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Nick Jankel

Global Keynote Speaker

Nick Jankel is an influential and internationally recognized thought leader on how leadership, technology (e.g., AI, Blockchain, CRISPR), and innovation can— and should—transform business and society in an increasingly complex, disrupted, and digital world.

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About Nick Jankel

He is a sought-after and highly experienced global keynote speaker and leadership futurist who motivates, inspires, and, above all, transforms audiences to switch on and step up all over the world. He helps simplify complexity, take the pain out of change, and blast through the barriers that block innovation and transformation.

Nick is the co-founder and the CEO of global leadership consultancy Switch On Leadership, where he advises CEOs and top teams at organizations like Unilever, LEGO, Syngenta, and Microsoft and supports Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 organizations to unleash transformational leaders who drive adaptive change, breakthrough innovation, and business transformation.

Nick draws upon his advanced leadership curriculum, disruptive innovation methodology, and unique transformation approach to meet keynote briefs—covering important topics like purpose, change mindsets, leadership storytelling, and the Future Of Work. Sensitive to cultural diversity, he has delivered customized keynotes and workshops from San Francisco to Shanghai. His ideas are routinely called imaginative, rigorous, crucial, and transformative.

Nick has been a geek about change all his life, captivated from age 13 by the central challenge of leadership and innovation: how to change ourselves and, in doing so, change our organizations and the world. As well as lecturing at Yale, Oxford, SciencesPo, and LBS, Nick has been a transformation coach on two TV shows, coaching celebs (MTV) and addicts (BBC). He has written five books on leadership and transformation, which have won awards and been translated into Chinese. Nick has been featured in the Financial Times, The Times, and The Economist and has advised national governments on innovation.

Originally a medic, Nick received a Triple First (summa cum laude) in Medicine and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge before studying clinical medicine at UCL. Nick shifted into consumer psychology and brand strategy for Playstation and Nike at TBWA/Chiat Day, a top 5 global ad agency specializing in disruption. At age 24, Nick was blown away by the democratizing force of digital technology and left the safety of employment to become a serial purpose-led entrepreneur.

Founded in 1999, his first start-up was a creative management consultancy that initially supported dot coms to transform business plans into successful customer-focused innovations. As the boom went to doom, Nick pivoted the company to become a world-class disruptive innovation consultancy. Evolving a sophisticated innovation methodology that fuses scientific rigor with creative imagination, he has since led c.100 breakthrough innovation projects for orgs like Microsoft, Diageo, Disney, Novartis, Vodafone, Genentech, and the BBC—which resulted in the most successful TV show in history.

After years of navigating mindsets and cultures resistant to innovation, he expanded his work into leadership development. He has since developed a rigorous and inspiring Self-to-System leadership curriculum that can ensure leaders wield powerful innovation and transformation to their full potential. Over 100,000+ leaders—from organizations like Intel, Syngenta, Unilever, BootsWalgreens, AstraZeneca, Zalando, and HSBC—have used elements of the curriculum to master both the inner and outer games of leadership.

The leadership and innovation programs and products that Nick delivers sit atop Bio-Transformation®, an original theory for unlocking concrete change in individuals and organizations as fast as humanly possible. Nick’s life’s work, Bio-Transformation® leverages the latest brain, behavioral, and complexity sciences—along with wisdom and practices from various traditions—to help leaders work with, not against, human biologies and cultures to drive lasting change.

As well as his work innovating business innovation and leadership services, Nick founded a purpose-led multimedia production company that developed network TV shows on transformation in Los Angeles and London, a peer coaching web app, and an innovative mindfulness experience (for BBC Learning) that toured the UK and was visited by 250,000 people. A social enterprise, the company also delivered accessible coaching and leadership programs aimed at unemployed youth from marginalized Black and Asian communities across impoverished areas of the UK.

Nick has since optimized these early prototypes within his company’s Leadership Innovation Lab, which designs scaleable tools and toolkits to empower and elevate leaders. They are currently in stealth mode developing a Generative AI-driven platform to provide the leaders who want to change the world—but can’t access cutting-edge coaching and leadership development—with personalized interventions that support them.

Nick has been a server at McDonald’s, a science teacher in Zimbabwe, and a bookseller at Daunt Books. He has triumphed over entrepreneurial burn-out, learned to master a debilitating chronic pain condition called fibromyalgia (running the New York Marathon without stopping), and has survived three recessions—and counting—as a serial purpose-driven start-up founder. He is a dedicated father of two boys and is married to his business partner.

Nick Jankel's 2024 talks & topics

Personal Leadership

  • Personal Leadership
  • Self-Awareness
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Cognitive Biases & Beliefs
  • Changing Behavior & Building Habits
  • Resilience & Sustained High Performance
  • Managing Time, Attention & Energy
  • Growth Mindset
  • Transformation Mindset
  • Agile or Innovation Mindset

People Leadership

  • Empathy
  • Active Listening & Responsible Sharing
  • Trust & Reciprocity
  • Clear & Calm Communication
  • Managing & Renegotiating Agreements
  • Managing High-Performing teams
  • Delegation with Excellence
  • Motivating Different Kinds Of People
  • Transformational Coaching
  • Repairing Relationships & Conflict Mediation
  • Managing Effective Boundaries

Creative Leadership

  • Sensemaking In Complexity
  • Finding Opportunities with Foresight
  • Customer-Centricity & Consumer Insight
  • Developing Vision & Creative Growth Strategies
  • Executing Strategies With Agility & Creativity
  • Strategic Decision-Making
  • Leadership Prioritization
  • Belonging & Psychological Safety
  • Ethical AI
  • Intrapreneurship & Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation & Creative Problem-Solving

Systemic Leadership

  • Truth & Transparency
  • Business Purpose & Leadership Purpose
  • Sustainability & Social Impact
  • Wisdom, Values & Morality
  • Inspirational Storytelling
  • Executive Presence
  • Ethical Persuasion Techniques
  • Finding Alignment & Coherence
  • Managing Collaborations & Partnerships
  • Leading Systemic Change
  • Regenerative Leadership

Futures

  • Future Of Leadership
  • Future Of Work
  • Future Of HR & HR Tech
  • Future Of Healthcare
  • Future Of Technology
  • Future Of Education & EdTech
  • Future Of Sustainability & Regenerative Business

Transformational Leadership

Transformational Leadership

The Future Of HR Leadership & HRTech

The Future of HR & HRTech

Business & Digital Transformation

Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship

Business & Leadership Storytelling

Breakthrough Innovation & Innovation Leadership

Conscious & Wise Leadership

Collaboration & Relational Leadership

Innovation & Change Mindsets

AI In Innovation & Leadership

High-Performing & Transformative Teams

The Future Of Technology

The Future Of Leadership

The Future Of Sustainability

The Future Of Healthcare & HealthTech

Leading with Generative AI

Unprecedented Opportunities & Unfathomable Dangers

Generative AIs herald a momentous turning point in human history: a revolution perhaps bigger than the internet, the steam engine, and the printing press combined.

Generative AI brings unprecedented opportunities for lasting positive impact and exponential value creation.

Generative AIs also bring almost unfathomable dangers and threats.

How can we take responsibility for how we use AI to shape a human-centric not dystopian future?

Adapt Rapidly To Crises

Keynote Topic: Adapt Rapidly To Crises

Future-Proof Your Org With Transformational Innovation

Keynote Topic: 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

Regenerative Technology: Make Digital Work For All

Keynote Topic: Regenerative Technology: Make Digital Work For All

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

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