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Keith Coats

International leadership expert who speaks to the shifts required of leaders and organisations in both their thinking and practice if they are to successfully navigate the future.

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Developing leaders

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Developing leaders

Keith is passionate about developing leaders for the future of work, through leadership development programmes.
Keynote speaking

Keynote speaking

Keynote speaking

Keith is an international keynote speaker whose passion is developing leaders for the future of work.
Videos of Keith

Videos of Keith

Videos of Keith

A selection of video’s of Keith presenting to audiences, combined with a selection of leadership thought bullets.

Latest blog posts

Leading Difference: Your Most Important Challenge of 2018

by Keith Coats
February 1, 2018
Leadership

There is an inescapable and increasingly frenetic cacophony around the issue of diversity or ‘difference’. Issues around race, gender, age, sexuality, class and many other ‘categories’ dominate the news and media. The ‘issues’ are surfacing everywhere, from politics to the corporate world, from communities to every-day mundane interactions. The dramas both real and imagined […]

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Seeing the walking cow

by Keith Coats
January 24, 2018
Uncategorized

The Problem: I am not sure my team is ‘seeing all that there is to see’ as we try to make sense of (insert your specific challenge here). The Solution: ‘Seeing the walking cow’? Let me explain. I was travelling in a train the other day idling looking out the window at the passing […]

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Silence – the quieter you become the more you hear

by Keith Coats
December 12, 2017
Leadership

Norwegian explorer and author, Erling Kagge, is someone who knows a thing or two about silence. In his insightful book, Silence, Kagge unpacks the power and importance of silence in an increasingly noisy world. Kagge spent 50 days walking across Antarctica in perfect solitude. His reflection on the experience has become a best seller […]

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Knowing Where Everybody Stands – Having your say without saying anything

by Keith Coats
Uncategorized

The Problem: ​ Not everybody participates in important team/agenda discussions. You want to ensure everyone’s voice is heard and this is especially the case in those important strategic and/or team dynamic discussions where final outcomes can be undermined by not having had everyone express where they stand on the issue at hand. The Solution: […]

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Phenomenology, Seeing and Stories – a hidden secret in plain sight

by Keith Coats
December 4, 2017
Leadership

Albert Szent-Gyorgy, an American biochemist, observed: “Discovery consists in seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought”. Whilst some may find this rather natural – call them the ‘gifted few’, the good news is that the ability to ‘think differently’ can be nurtured and developed. There is a philosophical tradition known […]

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Organisational Culture: The secret that is hidden in plain sight

by Keith Coats
September 29, 2017
Leadership

The capacity to lead depends on trust. As a leader keeping trust alive is your primary responsibility for without it, you cannot lead. Trust is the air in a healthy organisational culture; it is the very currency of leadership. This is the secret that is hidden in plain sight – it must be given […]

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How to create a happier workplace

by Keith Coats
August 22, 2017
Leadership

The Problem: My people are not staying, aren’t committed as they should be and don’t seem happy at work. What can I do to reverse these trends? The Solution: Give your people more freedom than you are comfortable with. If you are comfortable with the amount of autonomy your people have, you have […]

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Eliminating “Behind The Back” conversations that are killing your culture

by Keith Coats
July 25, 2017
Leadership

The Problem: There is a culture within your team/organisation of gossip. Conversations are happening ‘offline’ and behind backs all of which is proving harmful – as it always is! You realise you need to check this behaviour and simply saying, “don’t do it” hasn’t proved to be effective. The Solution: Changing (bad) habits is difficult. […]

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How to be a learning organization that provides meaningful leadership development for the future of work

by Keith Coats
July 20, 2017
Leadership

Some years ago I asked a friend who was responsible for some of the most successful TV adverts in South Africa – she was the advertising agency’s account manager for a fast food brand – what made the adverts so successful. “That’s easy” she said, “the client leaves me (and my team) alone to […]

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Turning content into action and getting ROI on leadership programmes

by Keith Coats
June 20, 2017
Leadership

The Problem: We send ‘our people’ on multiple leadership development programmes and the ‘higher’ up the organisation the more such programmes tend to focus on theoretical content and information. We then expect our people to ‘know what to do with this’ yet all too often few, if any, tangible or practical ‘actions’ result in their […]

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Paula West, 
Learning and Development,
Harrods

“Your workshop was very thought provoking – probably more so than any other leadership keynote we have delivered in Harrods. Participants called it really interesting, refreshing, wonderful! Eye opening. Left me wanting to hear more.”