What does the future of leadership look like? What are the qualities and skills needed to excel in the next 10, 20, 30 years? And how do leaders and teams truly set themselves apart today?

These are the sorts of questions Shaun explores in his provocative keynote presentations.

Shaun Kenny’s keynotes add value in three ways:

  • Insight. Taking the audience on a journey where they see something they have never seen before: about themselves, their work or their world.
  • Prescription. Practical actions that the audience trusts will actually make a difference when deployed.
  • Experience. An absorbing, immersive human experience that triggers openness, self-awareness and a motivation to take action.

Keynote #1

The Future of Leadership

The capabilities and qualities needed for leaders to thrive in the next 10, 20, 30 years

In this burgeoning age of artificial intelligence, automation and algorithms, skills that have been highly valued for decades are on the verge of becoming obsolete.

Not just routine, physical jobs, but high-level, cognitive skills long thought to be irreplaceable. We are all at risk of becoming dinosaurs. And so are the organisations we lead.

In order to navigate this uncertain future, forward-thinking organisations, optimistic teams and bold leaders need to change. To grow the capabilities that will set them apart now and in the future.

In this challenging keynote Shaun picks apart the capabilities and qualities that leaders will need to develop to thrive in the next 10, 20, 30 years and makes the case for why not all leaders will be able to make the leap to next generation leadership.

In this keynote Shaun will explore:

  • The 3 major ways the nature of the problems we will face in the future will be different to now
  • The 6 key capabilities that leaders need to develop to thrive in a time of reduced demand for technical skill-sets and more demand for adaptive problem-solving
  • The good news that many of the most highly-prized skills of the coming decades will be those that are most uniquely human (as these will be the most difficult to replace), and the simultaneous bad news that these skills are some of the most difficult to acquire.

The Future of Leadership is an ideal standalone conference keynote or extended experiential session (see The Future of Leadership EXPERIENCE).

Themes: Next Generation Leadership, Future Trends, Adaptive Leadership.

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The Future of Leadership...{EXPERIENCE}

An experiential exploration of the capabilities and qualities needed for leaders to thrive in the next 10, 20, 30 years

In partnership with his People of Influence colleagues, Shaun has developed a powerful, experiential session that combines the key messages of his The Future of Leadership keynote with one of the famous (or infamous!) People of Influence behavioural learning simulations.

A powerful way to move from information to insight and insight to action.

Through this high energy, highly competitive and cognitively demanding business simulation – either the Wall Street or Office Politics simulation – Shaun works with participants to pick apart the capabilities and qualities that leaders will need to develop to thrive in the next 10, 20, 30 years.

The key messages of this session are the same as The Future of Leadership keynote, but the messages emerge from the activity and pack an extra punch as a result.

NB: Timing = 3 hours to a half day rather than the 45-60 minutes for a keynote.

Keynote #2

The Smiling Ox Paradox®

The psychology of why some people are universally admired, respected and influential

Have you ever met a person who seemed to have influence wherever they went and with whomever they met? Someone universally admired and respected, with that special ability to get others to effortlessly follow their lead?
There is something mysteriously irresistible about these individuals that gives them a rare power in our world: an ability to persuade and motivate other individuals, to mobilise teams and to shape organisations.

What if there was a scientific way we could explain their powerful influence? And what if we could translate these insights into practical strategies and tactics? Then we could transform our own ability to become one of these extraordinary people: a person others are compelled to follow.

In this entertaining, dynamic and audience-interactive keynote presentation, Shaun works with the audience to:

  • Reveal the latest social science research into how humans make judgements of other humans and how there are actually 2 key qualities that account for more than 90% of the impressions we make on other people (a startling result!)
  • Discover 10 practical strategies to take control of how we are perceived by customers, clients, colleagues or any other important stakeholders in our lives (yes, even spouses!)
  • Create a personally tailored action plan that can be implemented immediately to become a more compelling leader, a more persuasive professional or a more successful salesperson.

The Smiling Ox Paradox® is the ideal standalone conference keynote. Additionally, an extended half or full day program also includes access to the world-first The Smiling Ox Paradox® psychometric assessment tool.

Themes: Influence, Leadership, Executive Presence, Personal Brand.

Keynote #3

Are you a Behavioural Engineer yet?

Using the science of behavioural economics to engineer behavioural change across teams and organisations

Organisations the world over are trying to transform or evolve their cultures to be more collaborative, innovative, productive, resilient and agile. Essentially, more competitive. This requires behaviour change on a mass scale and yet almost all attempts within organisations to achieve behaviour change fail. Miserably.

In this revelatory keynote Shaun unpacks an innovative and game-changing methodology that will transform how you approach the enterprise of changing behaviour in your organisation. He calls this approach behavioural engineering.

In this keynote Shaun will explore:

  • The 6 major reasons why changing behaviour is so hard
  • The 3 keys to making a behaviour more sticky
  • The power of ‘micro’ and how to backward engineer big organisational or team goals into their constituent micro behaviours so change can be effectively sequenced and ‘success momentum’ achieved
  • How to run behavioural engineering experiments in your own organisations and be a change agent for good.

This work is game changing for all those who grasp its practical implications. Are you a Behavioural Engineer yet? is an ideal standalone conference keynote or extended half or full day program.

Themes: Behaviour Change, Influence, Leadership.