Paul Rulkens – Keynote Speaker

The High Performance Mastermind

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Specialist Subjects

  • How successful engineers become great business leaders
  • The Psychology of Innovation – How to innovate when you’re already on top of your game
  • Secrets of Strategic Quitting - How to Thrive in Turbulent Times
  • Leaving the Field Behind – How the best get better
  • The Lean Mean Execution Machine – Why you don’t have to be ill to get better


  • English


Paul Rulkens is a global keynote speaker, doing over 20 keynotes per year. He has spoken in 12 countries, on three continents, often to global corporate audiences of 500 people or more. His clients have included companies such as McKinsey, KPMG, Siemens, DSM, Novartis, UBER, SHELL, ASML, DuPont, Exxon Mobil, Johnson & Johnson, and Bosch.

Paul Rulkens is an expert in strategic high performance. His most requested speaking topics cover the secrets of consistent execution, fast innovation, effective leadership, growth focus, and seamless teamwork. His popular TED talks have been watched by more than six million people.

Originally trained as a chemical engineer and with more than 20 years of experience in various corporate leadership roles, Paul’s work is based on deep knowledge and extensive experience in the practical business applications of behavioral psychology, neuroscience and, especially, common sense. His two business books – The Power of Preeminence and How Successful Engineers Become Great Business Leaders – are used frequently by others at professional training and development sessions all over the world.

Rulkens’ solid background as a scientist and corporate executive, combined with his training as a stand-up comedian, make his keynotes both substantive and hilarious.

Popular Talks by Paul Rulkens

How successful engineers become great business leaders

How can you accelerate your business career as an executive, manager, or professional with an engineering background? The road to business success for leaders with engineering backgrounds is common and predictable, but not always obvious: There is a method to the madness.

This talk is full of thought-provoking insights, practical ideas, and pragmatic techniques to help you get everything you can out of everything you have by specifically applying your specific engineering strengths.

Main takeaways:

  • How to take control of your leadership career and achieve ambitious business goals
  • How to be more effective as a leader with an engineering background by avoiding behaviors that mask your strengths
  • How to improve your own executive judgment and decision making

The Psychology of Innovation – How to innovate when you’re already on top of your game

One of the biggest business myths is that innovation is expensive, takes a lot of time, and involves huge risks. What if most successful innovations are actually cheap, fast, and almost risk free? In this popular talk, Paul will discuss an intriguing, practical, and proven approach to make high performance innovation accessible for everyone. Application of these ideas will give you the opportunity to take control of reinventing yourself, and stand apart in the market place like a tall giraffe, surrounded by tiny field mice.

Main takeaways:

  • How to quickly and cheaply innovate to outsmart your competition
  • How to build a high-performance innovation culture
  • How to create a bias in your organization for taking massive action on good ideas

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