Keynotes & Master Classes


In Praise of Shadows

Keynote & Masterclass on HOW UNCERTAINTY FUELS CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION.

Treasure is never found out in the open, treasure is found in the dark. Innovation, creativity, adventure, and life is found in the sacred mess of mystery, chaos, and uncertainty. The soul needs its secrets, and it is in these where true creativity originates. 

This message deconstructs our addiction to facts and draws all the way from Japanese aesthetics to Oscar Wilde to speak on the necessity of uncertainty, the gift of chaos, and the source of true innovation.

  • This keynote gives leaders a new lens for thinking about where innovation originates.

  • They will walk away with practical randomisation practices they can build into their lives and their businesses.

  • Available as a keynote and a 120min interactive Masterclass

 

A completely new angle on leadership, immediately applicable in our teams
— SAREL VAN ZYL, CEO FNB NAMIBIA
 

Monsters, Heroes, and Kings.

LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM ARCHETYPES, MYTHS, & LEGENDS

There are at least 4 near universal stages in life and subsequently in our careers as leaders. There is the Child, the Hero, the King, and the Elder and each stage has a set of invitations, and also has a turning point, a literal crisis that each leader needs to face. 

In this keynote and masterclass Pierre focuses on two of those stages in leadership, the hero and the king. How does the brazen, all conquering hero defeat the ultimate monster and how does that same hero become a worthy King or Queen?

A demanding keynote teeming with leadership lessons and challenges from ancient myths, legends, and archetypes.

  • This talk gives leaders a dashboard to gage where they are in their lives and careers and more importantly what that stage is inviting them into.

  • They will have a better grasp on what they are to do in their current position.

  • This keynote gives a map, a way out of confusion with practical steps for leaders to take.

  • They will leave with a worksheet of time tested tools and frameworks to not only engage their current stage, but also to overcome the crisis points.


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The Art of Discernment

A Keynote & MASterclass on CRAFTING A VIRTUOUS STRATEGY IN A VUCA WORLD.

"Move fast and break things" is a motto that is outdated and increasingly indefensible. More and more consumers are demanding that organisations are responsible, authentic, and in fact, virtuous.
How does one design a virtuous strategy in a VUCA, Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous, world?In this keynote and masterclass Pierre pulls from ancient decision making techniques and philosophies to help businesses chart a better course in a VUCA world.

  • After this talk your leaders will be better equipped with anchors and practical toolkits, some centuries old, that will greatly assist to bring clarity and help to make more confident decisions.

  • They will be able to design a strategy that is authentic and responsible even in times of great upheaval and chaos.

  • After the masterclass they will leave with a worksheet filled with practice and reflections to guide their path as leaders.


 

“Pierre looks at the world with infinite curiosity and an open mind. He has a knack of pinpointing a trend on the rise. ”

/ dion Chang /

 

PROSTITUTES, THE ANDES, AND JAPANESE SWORD MAKERS.

A KEYNOTE ON THE IMPORTANCE OF MENTORSHIP, FRIENDSHIPS, AND STRANGERS.

We live in a world obsessed with the 'I' so much so that we cannot even spell WII without two I's. We need to re-connect to run sustainable businesses where knowledge is not hoarded but shared, we need to re-kindle friendships to simply be healthier human beings.

In this talk, featured at TEDx Soweto, Pierre offers a new framework to guide us to form 4 types of relationship necessary for us to move forward as companies, and simply just as human beings.

We are not born as individuals, we were born as part of a community, a tribe, a nation. Each of us carry a scar with us on our stomach's that tells of our connection, once, to the rest of humanity.

 

"Fresh, thought provoking, and captivating"

/Jacques Fouche - Director | Southern African Association for the Conference Industry/


Chaos is a gift

DEALING WITH VOLATILE, UNCERTAIN, AMBIGUOUS, COMPLEX TIMES AND DISCOVERING THE BIGGEST MISSED OPPORTUNITY IN INNOVATION.

It’s no secret that chaos is near certainty in just about every aspect of our lives and even more so in business. Everything from changing weather patterns to Artificial Intelligence is disrupting our day to day.

Mere living, and not to mention doing business, now takes a level of awareness and ability to handle ambiguity and complexity that has never been required before.

Change is the only constant.

The irony is this, that is only in times of chaos, in times of great upheaval, great disruption, that true change is possible. It is only in the liminal spaces, the twilight zones, the cracks that positive change can happen. It is only during these times that true innovation happens. Never let a disaster go to waste, Obama’s advisor told him during his ’08 campaign, a disaster allows us to do things that couldn’t be done before.

After this talk your audience will leave with a new paradigm for not only surviving chaos, but thriving in it.

 

WALKING, 
HANDWRITTEN NOTES,
& ARTISANS

WHY BEING UNAMBIGUOUSLY ANALOGUE IS YOUR BEST OPTION IN A DESPERATELY DIGITAL WORLD.

Seems like everywhere you go everything is going digital, as if going digital is the salvation of every business everywhere. Since when does innovative mean digital only, and since when did disruption only mean ‘let’s make an app’.

A friend of mine, Len Sweet, always says the more high-tech the world becomes the more high-touch we need to be. Technology is a great stimulator of innovation, true, but it can also be a great isolator. In an increasingly AI (artificial intelligence) filled world, we will need human interaction more than ever.

What is the human touch? What will it look like for a business to be built on tactile, human experiences. What does it mean to be human in a digital world?

There are gifts that simple high touch practices like walking, handwritten notes, and handmade can bring. Not only giving us (back?), our humanity but giving new ways to innovate, new or old pathways to explore, practices from the past that will catapult us into the future

 
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THE INNOVATION TORRENT.

A CONTINUALLY UPDATED TALK PACKED WITH THE LATEST INNOVATIONS

Innovation is everything.
Either innovate or get left behind, bottom line.
This presentation is a rushing, violent, and abundant, unceasing stream of innovations. It is freshly curated every time it is presented in order to show you the latest innovations and trends from across Africa and the world, across multiple disciplines.  
It shows innovation in consumer behaviour, design, work, retail, food, entertainment, art, and of course tech and UX just to mention a few.
Inspiration can come from anywhere, and usually not from where we expect it. Your industry might be finance for example, but the hottest food trend might just be the thing to spark the fire.