Rene Carayol leadership speaker

René Carayol

Charismatic speaker & business guru specialising in leadership and culture.

René​ Carayol's focus is on inspirational leadership and high-performing cultures, bound together with his compelling 'spike' philosophy founded on his own board level experience.

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"SPIKE" - What Are You Great At?
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René Carayol simply and magically provokes and inspires his audiences to be the best they can be.

If you are looking for a clever academic who will read out a well-crafted speech on the theory, concept and abstract of ‘thought leadership’ – then stop here. Because, whilst being an acclaimed Visiting Professor at the distinguished Cass Business School in London, and lecturing on their MSc in Management, René is no academic.

If instead, you're seeking the most important leadership clarion call to your top people - one that will energise them to see the art of the possible and stir the leader inside of each of them - then you need René.

He is not just one of the world’s leading executive coaches, working with some of the Fortune 500’s top CEO’s and their executive teams, but he has also actually been Chairman, CEO and MD of blue chip businesses. He speaks with the authority and confidence of the expert practitioner who has seen and experienced it all before. 

Drawing much from his own unique experiences on the boards of some of the biggest international organisations; from Marks and Spencer and Pepsi to IPC Media and the Inland Revenue, René specialises in delivering unforgettable and unmissable performances that show precisely how contemporary inspired leadership can electrify an audience through a powerful and authentic emotional connection.

His latest book, SPIKE, is leading the ‘Strengths-based Revolution’ and has received great reviews, including from acclaimed Readers Favourite

“My experience of working with some of the world’s best leaders of this generation; from Prime Minister David Cameron, Sir Richard Branson, Nelson Mandela, and many others, informs me that none of them are flawless or ‘all-rounders’.

But they all tend to know their 2/3 SPIKES, and have taken the time and focus to fine-tune them to near Olympian standards”.

In his talks, René shares the magic and simplicity of the compelling SPIKE philosophy. In the world of SPIKE, there are no losers - everyone has something they are great at.

The new world order is struggling to deal with constant uncertainty. René provides a compelling approach to the future that is built on ‘managing a little less and leading a little more’.

You will continue to see René on the BBC and Sky News as an expert commentator and you can see his portfolio of TV series for the BBC on his YouTube channel.

René has built his reputation on getting to know the culture of businesses better than they do themselves, and providing answers and solutions no matter how big or small the problems.

His messages are practical, real-life experiences delivered with electrifying effect. He both shakes up and inspires his audiences by showing them not only what lies within their grasp, but how true collaboration makes everyone stronger.

Partial client list

René has worked around the globe with organisations such as World Bank, IMF, Goldman Sachs, Barclays Bank, ING, African Development Bank, Diamond Bank, HSBC, American Express, GSK, ConvaTec, Novartis, Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb, De Beers, Boehringer Ingelheim, Cable & Wireless, IKEA, Volkswagon, Generali, Prudential, Pfizer, Santander, Visa, Roché, Maersk and Airbus.

Speaking Topics

  • The DNA Of An Entrepreneur
  • Business is getting tougher
  • Trading through tougher times
  • Value the difference
  • Taking Risks
  • Getting Them 'On The Bus'
  • Managing A Little Less - Leading A Little More, What Do You Stand For?
  • Culture Is More Powerful Than Strategy
  • When Your Heritage Is Not Your Destiny
  • Hire With Fire
  • Continue To Do What You Do Best And Partner To Achieve The Rest


"Rene brought great spirit and impact to the event" - IBM

"Relevant insights, powerfully presented" - Heinz

"Rene was instrumental in leading the organisation's global HR team through a change process in which they not only saw a new vision for their work but really felt it at a deep visceral level" - Google

"Rene brought perspective, content and all the key messages together and ended on a high (at the same time cutting out all the time wasting and unnecessary deliveries that can appear on an agenda)" - Intel

"The conference went very well, even if I say it myself, people left with an upbeat mood and very inspired." - Adecco

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Culture is the key when it comes to a lasting health and safety legacy

René Carayol writes his last article for Business Reporter and reminds us all that culture is so much more powerful than strategy. Find out what else Carayol... read more »

Posted on 14 Jun, 2016

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