Keith Coats

Keith Coats is an internationally respected leadership expert, author, speaker and facilitator. He has worked with both leaders and their executive teams in numerous international blue chip companies. He is the author of ‘Everything I know about leadership I learnt from the kids’ (Penguin) and his leadership articles have been published in a variety of local as well as international publications and journals. Keith has formally researched leading teams through organisational change and has experience in facilitating both strategic processes and mergers.

Keith is a sought after international keynote presenter in the area of strategic leadership in the new world of work. Keith brings a relaxed, conversational style to the podium where he presents cutting edge thinking to those present. Keith has been invited by HM King Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden to present at the Royal Palace, Stockholm to Swedish leaders from the corporate, political, non-profit and academic spheres as well as at the Global Leaders Conference in China. Keith is a regular presenter at conferences and business schools around the world, having presented and taught in diverse settings such as Russia, Sweden, the United States, China, Vietnam, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Namibia and South Africa. Keith uses multi-media as a key tool in his presentations to challenge, shock and inspire audiences with his engaging content and delivery.

Keith’s primary focus is in the area of strategic leadership in the context of the new world of work. The need to develop adaptive intelligence – both a personally and corporately, is paramount to future success in both these spheres. In a changing world strategy – what it is, how to do it and what skills are required, needs to adapt and change. So too with leadership – and it is in these domains that Keith’s expertise and experience are to be found.


Leading in a Changing World

What does it mean to lead effectively in a changing world? What we do know is that if the world has changed, leadership needs to change. The world has changed. This keynote presentation / workshop explores the changed leadership context – or what futurists label the ‘VUCA world’: a world that is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Understanding the changed leadership context is an essential first step in then exploring and articulating an appropriate leadership response by way of both mind-set and behaviour.

The Enemy Within enemy within

What is holding you and your organisation back from truly achieving your goals? Is it just the turbulent world, the aggressive competition, the changing market conditions and new, complex expectations of customers and stakeholders? Or could it be that there is something inside that’s holding you back? Could it be that your organisational DNA itself needs to change? Do you have an enemy within?

TIDES of Change

We live in turbulent times – that much is obvious. But it’s a lot more than just an economic downturn that causing it. We are living at a moment in history when all the forces of change are combining to produce an era-changing period. The political, corporate, social and personal rules for success and failure are all being rewritten. To survive and thrive in these uncertain times, it is essential that your whole team has an understanding of the forces that are reshaping your industry’s landscape. Based on detailed research into macro-economic, political and social trends, this programme will help you do just that – by focusing on five key disruptive forces that are going to change the way we live and work in the next decade. The five forces are: Technology, Institutional change, Demographics, the Environment and shifting Societal values. These are the T.I.D.E.S. of change. A guaranteed paradigm shaker, this powerful presentation or workshop overviews each of the trends, providing gripping examples, insightful case studies and powerful implications tailored for your business.

Mind the Gap

This multi-media, humour-filled presentation or workshop looks at why people younger and older than yourself see the world in such different ways, and how a generation gap influences attitudes and behaviours. By understanding the impact of different generational value systems, inside and outside your organisation, you can improve customer relationships, the productivity and interactions of your teams, and gain insights that will ensure you get the most out of the people you interact with every day. Understand what shaped and formed Boomers, Gen Xers and Gen Y, and why younger and older people – staff, customers, family and friends – have such different expectations and approaches to life, leadership, work and relationships.

Rethinking Strategy

Engaging in the what and how of ‘Strategic Planning’ has been part of every business school curriculum for the past several decades. Within this context we have all been taught Porter’s model of formulating strategy and it has been a served as a reliable framework as to how strategy ‘gets done’. As a result sophisticated methodologies around data capturing, analyzing that data, execution and implementation have all been centre stage to our understanding of ‘strategic planning’. The process has consumed vast amounts of time, energy and budget. Will this understanding of strategic intent and practice need to change as we navigate the uncertain future? We believe it will – and must. Rethinking Strategy navigates this change.


Don’t expect the ordinary business school approach. Expect dynamic, world class, out of the box frameworks and service delivery that will truly bring about authentic change and leadership growth in your organization as it has done for us.
~ Mike Nel, Spar Group

Keith’s presentation was interactive, informative and thought-provoking. He is a brilliant presenter and kept the audience engaged throughout the session.
~ Sandira Chaithram, Alexander Forbes

Keith is an extraordinary person and it was an honour to be part of his class. An exceptional experience.
~ GIBS Executive Development Programmes: Standard Group

Amazing, radical, out of the box. Great thought provoker. Congratulations!! Best session from my perspective.
~ GIBS Executive Developmenet Programmes: Unicef

Graeme Codrington

Expert on Generational Interactions and the Future of Work

René Carayol

Leadership and Corporate Culture

Keith Holdt

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