The Mind of a Disruptor
Disruption is the word on everyone’s lips today. Of course, it’s the current leaders who are being ‘disrupted’, usually by new, fleet-of-foot competitors who have employed digital tools and a fresh mindset to outrank the incumbents. So what does it take to be the disruptor yourself?
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This dynamic session enables you to create the conditions to be a successful disruptor. It’s delivered either as a keynote, or as a longer more interactive event. You are challenged to develop a dose of ‘healthy paranoia’: inspiring the urgency to act and disrupt yourself!
Does your business feel like a powerhouse of innovation? The answer to this question depends greatly on your leaders’ mindset, energy levels, and quality of attention, and the kind of behaviour they inspire and reward. Nigel’s work focuses on what it takes to create a culture of innovation.
Fanatical About Talent
It's the inspiration and commitment of your people that gives your business competitive edge. So what can you do to attract, retain, and develop the best talent? This keynote or interactive event challenges the notion of cheque book recruitment.
Inventing the Future
Companies often hire futurologists, only to be disappointed when their prophesies don’t come to pass. Taking a leaf from Apple’s book, Nigel’s creative methods are used to explore what it takes to invent rather than predict the future.
Nigel's work on Creative Leadership gives individuals 'Aha Moments' about the impact of their own style, then moves swiftly from insight to action: inspiring the behaviour in leaders that inspires creative change in their own organizations.
Nigel Barlow is one of the world’s most dynamic business speakers. He focuses on creativity and innovation applied to leadership, business strategy, customers, and the future. Nigel has helped many of the world’s leading organizations on every continent to rethink their lives and businesses. He is adept at working with multi-national groups, and he has worked with an A - Z of the world’s greatest companies.
He was a founding director of the Tom Peters consulting business in Europe and now runs his own international consultancy. Until recently he was an Associate Fellow at the Saïd Business School focusing on Innovative Change. Keynote presentations, strategic offsites, and organizational transformation projects are the basis of his work.
Nigel is an author, an agent provocateur, and business rocker, favouring the after-lunch spot as a suitable challenge to wake people up. He also facilitates creative retreats with top teams, helping them to rethink whatever they are stuck on.
The power principle behind Nigel’s latest book, Business Rocks – Music to Spark Innovation, is that by playing with what's familiar we can innovate, make breakthroughs, and literally invent the future.
Rethink: How to Think Differently (Capstone) draws on Nigel’s experience, successes, and failures. Whether you’re wanting to rethink your life situation, relationships, personal creativity, or a new business idea, Rethink is designed to provoke your creative self into coming up with the answer you already have inside you.
Nigel’s first book was Batteries Included!: Creating Legendary Customer Service (Random House). Successful service brands like Lexus have adopted his theme of becoming legendary for the experience they give their customers; Nigel helped them to win the coveted J D Power Gold Award in the UK. Tom Peters says of Batteries Included, “Nigel Barlow’s book is simple brilliant! Is there anything left to say about superior customer service? The answer is obviously a resounding ‘yes’. This book proves it!”
Nigel lives in Oxford, England, and Heathrow Departures Lounge – the majority of his business is international.