How to raise the bar
We organised a portfolio event for a diverse group of leaders who are investors in the companies they lead and in which we also invest. One of our goals was to create an environment whereby each participant would feel connected to a larger and supporting platform and to create an environment in which he/she would feel comfortable to network and feel stimulated to find common ground with others. Another goal was to create a common language around a shared experience with the aim to further intensify the relationship between Rabo Private Equity and the management teams/shareholders we work with. The audience was energised by Paul’s key note address on Strategic Acceleration, and by how it was delivered by Paul. He held up many mirrors to the audience allowing everyone to be touched personally. Our portfolio event was a huge success with many participants weeks later continuing to refer to the metaphors shared and applying them!
Paul was key note speaker at the Erenstein conference for Dutch CPOs. During this conference we discussed the impact of global and local scale transitions on the economy, our companies and our functions. In his interaction with the group Paul made us see how our leadership could have a huge positive impact by simply improving 1% per day. Razor sharp, to the point and with a fair dose of humor he took us on a journey from the razors edge, trimming blades, neurology and more to reach our destiny: high performance.”
Inspiring our stake holders is a constant challenge which needs excellent audience orientated communication and story telling skills. If you can bring our message in an inspiring and attractive way to a divers stake holders platform you must be a true professional. Paul has proven to us to be such a professional. The whole meeting room was carefully listening to him when he told his story, which was our message. People were enthusiastic, motivated, talked about it and it affected the support for our organization in an impressive way.
Every two years, Dutch purchasing directors gather in the so called Erenstein conference. The objective of the conference is to have more questions than answers. A conference without consultants and sales people. Paul has introduced us to the world of High Performance, the inner workings of our lizard brain, the Valley of Death and other odd behavior. In a tempered way he hits a nerve and makes the room roaring with laughter. Impressive, clever, educational and entertaining.
Paul’s contribution to the Ordina Open Innovation Days was insightful, constructive and even provocative. The combination of powerful insights into human behaviour and humor gave the audience food for thought and created lively discussions. Paul’s presentation was fun and created a lot of energy as he connects and interacts well with the audience.
Paul has a very clear and down-to-earth approach how to accelerate high performance organisations. His undoubtable scientific knowledge combined with his typical sense of humour, will give you a clear and practical view on how you can simply make a difference the very next day. He will boost you with positive ideas and will leave you with a friendly smile.
Paul’s Key Note talk – Strategic Acceleration, which he made at our international leadership conference, was a resounding success. He brought excellent insights in a way that resonated – people could relate and apply. We laughed, learned and referred to Paul throughout that evening and the next day. Truly food for thought…and action.
Paul’s key note address at our international management conference was a resounding success. We had asked him to give the group something to think and talk about during the conference. Weeks later, we are still hearing references to his talk on Strategic Acceleration. Worthwhile points, delivered in an entertaining and memorable way, have staying power.
I wanted to thank you for coming to join us in Barcelona last week and for your excellent keynote speech. Your topic of innovation was positioned exactly right in the context of our overall agenda priorities. And your anecdotes and humour were just terrific.