do that face to face. You’ve lifted our spirits with an impact that will last way beyond today.”

Polly Cochrane

Country Manager, WarnerMedia UK & Ireland

“Amazing is all I can say, thank you so much!! We have received bucket loads of comments stating how amazing you were. Truly tremendous and exceptional.”

Marisa Fourie

Business and Investment Solutions, Glacier

“René has made a significant and tangible difference to how we build and align our top teams, and pushed us to lead a lot more and manage a little less”

Sean McGrath

Vice President of HR, The World Bank
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5 out of 5 stars

"From a practical level, Rene made sure the event involved all of the 120 senior executives. Everything ran to time with his guidance and it was polished and well rehearsed. More importantly Rene ensured the perfect balance of challenge and support instantly reading the dynamic in the room and using his experience to get the most out of every session. All of this was done with wit, grace and charm meaning Rene was a pleasure to deal with."

Peter Short - Royal Bank of Scotland See all references

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