René Carayol

Leadership Speaker, Advisor to Chief Executives & Heads of States, Author

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  • Languages Spoken

    English

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    United Kingdom (UK)

  • René Carayol`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects René Carayol`s U.S. Speaking Fee

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  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    United Kingdom (UK)

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Collaboration

Collaboration must become one of the key threads of the culture. Therefore, new recruits need to be team players who embrace collaboration by both attitude and behaviour. There is still a tendency to recruit or appoint the ‘super star’ who ...

Collaboration must become one of the key threads of the culture. Therefore, new recruits need to be team players who embrace collaboration by both attitude and behaviour. There is still a tendency to recruit or appoint the ‘super star’ who always delivers, despite being a self-serving ‘lone wolf’. This must change for true collaboration to work. 

By building teams with all members having the opportunity to capitalise upon their differing strengths, this encourages collaboration as nothing is best done alone anymore. The weaving in and out of each other’s talents can be very powerful and energising for all involved. 

The Chief Executive and the top leadership team in the business must exemplify the traits of a strong interdependent team. They must be seen to be truly committed to each other’s success. They are the most influential positive role models. 

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Purpose – Values Led/Performance Driven

Globalisation has brought many benefits for the stronger and more forward thinking businesses but it has also brought with it tremendous over-capacity in all sectors. This has made differentiation a necessity.  ...

Globalisation has brought many benefits for the stronger and more forward thinking businesses but it has also brought with it tremendous over-capacity in all sectors. This has made differentiation a necessity. 

However, when asked, few people can answer the question “What Are You Great At?” 

Increasingly consumers are voting with their values; it has become THE key differentiator. But to ensure a product or person is both genuine and authentic, it is critical to know your brand and your values inside out. 

Be it a corporate brand or a personal one, the questions remain the same. Who are you? What are your values? What are your aspirations? What are your objectives? What do you stand for? 

Brands are the promise of an experience; if that promise is not authentic and is not kept, the customer’s response can be immediate and severe. 

Only once these fundamental questions are resolved can anyone or anything be a sustainable success. In the hugely challenging year ahead it has become strikingly evident that addressing these critical issues is not just a “nice to have” but a business imperative. 

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The Battle for Talent

There are a huge and growing number of extremely talented young people in our world, but the traditional deployment of the hierarchy of business does not always see or allow the most talented people to be at the top of the organisation. ...

There are a huge and growing number of extremely talented young people in our world, but the traditional deployment of the hierarchy of business does not always see or allow the most talented people to be at the top of the organisation. 

Given the electrifying pace of business today, it’s no longer feasible for the CEO or even the ‘C- suite’ to be on top of everything that is going on in the business. Consequently, they are not always the best initiators of new activity or solvers of today’s problems. 

Therefore, progressive leaders will always look to harness the talented people that they can learn from all over the business. They also look to hire employees that can bring something new to the table, and who vitally, believe in the company’s values. 

And, to ensure that these gifted people are kept happy, they must be recognized and treated well no matter where these special people lie in the hierarchy. 

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Disruptive Innovation

Nearly every organisation on the planet has some form of digital strategy at the moment, and this is absolutely the right way to go. However, it must be accepted that the world at large has Gone Digital already. In fact, it has probably gone a ...

Nearly every organisation on the planet has some form of digital strategy at the moment, and this is absolutely the right way to go. However, it must be accepted that the world at large has Gone Digital already. In fact, it has probably gone a little further than that, and has now gone ‘mobile’ as well. 

Incremental and Bolt-On strategies are failing badly. The existing power structures in most organisations are inadvertently preventing the digitisation of the organisation. Who would not want a reduced cost base, increased customer centricity, enhanced compliance, more speed and agility, reduced manual intervention, better risk management and so much more? Well, the obvious answer is everybody would want this, and this is what precisely digitising the business will deliver. 

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Personal Leadership

At the top of the organization, the pressure is high and it drives peak performance. As soon as you are able to tangibly ‘contribute,’ it becomes easier to be treated as an equal. On occasion, things can go awry, and this always requires ...

At the top of the organization, the pressure is high and it drives peak performance. As soon as you are able to tangibly ‘contribute,’ it becomes easier to be treated as an equal. On occasion, things can go awry, and this always requires attention. Strangely, in the more robust atmosphere of a board meeting, it is highly appropriate for these issues to be tackled immediately and directly. It can be extremely uncomfortable, but it is necessary, as the learning and experience at the top of the organization soon starts to trickle downwards. As a board director or senior executive, every individual carries both the burden of responsibility and of leadership. All transformation best starts at the top

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High Performing Cultures/Corporate Culture

Companies that just continue to push products will wither away; those who put the customer clearly at the heart of all they do will thrive.  It’s the culture of the business that provides the key ...

Companies that just continue to push products will wither away; those who put the customer clearly at the heart of all they do will thrive. 

It’s the culture of the business that provides the key to unlocking sustained and positive momentum. Progressive cultures are fuelled by engaged and inspiring leaders. These leaders tend to be visible, connected and trusted. Their behaviour, values and role modelling are essential fuel for progressive cultures. 

The culture—the psychology, actions and beliefs of a group of people—is much more powerful than strategy. 

There are two definitions of the kind of culture that creates momentum for any business. The first one is that culture is “what happens when the CEO leaves the room”. The second definition is “the way we get things done around here”. It’s all about the attitude of those working for your company. 

The most important thing about culture is that it’s the only sustainable point of difference for any organisation. Anyone can copy your strategy, but nobody can copy your culture. So, why would you leave it untended? 

The best businesses are the ones whose culture has grown bigger and stronger than any individual in the team. A strong culture gains power through inspiring your people to conform to it. 

Culture is the key weapon of all progressive, high-performing businesses. When employing new talent, you have to be discerning in what you’re looking for. Take attitude over skills every time. Hire for attitude, train for skills. It’s far more beneficial to hire someone with the right, positive mindset who will fit in with the culture of your company, than someone with strong skills and great experience, but an inappropriate attitude. 

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Diversity and Inclusion

It still appears to be really difficult to “walk in the shoes” of the marginalized when you have never shared their experience. There was a time when the need for diversity had to be explained, educated and proved. Thankfully, that is no ...

It still appears to be really difficult to “walk in the shoes” of the marginalized when you have never shared their experience. There was a time when the need for diversity had to be explained, educated and proved. Thankfully, that is no longer the case, as today, most people definitely get it. Unfortunately, many are still working on the business case for diversity—that proves that their organization still has a way to go. It is just the right thing to do, no queries or challenges stand up anymore! 

As the old saying goes, ‘diversity is being invited to the dance, inclusion is being asked to dance.’ It’s no longer good enough to be just present, and in many respects, even inclusion is no longer enough – today, it’s more about the feeling of belonging. As soon as you feel you belong, it changes the feeling of being different from a negative to a positive. 

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About Keynote Speaker René Carayol

About Speaker René Carayol…

The biggest challenge businesses are facing today is the electrifying pace of change and the uncertainty that brings to everything that leaders are trying to achieve. 

René is currently working with some of the world’s leading blue-chip multinational businesses such as The World Bank, African Development Bank, HSBC, TomTom, Vodacom and ConvaTec, advising them on a practical and pragmatic way forward. He has a unique and specialized view of how some of the worlds’ leading businesses are navigating this unforgiving world. 

When this is coupled with his quite amazing ability to forecast and predict what will work and what doesn’t in terms of cultural change, makes him the most compelling futurist in the world today. 

He uses his captivating storytelling capability to bring these contemporary case studies alive with electrifying effect. 

He is no academic but he is a true business leader that has been both Chairman and CEO. This is not theory, abstract or concept – it’s hard hitting reality. 

René is unique, in that he always shares his incredibly thought provoking and unforgettable presentation with his audience, enabling them to download it and share with their teams and consequently help change the whole organization. 

Given René’s experience as a BBC presenter, he is also available to compare sessions, interview senior executives and run panels in the most professional, business led and unmissable manner.

He is the best-selling author of the leadership and culture bible, “Corporate Voodoo”, and has had the privilege of working closely with some of the world’s best leaders, from former US President Bill Clinton to CEOs of blue chip businesses, including Jim Yong Kim at The World Bank, Ralph Hamers at ING Bank, Mario Greco at Generali and Maria Ramos at Barclays Africa. He has interviewed the good and the great including Jack Welch, Allan Leighton, Lou Gerstner, and Sir Richard Branson. 

His latest book, SPIKE is the product of some 30 years of supporting the growth and development of individuals and businesses of all shapes and sizes in the UK and overseas. The book brings together a proven formula for personal and business development. 

You will continue to see René on the BBC and Sky News as an expert commentator and you can see his portfolio of TV series for the BBC on his YouTube channel. 

René has built his reputation on getting to know the culture of businesses better than they do themselves, and providing answers and solutions no matter how big or small the problems. 

His messages are practical, real life experiences delivered with electrifying effect. He both shakes up and inspires his audiences by showing them not only what lies within their grasp, but how true collaboration makes everyone stronger. 

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