Nick Jankel

  • Leadership Futurist
  • Transformation Catalyst
  • Thought Leader on Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (VUCA)
  • Author


Nick Jankel is a highly sought-after and accomplished international keynote speaker who inspires audiences across the globe to forge the future in a digital, disrupted, and damaged world.

As a futurist, leadership theorist and transformation catalyst at the pinnacle of thought leadership, Nick has advised and accelerated many ambitious organizations such as Novartis, HSBC, Unilever, Kellogg’s, Nike, No.10 Downing Street, Zalando, Genentech, Google, Roche, Diageo, Intel, Lendlease, P&G and the BBC.

Nick is a master at the skills, qualities and capabilities of Transformational Leadership: how to metabolize constant change into concrete value and impact, from leading digital transformation to landing disruptive innovation. A Cambridge-educated medic, he develops highly-original thinking and powerful tools— using a blend of the latest brain science fused with profound wisdom—that inspire leaders to switch on and step up rather than freezing in uncertainty, fighting the need for tangible change, and repeating what worked in the past.

 

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Huge Impact! Outstanding framework and powerful tools.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Nick Jankel
  • Merck
  • SAP
  • No.10 Downing Street
  • Yale Management School
  • HSBC
  • The Economist
  • Unilever
  • NHS
  • Microsoft
  • Novartis
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Take Charge Of Change: Transformational Leadership In The VUCA World

Rapid change, uncertainty and complexity is driving Industrial-Age companies to fail. What got them here will not get them there. Nick explains how leaders can master themselves so they can turn constant change outside into exponential value - transforming processes, products and people at will ...

Rapid change, uncertainty and complexity is driving Industrial-Age companies to fail. What got them here will not get them there. Nick explains how leaders can master themselves so they can turn constant change outside into exponential value - transforming processes, products and people at will and the 5 stages of becomes a Transformational Leader.

The Great Transformation: The Future of Our Digital, Disrupted & Damaged World

The future exists in the present - as long as we know how to spot it and leverage it. Nick shows audiences how to use futuring tools to find where value lies in the future - so we can lead transformations in our systems that deliver exponential value in the present. ...

The future exists in the present - as long as we know how to spot it and leverage it. Nick shows audiences how to use futuring tools to find where value lies in the future - so we can lead transformations in our systems that deliver exponential value in the present.

Agility and the 4 Criteria For “Transformational Teams”

Rapid change demands we must all be more agile with our ideas and behaviors. But fear, friction, groupthink and entrenched habits get in the way. Nick explains how leaders can create the conditions for agility, adaptability and pace with the 4 key ingredients for high-performing teams (that are ...

Rapid change demands we must all be more agile with our ideas and behaviors. But fear, friction, groupthink and entrenched habits get in the way. Nick explains how leaders can create the conditions for agility, adaptability and pace with the 4 key ingredients for high-performing teams (that are not what you think).

Storytelling & Inspiring Leadership

Inspired employees are 125% more productive than satisfied ones. Nick explains how leaders can use purpose, empowerment, emotive communication, self-mastery and storytelling to inspire others to change, create and collaborate. Nick explains how to ethically use persuasion and storytelling to inf ...

Inspired employees are 125% more productive than satisfied ones. Nick explains how leaders can use purpose, empowerment, emotive communication, self-mastery and storytelling to inspire others to change, create and collaborate. Nick explains how to ethically use persuasion and storytelling to influence people - whether customers or employees - painting pictures

Disruptive Innovation & Creative Leadership

Changes in the outside world threaten every organization with irrelevance. Nick shows leaders how to create exponential value out of constant change through safe, controlled and conscious organizational ‘disruption’. Nick shows how to unleash the creative potential of people and prevent the orga ...

Changes in the outside world threaten every organization with irrelevance. Nick shows leaders how to create exponential value out of constant change through safe, controlled and conscious organizational ‘disruption’. Nick shows how to unleash the creative potential of people and prevent the organizational ‘immune system’ from crushing ideas and individuals before transformations are landed.

Collaborate Leadership & Co-Creation

Collaboration can deliver more with less but usually ends up in a fiasco. Nick shows leaders how to build collaborative, cross-functional teams that deliver ambitious projects whilst avoiding conflict. Nick shares how to create the right conditions for collaboration so people contribute and shar ...

Collaboration can deliver more with less but usually ends up in a fiasco. Nick shows leaders how to build collaborative, cross-functional teams that deliver ambitious projects whilst avoiding conflict. Nick shares how to create the right conditions for collaboration so people contribute and share freely with trust and common purpose.

Regenerative Technology: Make Digital Tech Work For All

The spectrum of digital technologies in the 4th Industrial Revolution • What major technologies—from AI to Blockchain—can do to create value for your users by reinventing and reconfiguring your USP • How to avoid the pitfalls of using digital technologies just because they are new to shore up existi ...

The spectrum of digital technologies in the 4th Industrial Revolution • What major technologies—from AI to Blockchain—can do to create value for your users by reinventing and reconfiguring your USP • How to avoid the pitfalls of using digital technologies just because they are new to shore up existing and rapidly out-dating business models rather than to invent new ones • How to avoid the dangers of building technologies that manipulate, alienate, and exploit • Technology is agnostic—it relies on our mindset as leaders which is totally under our control • With purpose, we can put technology to work scale impact as well as profit and leave the world better

Wellbeing At Work: Beat Stress and Build Strength In Teams

People cannot be creative and adaptive when stressed and struggling • How to keep teams going online and offline by helping them process change, feel safe, and have clarity of what they can do to support projects best • How to support customers and colleagues who are confused, overwhelmed, and suffe ...

People cannot be creative and adaptive when stressed and struggling • How to keep teams going online and offline by helping them process change, feel safe, and have clarity of what they can do to support projects best • How to support customers and colleagues who are confused, overwhelmed, and suffering • How to use the 8 elements of next-level resilience in your life and workplace to develop a Personal Resilience Plan • Employee overwhelm and stress is crushing the potential of even the greatest companies to do Business-As-Usual let alone be agile, adaptable and creative. Nick explains how employees can mastery their own biology, time, energy and performance and so build deep resilience which minimizes stress and overwhelm permanently.

Purpose & Building Regenerative Businesses/Brands

The 4 major crises of the Anthropocene Age that Covid-19 reveals/accelerates • Gen Z & Millennials are demanding for meaningful change from employers and brands • What purpose is and is not; and why what it isn’t is more important than what it is • The amazing benefits and important inconvenienc ...

The 4 major crises of the Anthropocene Age that Covid-19 reveals/accelerates • Gen Z & Millennials are demanding for meaningful change from employers and brands • What purpose is and is not; and why what it isn’t is more important than what it is • The amazing benefits and important inconveniences of purpose • The unique qualities of Regenerative Businesses and Regenerative Brands to aspire to • The business model and value chain ingredients that will build future-forward and purpose-driven Regenerative Businesses

Become A Transformational Organization: Design For Agility Without Losing Stability

There is a generational demand for flatter hierarchies and more distributed power • There is also a survival necessity to allow people at the coalface to adapt and innovate in real time with users/customers… without losing strategy, predictable returns, and efficiency • Empowerment alone does not wo ...

There is a generational demand for flatter hierarchies and more distributed power • There is also a survival necessity to allow people at the coalface to adapt and innovate in real time with users/customers… without losing strategy, predictable returns, and efficiency • Empowerment alone does not work to unlock agility after years of learned helplessness • But there is way of designing organizations for transformation that blends stability & agility; productivity & purpose; and control & creativity • Over 20+ years I have developed a proven pathway to lead and land transformational innovations • This process harnesses new technologies to solve emerging customer needs with insight and creativity • But process is not enough—you also need to build and nurture a culture of Transformational Innovation

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Biography

Cambridge-educated thought leader Nick Jankel switches on people all over the planet with the limitless opportunities of the Networked Age… and how to leave behind redundant Industrial-Age thinking, mindsets, and processes that block us from fulfilling our potential as leaders and as organizations. A former elite scientist, Nick has spent close to 30 years developing a rigorous brain-based methodology and complete toolset for personal and organizational transformation - the hardest tasks in the world - that ensure his clients such as Unilever, HSBC, Kelloggs, Zalando, and Nike are match fit for the future.

Having initially made his name as an innovation guru behind the global launch of Xbox and the development of the most successful TV show of all time (Dancing with Stars / Strictly Come Dancing), Nick realized that the ability of people to think and act differently are always the keys to long-term success. A purpose-driven entrepreneur since the age of 24, he has dedicated his life to mastering the skills and qualities needed to drive change and thrive in a VUCA world. He believes that transformational leadership - the ability to change what you do and how you do it to stay on top - is your only source of continuous competitive advantage and the only factor in your complete control.

Nick is a renowned thinker on AI and blockchain (featured on BBC), generational changes (FT), the Future of Work (CHRO Summit) and global risks (RSA Journal) who see threats to business-as-usual as invitations up our game as leaders. His original ideas and tools inspire audiences to unlock the power of transformation in their products, processes, and people so that they can avoid shrinking margins, brand irrelevance, and difficulty recruiting the best talent - and can instead turn rapid changes in their external environment into business value, whether through digital transformation or disruptive innovation.

Nick is a sought-after and highly-accomplished international keynote speaker who has spoken all over the world to audiences at: LEGO, SAP, Google, Smucker’s, Fujitsu, Roche, Novartis, Diageo, and The Economist Summit amongst many others. A seasoned broadcaster, Nick hosted his own BBC TV Show, has been featured in the FT and The Sunday Times, and has taught at LBS, Oxford, SciencesPo and Yale. He obtained a Triple 1st Class degree - summa cum laude - in Medicine & Philosophy from Cambridge University and is the author of a number of books on creativity, transformation, and leadership. As a cultural commentator, he has been invited to speak at the prestigious Aspen Ideas Festival, TEDx, PBWC SF, and SciFoo at Google Mountain View.

Nick does not just illuminate what the future holds - from AI, blockchain and biotech to climate change, co-living, and political instability - but how audience members must change how they think to forge the future they want. Nick provides audiences with take-away tools and experiential exercises to drive agility, adaptability and digital transformation. He customizes every talk with relevant examples, stories from the frontlines, and nuggets of science and wisdom to help audiences develop adaptive strategies, business model innovations, purpose-driven organizations and systemic change.