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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

Plans, plans, plans…and then some!

by Keith Coats
April 10, 2018
Leadership

The Problem: ​ We are too reliant and dependent on plans! I know we need to more agile and adaptive and this over-dependence on always ‘having a plan’ isn’t helping! How can we change this? The Solution: The ‘Head’ bit: It was General Eisenhower who said, “Plans are pointless but planning is essential”. The real […]

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Who drives change in your organisation?

by Keith Coats
March 27, 2018
Leadership

In a global context of exponential change, the organisational imperative becomes one of intentionally building the capacity to change and evolve. Adaptability is critical to survival; this was an accepted evolutionary insight long before it was understood within the realms of business. PepsiCo CEO, Indra Nooyi has said that “Every morning you have got to […]

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The Intelligence to Adapt: A lesson from the Peter Beardsley story

by Keith Coats
March 16, 2018
Leadership

Ian Herbert writing in the Daily Mail said, “The old culture is obstinately hard to remove from coaches who lack the intelligence to adapt”. The context was the stories that had surfaced concerning former professional footballer Peter Beardsley who had been accused of ‘bullying’ in his coaching role at Newcastle United. Beardsley had been brought […]

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The Best Medicine – finding out you are wrong.

by Keith Coats
March 7, 2018
Leadership

The Problem: My team (or even as an individual) we / I have difficulty admitting when I am wrong. I have come to realise that this unhelpful intransigence is putting a handbrake on our (my) ability to challenge orthodoxies, to unlearn and accept ownership of things that aren’t working and then doing something about […]

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Standing on the words of Giants

by Keith Coats
March 6, 2018
Leadership

The Problem: Our team conversations have grown stale. We are in a state of ‘death by agenda’ and there is no spark, zip or animated discussion anymore. What can I do? The Solution: Borrow something from a ‘literary Master’. Find a paragraph or some dialogue from a great novel that you introduce as a […]

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Finding the words that shape your leadership practice – the critical importance of a leadership philosophy

by Keith Coats
February 28, 2018
Leadership

“…they are just words, a Victorian poem but, they helped me to stand when all I wanted to do was lie down.” These were reportedly the words spoken by the newly elected President of South Africa Nelson Mandela to Springbok captain Francois Pienaar when talking about the importance of a ‘leadership philosophy’. Of course ‘the […]

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[START Conversation Toolkit] Dealing with change

by Keith Coats
February 20, 2018
Uncategorized

We are frequently asked by concerned leaders how they can continue the conversations with their teams around disruption and the future of leadership. Most of the senior leadership meetings that take place within a business focus on an agenda driven by operational concerns. This is the norm and exactly what is needed you […]

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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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Learning and Development,
Harrods

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