Ben Renshaw: Biography highlights
Ben Renshaw builds purposeful partnerships with leading organisations to develop leadership capability, high performing teams and transform organisational cultures. Ben believes that everyone has a purpose and that to discover and lead with purpose is the greatest opportunity in life.
Full biography of Ben Renshaw
Ben Renshaw’s Background
As a keynote speaker, author and coach Ben Renshaw inspires people to go beyond what they think is possible. As a consultant, he is renowned for getting to the heart of situations and creating the conditions for new solutions to emerge and as an author Ben blends his depth of insight with practical calls to action.
Ben’s innovative work with leading organisations such as BT, Heathrow, Heinz, IHG, Sainsbury’s and Unilever have brought him international acclaim.
Ben has written 8 popular books inspiring people to be the best version of themselves including “Purpose: Why leading with purpose drives your success”, “Lead: Be inspired, inspire others” and “SuperCoaching: The missing ingredient for high performance”.
In Purpose, Ben provides insights on how people can reach new levels of meaning, performance and how to accelerate growth whilst, in Lead he explains how in 50 concise steps you can accelerate leadership development in meaningful ways.
Speaking and presenting
As a keynote speaker, Ben has designed and delivered presentations to major corporate brands including BT – “Agile Business & Balanced Life”, IHG – “Fit for Purpose”, M&S – “The Successful Leader”, Shell International – “Winning Teams” and Zurich – “SuperCoaching”
Ben runs senior leadership development programmes with global organisations designed to build leadership capability to deliver the company strategy. Signature programmes include Agile leadership, Authentic Leadership, Connected Leadership, Leading with Purpose and Leading with Values.
Ben has provided executive coaching programmes for top leaders worldwide focusing on areas including career success, promotions, transitions, leadership development, stakeholder management and high performing teams.
Top Team Coach
Great companies succeed in today’s complex and competitive environment by developing great teams. Team Coaching creates an environment conducive to focusing on vision, priorities and agreeing on ways of working. It enables people to understand the real drivers behind why people do what they do, to align with future opportunities and to deepen relationships to help the team enjoy sustainable success.
Ben has been a spokesperson for many national campaigns on happiness, relationships and wellbeing including Boots, Kodak, P&G, Unilever and Vodafone. He was the relationship expert for C4 award-winning programme Perfect Match. Other television appearances have included Newsnight, BBC News, Richard & Judy, GMTV and the Open University.
Watch Ben in action
Ben communicated the critical importance of work-life balance in a creative and inspirational way. I would recommend his approach to anyone.'
'Ben has played an important role in shaping many of the great leaders we have in the business today. On a personal note, he has supported my leadership journey as CEO and I fully recommend his approach for leaders wanting to maximise their potential.'
'Ben really did work a miracle with his coaching. He is exactly the right type to work with energetic, creative and opinionated leaders. I couldn't recommend him more highly.'
'At Heathrow, we have been transforming the passenger experience through world-class new facilities and collaborative ways of working. Ben has been pivotal in coaching some of our most senior leaders and teams to deliver this change and achieve their potential.'
'Discover the secrets of true happiness from world famous happiness guru Ben Renshaw.'
'Having worked with Ben over the years I wholeheartedly recommend his approach at making purpose accessible to leaders across different sectors and organisations.'
'At My Hotels, we understand that great service should always be organic and from the heart. My partnership with Ben extends over 25-years where he has consistently given great service to his clients inspired by his purpose.'
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc.
'Most leaders claim to value human dignity; far too many discard it quickly when under pressure at work. Ben's work is a call to arms to reinforce humanity in the workplace and follow what matters most.'
IHG Owners Association
'As an Association our purpose is to represent, protect and promote the interest of our global members. A key ingredient is to support our members in being able to fulfil their own purpose. We have been fortunate to partner with Ben over the years who has enabled us to do our best work.'
Global Future CIC
'Companies whose success is founded on creating meaning for their employees, as well as for their customers and stakeholders have an invigorating sense of purpose that goes beyond business success and which makes people feel they are changing society. Ben's work helps leaders define their own sense of meaning.'
Ben's speaking topics
Lead with Purpose
Purpose is where your talent and passion meet This talk inspires leaders to lift up from their complex, fast-paced and uncertain world to help define their ultimate purpose.Most leaders operate on autopilot with a tendency to repeat habits which can undermine the very outcomes they are trying to achieve.It's only when they discover their big why that they can become purpose-led and able to formulate a roadmap to guide them in the direction they want to travel. The talk provides inspiration, insight and practical steps to: - Discover the power of purpose to be an inspired leader - Transform your mindset to be purpose-led - Apply your purpose to nourish your work, life and relationships
Connected leaders build strong and enduring relationships based on high trust to create win/win outcomes Leadership is relationship. Great relationships create great results. The problem is that the majority of leaders place task before investing in building strong connections with others. New research in neuroscience shows that we are wired to connect. We have neural mirrors that respond to the signals we send. Trust can be measured. Alignment can be evidenced. Leaders need to develop strong connections and networks to be successful. The talk provides inspiration, insight and practical steps to: - Develop strong relationships to create enduring followership - Enhance your skill set to influence win/win outcomes - Explore compassion as a way to engage others
Be yourself to engage and inspire Being authentic is the foundation for successful leadership. However, most leaders lack the necessary self-awareness to be who they really are on a consistent basis. As a consequence, leaders might think they are being the best version of themselves, but in reality there is a gap between how they see themselves and how others experience them. This gap is a risk because the primary way to truly engage and inspire others is through building strong emotional connection based on authenticity. The talk provides inspiration, insight and practical steps to: - Shape your personal leadership brand based on purpose, values and strengths - Recognize how you show up as a leader makes a real difference - Form a compelling leadership vision focused on authenticity to accelerate personal development
Agile leaders anticipate and adapt to unpredictable circumstances in ways that benefits everyone We live in disruptive times. AI. Automation. The Gig Economy. To succeed as a leader in this volatile climate it is essential to develop your learning agility which will enable you to navigate this challenging landscape. Agile leadership encourages leaders to seek out new experiences to learn from, thrive on complex problems and perform better because they incorporate new skills into their repertoire. The talk provides inspiration, insight and practical steps to: - Improve ability to lead change and make it stick - Increase learning agility to enable faster and better responses in complex situations - Strengthen a growth mindset to learn from feedback and see challenges as opportunities
Resilient leaders recover from setbacks, adapt well to change, and keep going in the face of adversity The new world of work demands cheaper, better, faster. There is too much to do and not enough time. Resource is scarce and it appears we don't have the capacity to deliver. In this reality leaders need to develop new muscles to have the necessary resilience to bounce back and flourish. Leaders need to become corporate athletes where they build new muscle memory physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually to succeed. The talk provides inspiration, insight and practical steps to: - Increase insight to manage adversity and bounce back quickly - Improve ability to adapt and utilise optimism for unleashing energy and drive - Enhance flexibility to improvise when things are tough, see new opportunities and create new possibilities
Sustainability leaders inspire and support action towards a better world
The responsibility of a leader today is to deliver growth in a sustainable way. This means leaders need to focus on 4 key areas: community, workplace, economy and the environment. Most leaders tend to operate within a limited sphere of influence. The talk challenges leaders to stretch their thinking, knowledge and behaviour to have the right capability to drive sustainable growth in their organisation. It will ignite passion for becoming better leaders to create a better world.
The talk provides inspiration, insight and practical steps to:
- Explore what it means to lead sustainable growth within an organisational context
- Become skilled as an inclusive leader enabling everyone to come to work as themselves and belong
- Be inspired to think big and create a strong and better future
Our purpose is to make a difference to people's lives. We do this by focusing on one coffee, one customer and one store at a time - always trying to be the best at what we do. Ben's work is a great reminder to stay focused on the difference you want to make in people's lives and being the best you can be.Will Stratton-Morris UK CEO Caffe Nero