Nigel Barlow

  • Leading Authority on Innovation, Creativity and Leadership

Nigel Barlow is an internationally renowned inspirational business speaker, facilitator, coach and consultant. The core of his work is Innovative Thinking applied to the biggest challenges facing you, your team and your company.

Nigel is the author of several books on creativity and the originator of Garage ThinkingTM. He has been described by clients as an agent provocateur and business rocker; he’s skilled at shaking up fixed mindsets to open new possibilities for his clients around the globe.


 

 

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A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Nigel Barlow
  • Project Management Institute
  • Lexus GB
  • BMS Pharmaceuticals
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Nordea Finance
  • CIGNA Health International
  • ICA
  • Karlof Kommunikation for Vattenfall AB
  • Grey International Advertising Agency
  • Microsoft
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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?  Key topics incl ...

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? 

Key topics include:

  • Disruption, innovation and transformation
  • Challenging industry assumptions
  • The customer’s big three: Convenience, Value and Trust
  • Mental tools for disruption
  • Innovation without limits
  • Creating a ‘garage space’ for disruption
  • On disrupting yourself

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!

Practical Innovation

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 innovati ...

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. ...

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. ...

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.

Creative Leadership

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'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.

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Biography

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.