Thought leader, leadership futurist, transformation catalyst and award-winning author
Nick Jankel is a sought-after professional and international keynote speaker who inspires, motivates, and empowers audiences all over the world to forge the future —rather than fail it. He aims to eliminate the confusions of our times as a futurist with clarity; take the pain out of necessary business/digital/sustainable transformation; blast through the barriers that block innovation and change; and transform the challenges of cross-functional teams by galvanizing creativity, safety, agility, and action.
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Nick Jankel's 2022 biography
All about Nick Jankel
Nick has led over 100 transformational innovation programs for enterprises like Diageo, Novartis, Vodafone, Tesco, and Microsoft leveraging his own and proven Exponential & Sustainable™ process, including the innovation of the most successful TV in history; and has educated over 100,000 leaders—from orgs like Nike, Intel, Zalando, Unilever, HSBC, NHS, LEGO, and Google harnessing his comprehensive Cell to System™ curriculum for transformational leadership.
Nick has a Triple First (summa cum laude) in Medicine and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge and has taught at Yale, LBS, and Oxford. He was selected as a UK Ambassador for Entrepreneurship and as a transformational coach on his own global BBC TV show. He has advised No.10 Downing Street and other governments; has spoken in the House of Commons, and is the co-founder of transformation consultancy Switch On and fast-growing sustainability practice, FutureMakers.
As a genuine thought leader and polymath, Nick’s life’s work has been to unfold BioTransformation Theory & Practice®, a rigorous brain-based system how unlocking transformation in individuals, teams, organizations, and systems as fast as humanly possible. BTTP® is woven together from the latest neuroscience, complexity theory, and psychological research reunited with wisdom from the great traditions. As well as leveraging BTTP in all his world-class innovation and leadership work, has used this methodology to run systemic change programs for orgs like Oxfam and WWF—and to teach social entrepreneurs on 4 continents.
In his keynotes, Nick aims to eliminate confusion as a futurist with clarity; take the pain out of business/digital/sustainable transformation; blast through the barriers that block innovation; and transform the challenges of cross-functional teams by unlocking agility and safety. As a trained scientist, Nick uses the latest biology and “neuroleadership” insights to influence audiences to change and transform. This allows him to fully engage sophisticated and “seen-it-all” before executives and persuade highly intelligent professionals such as engineers, educators, clinicians, scientists, technologists, lawyers, and accountants.
Nick brings to life his big thinking using brain science, sticky ideas, compelling narratives, paradigm-shifting insights, beautiful imagery, takeaway transformation tools, and his powerful presence on stage (virtual or in-person). Nick’s ideas help people cut through treacle, fear, overwhelm, and apathy; engage hearts and minds to transform individuals, teams, and systems; and seize unprecedented opportunities for world-changing innovations before others see them.
Nick is regularly interviewed on tech and innovation on international news; has been featured in the Financial Times, The Times, The Economist and over 100 podcasts; and helped innovate the most successful TV show of all time. He is the author of a number of well-reviewed books on creativity, leadership and transformation, including Now Lead The Change: Repurpose Your Career, Future-Proof Your Organization, and Regenerate Our Crisis-Hit World By Mastering Transformational Leadership (2020).
Here are some cutting-edge speaker quotes from Nick Jankel.
“The Future of Work is tantamount to future of humanity. The workplace is the battle-ground for diametrically opposing visions of our collective potential and our right to purpose, dignity, and belonging.” – keynotes on The Future of Work
“Transformational teamwork comes when a group of purposeful people are poised between control and creativity; between accountability and trust; between brilliance and belonging.” – keynotes on Transformational teams
“Forget you being the boss. Purpose should be the boss. It’s the only way to hack the short-term thinking and petty self-interest that diminishes our potential as leaders and organizations.” – keynotes on Purpose
“Forget being the smartest person in the room. Truly transformational leaders know they must be the wisest – and support those smarter and more knowledgeable forge the future of their industry.” – keynotes on Leadership and Storytelling
“Every organization and every leader can learn to metabolize their greatest threats into game-changing innovations that regenerate our crisis-hit world.” – keynotes on Innovation
“Futurism should never be about what tech or fad is hot. Futurism must be about how make sense of fiendish complexity and make decisions that bring you one step closer to your vision.” – keynotes on Futurism
Articles and podcasts
Nick Jankel's 2022 talks & topics
Future-Proof Your Org With Transformational Innovation
- Covid and the climate crisis are accelerators of massive market disruption
- We can leverage new technologies to solve emerging customer needs/pain with insight and creativity
- Transformational Innovation can help you adapt to this crisis and ‘preadapt’ to the next
- The 7 steps of our proven pathway to lead and land transformational innovations
- Process is not enough—you also need to nurture a culture of innovation
Takeaway Tool Options: The Innovation Culture Engine, The Experimentation Engine, The Problem Definition Engine etc
Take Charge Of Change: Transformational Leadership In The VUCA World
Rapid change, uncertainty and complexity is driving Industrial-Age companies to fail. What got them here will not get them there. Nick explains how leaders can master themselves so they can turn constant change outside into exponential value – transforming processes, products and people at will.
Agility and the 4 Criteria For “Transformational Teams”
Rapid change demands we must all be more agile with our ideas and behaviors. But fear, friction, groupthink and entrenched habits get in the way. Nick explains how leaders can create the conditions for agility, adaptability and pace with the 4 key ingredients for high-performing teams (that are not what you think).
Storytelling and Inspiring Leadership
Inspired employees are 125% more productive than satisfied ones. Nick explains how leaders can use purpose, empowerment, emotive communication, self-mastery and storytelling to inspire others to change, create and collaborate. Nick explains how to ethically use persuasion and storytelling to influence people – whether customers or employees – painting pictures of possibility that inspire hearts, elevate minds and invite immediate changes in action.
The Future of Work
Attracting and retaining the most transformational talent is getting harder. AI and automation threaten to replace 50% of us in the decade. Rampant stress is reducing creativity and empowerment. Nick shows what is possible with the workplace and workforce of the future.
The Future Of Cities, Health and Education
The Triple Threat of digital technologies, disrupted cultures and increasingly stressed systems are opening up opportunities for transformation in our cities, healthcare and education – with smart, scalable and sustainable solutions. But transformation is being blocked by old thinking and mindsets. Nick shows what is possible to forge the future of cities / health / education.
Now Lead the Change: Rapid Adaptation To Crises
- The 3D Futures Framework™: Understanding complexity and embracing uncertainty
- Making sense of Covid-19 and the emerging future
- Crises are always opportunities to metabolize change with rapid adaptation
- The 6 steps for leading adaptive transformation in times of change and chaos
- The mindset needed to lead the change needed
Build Back Bolder: Future-Proofing Your Org With Transformational Innovation
- Covid and the climate crisis are accelerators of market disruption
- Exponential 4th Industrial Revolution technologies are also hitting the market as customers change their needs and desires massively
- The pathway of Transformational Innovation to harness tech to solve emerging problems that matter
- Building a culture of Transformational Innovation
Next-Gen Sustainability and Regenerative Business/Brands
The 4 major crises of the Anthropocene Age
- How Covid-19 reveals and accelerates them
- Gen Z & Millennials want meaningful change
- The role of Next-Gen Sustainability Professionals
- The criteria of Regenerative Businesses/Brands
- The ingredients of future-forward Regenerative Business Models
The Great Transformation: The Future of Our Digital, Disrupted and Damaged World
The future exists in the present – as long as we know how to spot it and leverage it. Nick shows audiences what is coming in The Great Transformation and to find sources of future value in the present.
Purposeful Leadership and Business Purpose
How to unleash the creative engines of enterprise with business purpose and leadership purpose to maximize impact and value; why purpose is so powerful and so welcomed by customers and employees; and why purpose costs something otherwise it is just marketing.
Disruptive Innovation and Creative Leadership
Changes in the outside world threaten every organization with irrelevance. Nick shows leaders how to create exponential value out of constant change through safe, controlled and conscious organizational ‘disruption’. Nick shows how to unleash the creative potential of people and prevent the organizational ‘immune system’ from crushing ideas and individuals before transformations are landed.
Collaborative Leadership and Co-Creation
Collaboration can deliver more with less but usually ends up in a fiasco. Nick shows leaders how to build collaborative, cross-functional teams that deliver ambitious projects whilst avoiding conflict. Nick shares how to create the right conditions for collaboration so people contribute and share freely with trust and common purpose.
The Future of Business
Digital age tech and the 4th Industrial Revolution are opening up limitless opportunities for exponential value creation. But Industrial-Age thinking about what business is and how it is done is holding companies back.
Transformational Tech: Exponential Digital Tech For Good
- The spectrum of digital technologies and what they can do for users
- How to avoid technology that controls, alienates, and exploits
- Where technology can scale purpose and impact as well as profit and value
Transformational Wisdom For Turbulent Times
- Loneliness, home-working, depression, and addiction are rising due to Covid-19
- Transformational wisdom helps process and cope with sustained stress
- How to support customers and colleagues who are struggling and suffering
- Key tips to help staff and clients feel seen, safe, soothed, and secure
- The 8 elements of wise and grounded resilience
ReHumanizing Companies/Designing For Stability and Agility
- Offsetting physical distancing with team cohesion
- Expanding circles of caring to forge a renewed working alliance
- Building empathy, vulnerability, and warmth in the culture
- Trust as the lubricant for agility and change
- How to design for both stability & agility; productivity & purpose; control & creativity
Leading In VUCA/Uncertainty and Complexity
The world is becoming fundamentally uncertain and frighteningly complex. This lack of knowability hurts our brains in the same place as physical pain. Nick explains how to transcend our wiring to lead powerfully in our bewildering times.
Digital Transformation & “The Create and Control" Organization
Digital age technologies and the 4th Industrial Revolution are forcing all organizations to transform inside and embrace distributed creativity and flatter leadership. Yet if orgs are too agile, chaos ensues. Nick explains how to structure teams and orgs for optimal transformation and how to leverage emotions, mindsets and behavior to land digital transformation.
Resilience and Self-Mastery
Employee overwhelm and stress is crushing the potential of even the greatest companies to do Business-As-Usual let alone be agile, adaptable and creative. Nick explains how employees can master their own biology, time, energy and performance and so build deep resilience which minimizes stress and overwhelm permanently.
Creative Leadership and Transformation
Changes in the outside world threaten every organisation with irrelevance. Nick shows leaders how to create value out of change through safe, controlled and conscious organisational ‘self-disruption’. Nick shows how to unleash the creative potential of people and prevent the organisational ‘immune system’ from crushing ideas and individuals before transformations are landed.
Forging The Future of a Digital, Disrupted and Damaged World
The future exists in the present – as long as we know how to spot it and leverage it. Nick shows audiences how to use futuring tools to find where value lies in the future, so we can lead transformations in our systems that deliver exponential value in the present.
Transformational Sense-Making and The New Normal
- How to make sense of why Covid-19 pandemic occurred; and embracing all emerging complexity
- Everyday hacks and practices for embodied wisdom and insightful action
- The 4 forms of guidance for great decision-making
How To Be A Transformer: Agents Of Systemic Change
- Today’s complex problems can only be solved with a combination of Insightful Action (a smart and creative mind) and Embodied Wisdom (a compassionate and purposeful heart)
- The Transformer is a master at both allowing them to drive systemic change, business transformation and community regeneration
- The pathway for becoming a smart and wise Transformer
The Essential For Resilience: Recovery
An uncomfortable fact about modern life is that it is too fast for our biologies to keep up with. We evolved to function in far slower environments but now we must deal with anthropocene angst with neolithic neurons. Which means that the pace and intensity of most of our lifestyles is actually traumatizing to our systems (trauma being experiences that we don’t have the resources to process fully in real-time so they stick with us in some way, reducing our capacity to thrive).
The cut-and-thrust of organizational life is so intense that our hearts and minds need space and time to process everything that we experience in a given day and week. So we need to ensure that we invest in our recovery so that we have the resources we need inside to cope with the constant pressures on our performance as well as the many social pains we encounter. We need to actively choose to decompress regularly.
The Activity for Resilience: Reconnection Practices
Modern life can easily alienate us from nature, each other, and ourselves. This can drive us into a sense of endless stress as we struggle to feel safe, connected, and trusted. So when you feel bewildered, confused, or overwhelmed, a reconnection practice is what brings you back to yourself. It helps you drop into your body and drop your worries. It returns you to your true nature as part of nature: at-one with life so nothing can perturb your connection. Such practices also activate the relaxation response, discovered and promoted by Harvard Medical School, which is the equal and opposite response to the fight and flight of stress.
The Foundation Of Resilience: Sleep Hygiene
Decent sleep resets our system and clears away stress and stress chemicals. Without it, we simply cannot approach being resilient. Yet over half of Americans have sleep issues. Sleep problems promote stress and mental ill-health, studies with soldiers show that decent sleep may well be the foundation of all resilience. Without sustained refreshing sleep, some kind of break down is always within sight. Without paying attention to sleep, you cannot expect to have true resilience. It is the first step for wellbeing, as my years suffering from fibromyalgia (chronic pain syndrome) has taught me. Proper rest is the starting point for genuine recovery. Having “sleep hygiene” means we focus on creating the right conditions for good sleep each night. It means going to bed at roughly the same time every night, with a similar bedtime routine, and within a safe space. It means avoiding caffeine, screens, booze, and other stimulants as much as possible before bed. It means not having our cellphone or laptop in our bedroom seducing us to engage.
The Resilience Mindset: Ownership Mindset
Recent research has shown that amongst West Point soldiers, “psychological hardiness” – which includes being able to take multiple perspectives and to explore multiple possible responses (as well as seeing all experiences as interesting and meaningful)- is a better predictor of ability in the field than traditional predictors of performance like intelligence. The ability to feel powerful in difficult situations (and so to explore problems curiously and creatively) and to feel at peace and even positive no matter what happens, are both key to becoming anti-fragile. We may not be able to control events but we can exert some agency in how we react to them: ie whether we react unconsciously or respond consciously and creatively.
The Orientation for Resilience: Trusted Relationships
We are eminently social animals. Our brains develop within relationships and relationships guide everything we feel, think, and do. If we are uneasy in them, this will permeate every area of our leadership style. As research from Google and the Harvard Business Review has made clear, if teams don’t feel emotionally safe and trusted, high-performance is practically impossible and certainly not sustainable. Research shows that people need relationships that work to be at their resilient best: at the office and at home. So take your team out regularly to relax and connect together. Invite one to have lunch with you once or twice a week without any agenda. Take a coffee to a co-worker and just see how they are doing.
The Resilience Skill: Emotional Regulation and Optimistic Equanimity
As reported in the journal Nature, one of the brain’s key roles is to scan for danger and threats. When one is spotted, our emotions work very quickly – at least 0.5 seconds before we are aware of any reaction – to get us fighting and fleeing. But most of the threats we now face in everyday life our social challenges not survival threats. This means that our emotions are likely to be all of the place – dysregulated in the lingo – even when we have no evolutionary need to be so roiled. And when we are emotionally charged, we are likely to play out old and out-dated habits and patterns that make the situation worse.
The Anchor for Resilience: Life and Leadership Purpose
During times of rapid change and crisis (and let’s face it, that means pretty much all the time), the only anchor you can rely is your purpose: why you get up every morning and lead others in the first place. Research has proven that “purpose in life predicts better emotional recovery from negative stimuli” and difficult events. It can even inoculate us for future intense stressors making us truly anti-fragile. Purpose will hold you in a consistent and empowering frame of meaning no matter how crazy the world is around you: allowing you to make sense of even the weirdest events and scariest news. Therefore purpose boosts the ownership mindset and optimistic equanimity mentioned above.
Forging the Future of Work
With lockdown beginning to end, but our post-pandemic challenges as employers and employees only just beginning, there has never be a more important time to understand, and play our full part in, the Future of Work.
In this powerful virtual keynote, pioneering futurist and international keynote speaker Nick Jankel will share cutting-edge thinking into:
- Why we have to upgrade our mindsets to make sense of the rapidly- and ruthlessly-changing world of work—and how to spot, and act upon, ‘weak signals’ of the future in the present
- The 3 deep drivers of change that will shape the future of work for everyone—from AI to Gen Z—and how they are combining to transform work for everyone, whether in a factory, delivery van, or co-working space
- The 4 emerging needs of employees (and customers) that the pandemic has accelerated, which are disrupting business models and people models
- How to start leveraging these insights about the future to drive forward “People Innovations” that future-proof your organization against disruption—and ensure you don’t fail the the future of work, but forge it
Mastering Transformational Teamwork In Hybrid Workplaces
Most organizations are moving to a hybrid “remote + office” way of working, which brings many new challenges—as well as plenty of opportunities.
Many team members will be allowed to work remotely and flexibly, with all the benefits and new stresses this brings.
At the same time, as organizations begin to reckon with seismic changes in their markets from the pandemic, the climate crisis, and new technologies, teams will have to step up to become even more transformational.
On this keynote, top international keynote speaker Nick Jankel will share cutting-edge thinking into:
- Why teams must get more transformational to deliver change at pace—and how the hybrid workplace could make this actually easier
- The key characteristics that make a “Transformational Team”
- The core psychological needs of team members in the hybrid workplace
- Practical yet profound techniques for boosting effective teamwork in hybrid workplaces—and increasing the creative and collaborative outputs of your people
Sustainable innovation: From Compliance To Creativity and Exponential Value-Creation
Move from footprint minimization driven by regulation to opening up exciting possibility spaces and business opportunities. Turn zero-carbon/decarbonization into a ‘prism’ to drive exponential value-creation in products and services. I touch upon business purpose, breakthrough thinking, and my pioneering transformational innovation process and toolset that allows any organization, no matter the size, to solve customer pain points driven by social and ecological breakdown to unlock exponential value.
Sustainable Leadership: How To Lead The Change To A World That Works For All
Turn despair into hope by understanding the power that business and institutional leaders have to lead the change so many want to see. Such leaders can can skip the out-dated power politics that is causing so much delay to craft brands and business models that are net-positive/ “regenerative”. By inspiring ourselves with nature—“rewilding” our own leadership purpose—and by leveraging my work revealing the pathway of transformational leadership, every leader—no matter where they are in the hierarchy—can use their one short life to leave a sustainable legacy; and use their organization’s power to leave the world better.
Sustainability Storytelling: Engaging Stakeholders With Compelling Narratives That Transform
Even if we want to lead the shift to a sustainable world, many stakeholders don’t get it, don’t want to get it, or don’t know how to get it. They resist, deny, ignore, or are cynical about the urgency and magnitude of the climate crisis (and other issues like inequality, precarity, and pollution). Neuroscience shows that it’s no use yelling at them, criticizing them, or showing them yet more data. Instead, you can harness my transformational storytelling insights and toolkit to engage to different kinds of stakeholders in empathic and imaginative ways—and turn resistors into supporters and supporters into champions.
Nick Jankel's 2022 speaking fees
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