Nick Seneca Jankel

Thought Leader & Author, Breakthrough Innovation & Leadership

  • 25 years spent developing a brain-based methodology for transformation to get orgs such as LEGO, Unilever, HSBC and Nike match fit for the future
  • Author of numerous books on leadership, the 4th Industrial Revolution and transformation, one of which is an international bestseller
  • Uses take-away tools and experiential exercises to drive agility, adaptability and digital transformation

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Intense evolutionary pressures are causing one Fortune 500 company to be replaced every two weeks; whilst the average length of a company's existence is dropping to just 7 years. With a Triple First Class science and philosophy degree from Cambridge University—and over 20 years hard-won experience advising exponential unicorns and ambitious blue-chips on the frontlines of disruption—Nick Jankel is a highly sought-after professional speaker whose life's work is to ensure people have the tools they need to adapt to relentless change and the mindsets they need to successfully transform their organizations and themselves. As a transformation guru, Nick was selected to host his own global BBC TV series; is regularly interviewed on AI, tech and creativity on international news; and has advised No.10 Downing Street and The White House. At the pinnacle of the industry, Nick is a virtuoso speaker who blows away audiences with cutting-edge neuroscience amplified by sticky ideas, concrete tools, and beautiful materials. He has delivered to rave reviews at LEGO, Google, NHS, M.O.D., Boots, BUPA, Schroders, Diageo, SAP, RBOS, Tesco, Wal-Mart, The European Commission, and Merck to name but a few. 

With new research showing that transformational leaders deliver 6x the results of average ones, Nick's talks help people become transformational so they can cut through the treacle that stops change and blast through the barriers that block innovation. He does this by sharing tools and thinking from Bio-Transformation Theory®, the fruit of 30 years committed effort. A transformational futurist, Nick does not just illuminate what the future may hold— from AI to blockchain to regeneration—but how people must respond to it creatively and confidently. Nick goes deeper than most to motivate audience members in their hearts as much as minds: he switches on people so they step up and embrace necessary adaptation rather than resist, retreat, and repeat old habits that sabotage success. A genuine thought leader, Nick has talked at world-class universities including Yale, Oxford, SciencesPo, UCL, and London Business School; and his academic paper is in the top 1% of citations. His pioneering ideas on transformation have been featured in The Times, The Financial Times, The Sunday Times, and The Guardian; and he has been invited to share them at the prestigious Aspen Ideas Festival; the tech mecca TOA (Berlin); Wisdom In Business (AMS); The Economist Summit (SF); The Financial Times Futures (LDN); CHRO Summit (LA); and SciFoo (Google HQ). A prolific and talented writer, Nick is the author of a number of influential essays and best-selling books on personal and organizational transformation.

Nick set up his first company, aged just 24, to disrupt the marketing industry and grew it exponentially, without funding, to reach 50 staff working with big brands like Microsoft, Vodafone, Diageo, Unilever, Disney, and Shell on strategic innovation projects key to their future. Here he made his name as the innovation expert behind the creation of the most successful TV show of all time (BBC's Dancing with Stars) and was named UK Ambassador for Entrepreneurship in recognition. By age 29, Nick had learnt the hard way that innovation fails if leaders do not have the skills and mindsets needed to transform their enterprises; and if cultures resist and repress change. He doubled-down on Bio-Transformation Theory®, fusing the very latest brain science with profound wisdom and practical psychology in hybrid innovation, leadership, and culture change programs that actually work (for companies like Novartis, Nike, HSBC, and Intel). Committed to systemic transformation as much as personal change, he has led systems change projects with orgs like WWF, Oxfam, FCO, NHS, Rockefeller, and Young Foundations and educated non-profit leaders and social entrepreneurs on 4 continents. Nick is Chief Executive of transformation company Switch On, which blends both purpose and profit; Chairman of pioneering next-gen sustainability constancy FutureMakers; and a Founding Fellow of The Academy of Professional Speakers.

Bio-Transformation Theory® consists of a world-class innovation process for transformational results; an extensive transformational leadership curriculum covering conscious, purposeful, creative, inspirational, collaborative and systemic leadership; 90+ proven and printable transformation tools to drive change across teams; and 40+ brainbased yet wisdom-wired transformation practices that have inspired over 5 million people through TV shows, books, cutting-edge meditations, and more to heal their pain, shift baseline moods, think new thoughts, and break and make habits as fast as humanly possible. If requested, Nick can provide audiences with take-away tools and include experiential exercises that start the change happening today. He customizes every talk to help deliver on your ambitions and is always keen to add value for a win-win-win.

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Keynote Topic: Forging The Future Of Work: ReHumanizing & Regenerating Culture

Keynote Topic: Become A Transformational Organization: Design For Agility Without Losing Stability

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The Future of Leadership

Nick Jankel: Forging the Future

Leading Organizations Through Crisis. In these times of uncertainty, how do we lead teams to keep business as stable as possible? How do we drive forward transformation in a time of crisis? And how can we use crisis as a driver of strategic adaptation to a fast-changing world? In this talk, Nick discusses the reality that crisis is the VUCA world… and so an invitation to change. He’ll share strategies for:

  • Leading teams virtually: transformational communications, healthy boundaries, and technology tips
  • Leveraging a crisis for business transformation
  • The power of purpose for stability and creativity
  • Dealing your own and team fears and anxieties
  • Innovating and adapting fast to survive the fallout of a crisis 
  • Use the crisis to build 7 critical steps of resilience

Managing Business During a Crisis. In these times of uncertainty, how do we lead teams to keep business as stable as possible? How do we drive forward transformation in a time of crisis? And how can we use crisis as a driver of strategic adaptation to a fast-changing world? In this talk, Nick discusses the reality that crisis is the VUCA world… and so an invitation to change. He’ll share strategies for:

  • Building team spirit in a crisis: transformational communications, healthy boundaries, and technology tips
  • Use the crisis to build 7 critical steps of resilience
  • Managing your fear, anxiety, and uncertainty
  • The brain in a crisis: staying calm and making good decisions
  • Staying motivated at home

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.

Inspirational Leadership & Empowering Teams. 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.

Purposeful Leadership & Business Purpose. How to unleash the creative engines of enterprise with business purpose and leadership to maximize impact and value; why purpose is so powerful and so welcomed by customers and employees; and how to define different forms of purpose.

Digital Transformation & Corporate Culture Change. Digital age technologies and the 4th Industrial Revolution are forcing all organizations to transform inside. Yet over 65% of all change programs fail. Nick explains how to master change and leverage emotions, mindsets and behavior to land digital transformation.

Agility, Adaptability & High-Performance 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.

Influential Leadership, Persuasion & Storytelling. Matrix organizations and complex markets mean that leaders must know how to grab attention and ensure alignment without recourse to command and control. 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 action.

Systemic Leadership & Futuring. 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.

Creative Leadership & Transformation. Changes in the outside world threaten every organization with irrelevance. Nick shows leaders how to create value out of change through safe, controlled and conscious organizational ‘self-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.

Collaborate Leadership & Dynamic Teams. 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.

Resilience & 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 mastery their own biology, time, energy and performance and so build deep resilience which minimizes stress and overwhelm permanently.

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 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.

The Future Of Cities / Health / 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.

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