Wit & Wisdom
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.

Erik Oostwegel, Chairman of the Executive Board, Royal HaskoningDHV

Paul, 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.

Stephen Hall, Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company

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.

Arjan van Oosten, Partner Grant Thornton

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.

Stepan Breedveld, CEO Ordina

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 metafors shared and applying them!

Lizette Sint, Managing Director Rabo Private Equity

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.

– Radboud van Hal, CPO Achmea

In a Swiss watch every cogwheel needs to do what it needs to do. I think that Paul’s contribution was exactly like that. He made it for us—as a contributor to our program—so rewarding and enjoyable to embark on our road trip.

– Willem Jan van der Hoeven, General Manager Imperial Brands Benelux

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.

Marga Donehoo, Director Leadership and Talent Development Royal HaskoningDHV

Working with Paul helped us in opening up the conversation about high-performance behaviors, and also to create a common language in addressing those behaviors within our project management community. This helps us a lot with learning and developing new habits which are the key to success in our projects.

Wouter Visser, Competence Lead Project Management ASML

We have worked with Paul Rulkens since we first met many years ago. I can’t think of a better High Performance expert. He is the person you always want to be part of your program/team. The application of what people learn is extremely high and has a huge impact on their organization and performance. His sessions are based on strategic thinking in a very comprehensible and actionable way. We get the feedback that people still follow his philosophy and methods in order to become more effective, more efficient and have the perfect mindset for growth. I can guarantee the quality of his work because Paul always delivers.

Gijs Verbeek, Executive Director Meeting Professionals International, The Netherlands Chapter

A keynote regarding ‘Strategic Acceleration’ fit perfectly in the programme of our customer event. We listened and learnt, while building a better strategy to take on our challenges and those of our customers..

Kim Boschmans, SKF

Paul has really helped my leadership team in developing new insights and strategies for focus and business development. He is inspiring in content, a great storyteller and also a focussed advisor; not afraid to confront you with his observations and feedback. I have recommended him frequently to my own clients with great impact. Boardroom level!

Raymond Maas, senior consultant AMI consultancy

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.

Marcel Knols, Casinomanager Holland Casino Valkenburg

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 humour he took us on a journey from the razors edge, trimming blades, neurology and more to reach our destiny: high performance.

Jeroen Wegkamp, CPO Dutch Railways

MyDrives MyHabits has invited Paul Rulkens to add an additional layer to the subject of high performance for an international client. This subject perfectly aligned with the presentation skills of Paul: at a high performance level. With a personal and unique presentation style he connected his own ideas and insights with the content objectives of the running MyDrives MyHabits program. On top of that, Paul managed to quickly win over the audience with simple and crystal clear explanations. In other words, the audience was mesmerized the moment Paul started his talk. This is the reason that I strongly recommend Paul to any organization looking for both an inspiring and inspired speaker to widely share knowledge.

Marc Stijfs, founder MyDrives My Habets

“Paul was key note speaker on behalf of our companies at the Brightland Chemelot Campus – Service Boulevard Event 2015 and at the High Tech Campus – BoosIQ Career Event 2015. We knew he would, but can afterwards state that he did a great job. He is a gifted speaker, able to bring inspiring content in an enthusiastic and interactive way. No matter how, he leaves his audience behind, trilled and in a state of need to know more. We look forward to work with him again soon.”

Marcel Dols & Michael Hamers, owners/principal consultants Approba – Head-Starters