René’s focus is on inspirational leadership and high performing cultures, bound together with his compellinh ‘SPIKE’ philosophy founded on his own board level experience.
He is one of the world’s leading business speakers and executive coach, working with some of the Fortune 500’s top CEO’s and their executive teams, but he has also actually been Chairman, CEO and MD of blue chip businesses. He speaks with the authority and confidence of the expert practitioner who has seen and experienced it all before.
René draws much from his own unique experiences on the boards of some of the biggest international organisations; from Marks and Spencer and Pepsi, to IPC Media and the Inland Revenue.
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.
René’s way of working is to start by understanding the environment, challenges and terrain of the role. By getting ‘under the skin’ of the leader (and understanding fully their vision and route map) René then works with their top team to help deliver the vision, strategy and culture in a cohesive 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 Sir Richard Branson.
His latest book, SPIKE, is leading the ‘Strengths based Revolution’.
Specialist Area Details
Leadership, Business Transformation, Collaboration, Corporate Culture, Talent and HR, Innovation and Creativity
Business Speaker to clients such as: Google, Burberry, Intel, IKEA, American Express, DP World, Bayer Health Care, Sanofi, Merck Group, Barclays, HSBC, De Beers, Goldman Sachs
Executive Coach and Advisor to World Leaders:
KARL-LUDWIG KLEY – MERCK
MARTIN SENN – ZURICH
JOHN VARLEY – BARCLAYS BANK
JIM YONG KIM – THE WORLD BANK
ANTONY JENKINS – BARCLAYS BANK
MARIO GRECO – GENERALI
ROSS MCEWAN – ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND
PHILIPPE MASO – AXA U.K.
NEVILLE ISDELL – COCA-COLA
TONY BLAIR – PRIME MINISTER, U.K.
AKINWUMI ADESINA – AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
CRAIG BARRETT – INTEL
COLIN POWELL – SECRETARY OF STATE, U.S.
IAN LIVINGSTON – BT
DAVID CAMERON – PRIME MINISTER, U.K.
NOMKHITA NQWENI – ABSA
Author: Best selling books Corporate Voodoo, My Voodoo and Spike
Contact: Yana Maksimochkina
Phone: 07412 477797
René has made a significant and tangible difference to how we build and align our top teams, and pushed us to lead a lot more and manage a little less. In the two years he worked with the President and his direct reports, they have been totally transformed.
René has been my personal executive coach and has worked closely with my direct reports over the past two years – he has pushed us to transform ourselves into a high performing team.
We were recommended René by Jim Yong Kim (President of The World Bank) to help my recently assembled Senior Management Team to accelerate our alignment and become far more performance driven. Suffice to say that we have him on a two year retainer to work with both myself, my team and or Board of Directors.