Thank you for sharing your insight with us. You've helped me to reflect on what strong leadership means and, more importantly, why it matters. Leadership is no longer about the leader. We cannot simply focus on instilling in others a sense of confidence in ourselves. We need to shift more towards instilling a sense of confidence and passion in others so that we strengthen collectively. Thanks for illuminating a new path on what continues to be a fascinating journey.
Rene is one of the world's leading executive coaches, working with some of the Fortune 500's and FTSE 100's top Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and their executive teams.
He speaks with the authority and confidence of an expert and leader who has seen and experienced it all before. Rene draws much from his own unique experiences as Managing Director at IPC Magazines and serving on a variety of boards including Pepsi, IPC Media, and the Inland Revenue.
Rene has acquired a reputation for providing first-hand advice and support for a series of successful CEOs in the Fortune 500, FTSE 100, and all around the world. Many may claim to have worked at the 'sharp end' with CEOs, but in actual fact very few have. He has worked closely with Jim Yong Kim (President, The World Bank), Antony Jenkins (CEO, Barclays Bank), Mario Greco (CEO, Generali), and Maria Ramos (CEO, Absa Bank). Hardly any can match his sustained track record of success.
The CEO is the most important and most challenging job in the business. On day one, it is all brand new to the incumbent, and there is no one around to show them what needs to be done. It is the role that rarely has an appropriate job description and even rarer is there any form of handover. It is, without a doubt, the toughest job in the world but with the right team around them everyone flourishes.
As the world of work faces a period of transformation, driven by the increase in racial and social awareness, our CEOs and our businesses have to meet the demands of a new generation that places Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) at their hearts. Recently we have seen an increase in interest for Rene to address both 'Leading Through a Crisis' and cultural transformation brought by the Black Lives Matter movement. Rene has provided leadership teams with straightforward, compelling advice and guidance to inspire change and improve their own corporate culture in regard to how they deal with their employees and customers through the power of being purpose-led and values-driven. Encouraging them to appreciate difference and ensure that everyone feels like they can belong.
From sitting in the boardrooms to coaching world leaders, Rene's extensive experience in business has provided him with case studies and stories from the frontline. There are exciting adventures, emotional anecdotes, and enough C-suite drama to excite any audience. Rene delivers learning wrapped up as unforgettable stories told by a master storyteller. You will want to hear them again and again.
Rene specializes in delivering performances that show precisely how contemporary leaders can electrify a crowd through a passionate and authentic connection. He demonstrates just how captivating an emotionally intelligent approach can be. He is never about theory - it is all about actions and behaviors that we can adopt that will make us more powerful when we come together. Everyone remembers how his sessions made them feel.
Rene is an accomplished visiting professor at Cass Business School. His critically acclaimed latest book, 'Spike - What are you great at?', enables all of us to unleash our inherent strengths and realize our true potential. As Rene says, "If you accept your limitations, you go beyond them".
Featured Keynote Programs
Collaboration Is The New Leadership
“Nothing is best done alone anymore” – no one leader can make all the tough calls on their own anymore. In today’s unforgiving markets, every leader requires the support of a diverse and high performing team. Building a collaborative and collegiate culture demands a new approach to leadership and a change in mindset.
Culture Is More Powerful Than Strategy
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.
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.
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:
• building self-esteem and cofidence
• identifying roles, job and careers that are right for you
• building truly inclusive high-performing teams
• ensuring no-one is left behind
Rene presented to the ILM recently and it was refreshing to hear some simple logic and well-constructed content on how to get the best performance from staff and teams. I enjoyed the charismatic style and confidence on the topic of Spike.
Rene has been my personal executive coach and has worked closely with my direct reports over the past two years - he has pushed us to transform ourselves into a high performing team.
We were recommended Rene by Jim Yong Kim (President of The World Bank) to help my recently assembled Senior Management Team to accelerate our alignment and become far more performance-driven. Suffice to say that we have him on a two-year retainer to work with both myself, my team and or Board of Directors.
Rene has continuously assisted me and my team in better deploying our Spikes that has made us a much better and stronger team - and it has made our very challenging targets so much more fun.
Rene 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. In the two years he worked with the President and his direct reports, they have been totally transformed.
It is our privilege to you have you [Rene] as part of the 'MLN' team, your passion for the M&L agenda is infectious! Your insights and understandings are inspirational. Your contribution to the success of the morning is immeasurable. Thank you so much and as you say another Belfast memory for us as well.
A huge thanks for this afternoon - I think you really helped us turn a corner today. The onus is on us to now deliver the change we want to be! We have had terrific feedback - below is one example. Very much hope we can keep you on our leadership journey - it's been a pleasure and privilege to hear your insights and share your own experiences.