push back forward

Using the best from the past to catapult into an unknown future.

How do you know what to do next in a chaotic and uncertain world? Firing random shots can be a complete waste of time and not to mention expensive, and jumping onto the next trendy bandwagon can be fatal. So, how does one chart a course in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world?

Often to move forward one must first push back. Similar to the motion of a swing in a playground where backwards motion is applied to create forward momentum, in a hyper future focused world one of our best strategies is reflecting on our past lived experience.

This process, PUSH BACK FORWARD draws inspiration from the Examen, a 500 year old Jesuit practice that has served millions of people and businesses over centuries.

The intuitive process works to identify the life giving patterns admits the chaos both in your business and in your personal life. It then allows you to seperate life giving from the life draining and dying patterns giving you are your team the ability to lean into growth.

At the end of this session your team will walk away with a 5 step process that will allow you to start spotting healthy patterns amidst the chaos and complexity.

PUSH BACK FORWARD is available as keynote, a half day masterclass during which we will take you step by step through the process, or an intensive full day workshop.

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Villains, Heroes, and Victories

Using the power of storytelling to grow and lead your organisation

Once upon a time… See, I already have your attention. Our brains are hardwired for stories. Telling stories is how we make sense of the world and embed our lives with meaning.

One of the biggest reasons that major shifts in nations, history, and in business occurred is because someone told a better story. A story that excited, motivated, and mobilized people. Think of Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’, or Nelson Mandela’s ‘Never and never again’, or even Steve Jobs’ ‘Think different.’ All these movements were carried by story. They showed people a glimpse of what the world can be and gave them a new vision.

It is any leader’s first task to define a new reality and that can only be done with great storytelling. Storytelling is a sure-fire way to explain an abstract concept and simplify something complex.

People don’t buy bullet points, they buy stories. Which is why you need to be wrapping your products in narratives and not in spec sheets.

In this keynote,

Pierre, a master storyteller, will open your team’s mind to the power of storytelling.

Your team will learn the five parts of the StoryMap which they can use to harness the time-tested power of storytelling to increase sales and grow your business.

They will learn not only how to tell your brand’s story, but more importantly how to place your customer as the hero so your brand can enter their story.


StoryTelling for teams

(only for the brave)

Have you ever been misunderstood? This happens more often than you think, even people in close long-term relationships only understand one another’s motivation 5% of the time.

It makes sense then that the confusion and misunderstandings among colleagues and across social and cultural boundaries are exponentially more.

The answer to clear up the confusion, is STORYTELLING.

When we tell stories, especially our life stories, we instantly create a bond and we understand immediately where the other person is coming from and why they do what they do.

What is the process?

What we have created is a system that draws from Native American conflict resolution practices combined with the ancient art of StoryTelling to get your team on the same page.

We create a safe space where stories can be shared, and future misunderstandings minimised.

Each participant gets to share their story in as much or little detailed as they want.

We also teach the group the principles of creating safe spaces to resolves future misunderstandings.

If you are interested in hosting a StoryTelling session at your organisation, click on the button below:


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 and Masterclass gives leaders a new lens for thinking about where innovation originates. They will walk away with practical randomization practices they can build into their lives and their businesses.


Monsters, Heroes, and Kings.

LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM ARCHETYPES, MYTHS, & LEGENDS

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

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.


The Art of Discernment

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

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"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 tool kits, 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.

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.

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, and artisans.

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

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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


the innovation torrent.

innovations that matter

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.  Not just the cool and the interesting, innovation that matters. Innovation that is changing the way we live our lives for the better.

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.


Ora et Labora

how to build a conscious life and business

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Only one in five people are actively engaged and happy at work, three are apathetic and the fifth is actively trying to damage the company they work for.

The new workforce is demanding more than just a paycheck. They want meaning. They want to work for a place that does meaningful work and is engaged in making the world a better place.

Move fast and break things, Zuckerberg's famous motto is now a thing of the past. Customers are demanding virtuous, responsible organisations that are not only for profit, but also for good.

 How we build meaning into business is the question every leader should be asking. How do we create live consciously, and create conscious businesses?

CEO's across the globe, like Jeff Weiner from LinkedIN with his focus on compassionate leadership and Satya Nadella that rebooted Microsoft on to run on empathy. These and others have discovered the power and need for building conscious businesses by infusing spiritual practices, principles and values, like compassion and empathy into the core of their multi billion dollar businesses in order to create impactful organisations and meaningful workplaces.

Spiritual principles dig into the core of who we are as human beings. Principles such as compassion, kindness, and recognising each other as valuable and unique function as powerful cultural drivers in a business.

'Ora et Labora', Latin for prayer and work has been the secret of multi million dollar businesses run from Monasteries. "The counterintuitive secret that the monks and the world’s greatest salespeople have discovered is that the more successfully we forget our selfish motivations, the more successful we become.” August Turak

In this keynote, Pierre explores spirituality and work and what focusing on more than just profit can add into a business and into the lives of the people that work there. He presents universal spiritual principles and practices that can give any business and each one who works something to be, something to want, and something to do.

Pierre captivated the group with an insightful look at spirituality and work. He took a difficult topic and delivered in a way that reached and inspired each person in different way. Members of my team, from all walks of life, took something away from this presentation and we all enjoyed Pierre’s genuine talent for presentation and storytelling
— ADRIAN GOSLETT, CEO RE/MAX OF SOUTHERN AFRICA