Rene Carayol is one of the world’s leading executive coaches, working with some of the Fortune 500’s and FTSE 100’s top Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and their executive teams.
He speaks with the authority and confidence of the expert and leader who has seen and experienced it all before. René draws much from his own unique experiences as Managing Director at IPC Magazines and serving on a variety of boards including Pepsi, IPC Media and the Inland Revenue.
Rene Carayol has acquired a reputation for providing first-hand advice and support for a series of successful CEOs in the Fortune 500, FTSE 100 and all around the world. Many may claim to have worked at the ‘sharp end’ with CEOs, but in actual fact very few have. He has worked closely with Jim Yong Kim (President, The World Bank), Antony Jenkins (CEO, Barclays Bank), Mario Greco (CEO, Generali) and Maria Ramos (CEO, Absa Bank). Hardly any can match his sustained track record of success.
The CEO is the most important and most challenging job in the business. On day one, it is all brand new to the incumbent, and there is no one around to show them what needs to be done. It is the role that rarely has an appropriate job description and even rarer is there any form of handover. It is, without a doubt, the toughest job in the world but with the right team around them everyone flourishes.
As the world of work faces a period of transformation, driven by the increase in racial and social awareness, our CEOs and our businesses have to meet the demands of a new generation that places Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) at their hearts. Recently we have seen an increase in interest for Rene Carayol to address both ‘Leading Through a Crisis’ and cultural transformation brought by the Black Lives Matter movement. This provides leadership teams with straightforward, compelling advice and guidance to inspire change and improve their own corporate culture.
From sitting in the boardrooms to coaching world leaders, René’s extensive experience in business has provided him with case studies and stories from the frontline. There are exciting adventures, emotional anecdotes, and enough C-suite drama to excite any audience. René delivers learning wrapped up as unforgettable stories told by a master storyteller. You will want to hear them again and again.
René specialises in delivering performances that show precisely how contemporary leaders can electrify a crowd through a passionate and authentic connection. He demonstrates just how captivating an emotionally intelligent approach can be. He is never about theory – it is all about actions and behaviours that we can adopt that will make us more powerful when we come together. Everyone remembers how his sessions made them feel. René is an accomplished visiting professor at Cass Business School. His critically acclaimed latest book, ‘Spike – What are you great at?’, enables all of us to unleash our inherent strengths and realise our true potential. As René says, “If you accept your limitations, you go beyond them”.
“That was such a fantastic talk – one of the best I have ever attended. I can’t wait to continue talking and to be able to do that face to face. You’ve lifted our spirits with an impact that will last way beyond today.”
Polly Cochrane, Country Manager, WarnerMedia UK & Ireland
“A short note to say THANK YOU for a great session this morning. Your passion and energy for the topic really shone through and your authenticity through the story telling really added to the whole experience.”
Director, People Development & Diversity Group HR / Executive HR, E:ON
“Amazing is all I can say, thank you so much!! We have received bucket loads of comments stating how amazing you were. Truly tremendous and exceptional.”
Marisa Fourie, Business and Investment, Solutions, Glacier
“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”
Sean McGrath, Vice President of HR, The World Bank
“It was emotional and life changing discussion for us all and it was an honour to meet Rene! … This is just the beginning.”
Lillie Harris– Global Specialist Lead, EMEA Microsoft Azure
“A very insightful delivery that is life transforming. You cannot remain the same after being exposed to these concepts that René talks about. A true leader himself, René shares time tested values and principles that delivers results. I have been impacted for life!”
Bethel Yeboah - Public Affairs and Communications Manager, Coca-Cola
“The power, the energy, the esprit you bring to the people is extraordinary and fantastic!”
Petra Reinold - Human Resources, Voestalpine AG
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