Transformation & Leadership Speaker
Intense evolutionary pressures are causing one Fortune 500 company to be replaced every two weeks; whilst the average length of a company’s existence is dropping to just 7 years.
With a Triple First Class science and philosophy degree from Cambridge University—and over 20 years hard-won experience advising exponential unicorns and ambitious blue-chips on the frontlines of disruption—Nick Jankel is a highly sought-after professional speaker whose life’s work is to ensure people have the tools they need to adapt to relentless change and the mindsets they need to successfully transform their organizations and themselves.
As a transformation guru, Nick was selected to host his own global BBC TV series; is regularly interviewed on AI, tech and creativity on international news; and has advised No.10 Downing Street and The White House. At the pinnacle of the industry, Nick is a virtuoso speaker who blows away audiences with cutting-edge neuroscience amplified by sticky ideas, concrete tools, and beautiful materials. He has delivered to rave reviews at LEGO, Google, NHS, M.O.D., Boots, BUPA, Schroders, Diageo, SAP, RBOS, Tesco, Wal-Mart, The European Commission, and Merck to name but a few.
With new research showing that transformational leaders deliver 6x the results of average ones, Nick’s talks help people become transformational so they can cut through the treacle that stops change and blast through the barriers that block innovation. He does this by sharing tools and thinking from Bio-Transformation Theory®, the fruit of 30 years committed effort. A transformational futurist, Nick does not just illuminate what the future may hold— from AI to blockchain to regeneration—but how people must respond to it creatively and confidently.
Nick goes deeper than most to motivate audience members in their hearts as much as minds: he switches on people so they step up and embrace necessary adaptation rather than resist, retreat, and repeat old habits that sabotage success. A genuine thought leader, Nick has talked at world-class universities including Yale, Oxford, SciencesPo, UCL, and London Business School; and his academic paper is in the top 1% of citations. His pioneering ideas on transformation have been featured in The Times, The Financial Times, The Sunday Times, and The Guardian; and he has been invited to share them at the prestigious Aspen Ideas Festival; the tech mecca TOA (Berlin); Wisdom In Business (AMS); The Economist Summit (SF); The Financial Times Futures (LDN); CHRO Summit (LA); and SciFoo (Google HQ). A prolific and talented writer, Nick is the author of a number of influential essays and best-selling books on personal and organizational transformation.
Nick set up his first company, aged just 24, to disrupt the marketing industry and grew it exponentially, without funding, to reach 50 staff working with big brands like Microsoft, Vodafone, Diageo, Unilever, Disney, and Shell on strategic innovation projects key to their future. Here he made his name as the innovation expert behind the creation of the most successful TV show of all time (BBC’s Dancing with Stars) and was named UK Ambassador for Entrepreneurship in recognition.
By age 29, Nick had learnt the hard way that innovation fails if leaders do not have the skills and mindsets needed to transform their enterprises; and if cultures resist and repress change. He doubled-down on Bio-Transformation Theory®, fusing the very latest brain science with profound wisdom and practical psychology in hybrid innovation, leadership, and culture change programs that actually work (for companies like Novartis, Nike, HSBC, and Intel). Committed to systemic transformation as much as personal change, he has led systems change projects with orgs like WWF, Oxfam, FCO, NHS, Rockefeller, and Young Foundations and educated non-profit leaders and social entrepreneurs on 4 continents. Nick is Chief Executive of transformation company Switch On, which blends both purpose and profit; Chairman of pioneering next-gen sustainability constancy FutureMakers; and a Founding Fellow of The Academy of Professional Speakers.
Bio-Transformation Theory® consists of a world-class innovation process for transformational results; an extensive transformational leadership curriculum covering conscious, purposeful, creative, inspirational, collaborative and systemic leadership; 90+ proven and printable transformation tools to drive change across teams; and 40+ brain-based yet wisdom-wired transformation practices that have inspired over 5 million people through TV shows, books, cutting-edge meditations, and more to heal their pain, shift baseline moods, think new thoughts, and break and make habits as fast as humanly possible. If requested, Nick can provide audiences with take-away tools and include experiential exercises that start the change happening today. He customizes every talk to help deliver on your ambitions and is always keen to add value for a win-win-win.
Nick Jankel is a sought-after and highly-accomplished international keynote speaker who has spoken all over the world on transformation, and leadership. His speaking topics include –
Take Charge Of Change: Transformational Leadership In The VUCA World
Rapid change, uncertainty and complexity is driving Industrial-Age companies to fail. What got them here will not get them there. Nick explains how leaders can master themselves so they can turn constant change outside into exponential value – transforming processes, products and people at will.
The Great Transformation: The Future of Our Digital, Disrupted & Damaged World
The future exists in the present – as long as we know how to spot it and leverage it. Nick shows audiences what is coming in The Great Transformation and to find sources of future value in the present.
Leading In VUCA/Uncertainty & Complexity
The world is becoming fundamentally uncertain and frighteningly complex. This lack of knowability hurts our brains in the same place as physical pain. Nick explains how to transcend our wiring to lead powerfully in our bewildering times.
Agility and the 4 Criteria For “Transformational Teams”
Rapid change demands we must all be more agile with our ideas and behaviors. But fear, friction, groupthink and entrenched habits get in the way. Nick explains how leaders can create the conditions for agility, adaptability and pace with the 4 key ingredients for high-performing teams (that are not what you think).
Purposeful Leadership & Business Purpose
How to unleash the creative engines of enterprise with business purpose and leadership purpose to maximize impact and value; why purpose is so powerful and so welcomed by customers and employees; and why purpose costs something otherwise it is just marketing.
Digital Transformation & “The Create & Control” Organization
Digital age technologies and the 4th Industrial Revolution are forcing all organizations to transform inside and embrace distributed creativity and flatter leadership. Yet if orgs are too agile, chaos ensues. Nick explains how to structure teams and orgs for optimal transformation and how to leverage emotions, mindsets and behavior to land digital transformation.
Storytelling & Inspiring Leadership
Inspired employees are 125% more productive than satisfied ones. Nick explains how leaders can use purpose, empowerment, emotive communication, self-mastery and storytelling to inspire others to change, create and collaborate. Nick explains how to ethically use persuasion and storytelling to influence people – whether customers or employees – painting pictures of possibility that inspire hearts, elevate minds and invite immediate changes in action.
Disruptive Innovation & Creative Leadership
Changes in the outside world threaten every organization with irrelevance. Nick shows leaders how to create exponential value out of constant change through safe, controlled and conscious organizational ‘disruption’. Nick shows how to unleash the creative potential of people and prevent the organizational ‘immune system’ from crushing ideas and individuals before transformations are landed.
Collaborative Leadership & Co-Creation
Collaboration can deliver more with less but usually ends up in a fiasco. Nick shows leaders how to build collaborative, cross-functional teams that deliver ambitious projects whilst avoiding conflict. Nick shares how to create the right conditions for collaboration so people contribute and share freely with trust and common purpose.
Resilience & Self-Mastery
Employee overwhelm and stress is crushing the potential of even the greatest companies to do Business-As-Usual let alone be agile, adaptable and creative. Nick explains how employees can master their own biology, time, energy and performance and so build deep resilience which minimizes stress and overwhelm permanently.
The Future of Work
Attracting and retaining the most transformational talent is getting harder. AI and automation threaten to replace 50% of us in the decade. Rampant stress is reducing creativity and empowerment. Nick shows what is possible with the workplace and workforce of the future.
The Future of Business
Digital age tech and the 4th Industrial Revolution are opening up limitless opportunities for exponential value creation. But Industrial-Age thinking about what business is and how it is done is holding companies back.
The Future Of Cities, Health & Education
The Triple Threat of digital technologies, disrupted cultures and increasingly stressed systems are opening up opportunities for transformation in our cities, healthcare and education – with smart, scalable and sustainable solutions. But transformation is being blocked by old thinking and mindsets. Nick shows what is possible to forge the future of cities / health / education.
Nick Jankel virtual keynotes for Post-Pandemic include –
Making Sense of The New Normal
- Sense-making approaches for complexity and complex problem-solving
- What to prepare for in the coming months and years
- The science and wisdom of dealing with chaos and complexity
- Building personal and team stability when the stakes are high
- Helping team members with fear, shock, and anxiety
Deep Resilience For Turbulent & Unstable Times
- Dealing with sustained fear, shock, stress, and overwhelm
- The 4 foundations of basic resilience
- The 4 elements of next-level resilience
- Using company culture & collaboration to drive resilience
Decision-Making In Perpetual Uncertainty (Backgammon Effect)
- Two brain modes that deal with financial risk vs. radical uncertainty
- Decision-making with incomplete data in chaos & complexity
- What we can learn from backgammon about optimizing decisions
- The four sources of information for smart and wise decisions
Transformational Teamwork: Building Team Spirit Remotely
- The science behind team cohesion and interpersonal conflict
- Now is the moment for building Collaboration IQ
- The “Connect before Correct” principle
- Having difficult conversations upwards, downwards & sideways
ReHumanizing Company Culture: Daring To Care
- Offsetting physical distancing with team and cultural cohesion
- Expanding circles of caring to forge a refreshed working alliance
- Building empathy, vulnerability, and warmth in the culture
- Trust as the lubricant for agility and change
Designing Organizations & Teams for Constant Change
- Why the current context requires a different type of business and team organization
- The 5 pillars of future-fitting organizations and teams
- How to design for both stability & agility; productivity & purpose; control & creativity
Rapid Adaptation To Crises: Lead The Change Now
- Understanding the 4 societal crises that will impact us all over next decade
- Crisis as opportunities for adaptation and transformation
- Process & Pivot: The mindset needed to positively engage with crises
- The 6 Questions for Transformational Leadership
Bouncing Forward: Innovating Transformational Models
- The crises we all face require business model & delivery model innovation/ transformation
- The 10 key ingredients of future-forward business models
- Managing the decline of the old business model
- The 7 Step Process for Transformation
Rebuild It Better: The Path To A Truly Regenerative Business
- Global risks and how to engage with them
- The need for regenerative business to prevent catastrophe
- 5 ingredients of a Regenerative Business Model
- Doughnut Economics & Business Purpose
“Inspired us to continue to work on ourselves as leaders and lead the change. The value of the storytelling tool was spot on. Thank you!”
“Nick Jankel uses his unique voice and powerful insights to inspire wonder. As a leadership and transformation guru, his ideas are as relevant to the newest startup as they are to the oldest public company.”
— Former Special Advisor, President Of The United States Barack Obama
"Great talk at ASDA house today, very thought provoking, timely and inspirational. Now reflecting and having a think about how I can get out of my box! It's a long time since a speech held my attention for the full duration - awesome!"