René 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 the expert and leader who has seen
and experienced it all before. René 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.
René 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 René to address
both ‘Leading Through a Crisis’ and cultural transformation brought by the Black
Lives Matter movement. This provides leadership teams with straightforward,
compelling advice and guidance to inspire change and improve their own corporate
From sitting in the boardrooms to coaching world leaders, René’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. René delivers learning wrapped up as unforgettable
stories told by a master storyteller. You will want to hear them again and again.
René specialises 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 behaviours that we can adopt that will
make us more powerful when we come together. Everyone remembers how his
sessions made them feel.
René 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 realise our true potential. As René says, “If you accept
your limitations, you go beyond them”.
As the business world moves out of a sustained period of austerity, René specialises in helping many
blue-chip businesses chart a path for growth and a culture of enterprise.
René tailors each keynote to fit the actual challenges or opportunities faced by his clients – embracing
regional differences and cultural nuances learned from his years of experience working across the globe
It is no longer feasible for any one leader to do it all on their own anymore. They need support and challenge for decisions, solutions
and the way forward. The days of being surrounded by more people that looked like them, sounded like them, thought like them and
behaved like them are thankfully long gone in most progressive organisations, BUT sadly not yet in all organisations.
To get the very best decisions, strategy and solutions, teams need to cover all bases, and that means they must be diverse and then
inclusive. Sports teams have figured this out long ago. They have specialists with differing strengths from diverse backgrounds who
come together in dynamic fashion to deliver success.
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.
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 humour whilst challenging everyone in the auditorium to think again about culture.
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.
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