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Summary Profile

Pierre is an entrepreneur, his company BE BRAVE, specialises in human development and team dynamics. He has also worked as brand curator for the SABS Design Institute. The other half of his life is in philosophy and spirituality. He leads a contemplative community in the city of Cape Town and he is also a published author.
 
Originally from a design background where he has shown to critical acclaim at Fashion Week in the 2000s, created award winning campaigns as a stylist, and freelanced as an art and creative director. He is also an artist, working with socio-political themes and the tension between absence and presence.
 
He is a popular speaker, speaking regularly at conferences and corporate sessions. He has been featured numerous times on TEDx, breakfast TV, and radio. His clients include BMW, Old Mutual, KFC, Adcock Ingram and others.
 
Pierre is the eternal flâneur, a wanderer of the city streets, an observer. He is interested in the way the world is flowing, the movement of culture, the actions and reactions, creativity, and above all what it means to create good work. What good work looks like, feels like, and where good work comes from. He reads like a maniac, but only when he is not online. His talks leave audiences inspired, woke, and equipped to create good work.
 
His alter ego is the love child of Gertrude Stein and Jason Bourne. He lives in Cape Town with my wife, two kids, and his iPhone.


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MONSTERS, HEROES, AND KINGS
A KEYNOTE ON THE INVITATIONS IN CRISIS POINTS OF LEADERSHIP

There are at least 4 near universal stages in life. The Child, the Hero, the King, and the Sage. Each stage has a set of invitations, and each stage has a turning point, a crisis that needs to be faced.  

In this talk Pierre focuses on two of those stages, the hero and the king. How does the brazen, all conquering hero defeat the ultimate monster and how does that same hero become a worthy King or Queen? A demanding keynote teeming with leadership lessons and challenges from ancient myths, legends, and archetypes.

This talk gives the audience a dashboard to gage where they are in their lives and careers and just as importantly what that stage is inviting them into. They will have a better grasp on what they are to do in that current stage, clearing the fog so to speak. They will leave with time tested tools and framework to not only engage the stages, but also overcome the crisis points they will find themselves at.

THE BIGGEST MISSED OPPORTUNITY IN INNOVATION - AN EYE-OPENER TALK ON INNOVATION AND WHERE TO FIND IT

Innovate or die. That is the mantra of our times. But how, where, when? What do we do to innovate, where does creativity come from? One word, from the shadows. Treasure is never hidden in plain sight; great discoveries are never made in safe predictable environments, in response to masses of customer research.
That is the world of the bland middle, the mediocre. It is the gift of randomness, the promise of chaos that allows us to discover the unplanned and unpredicted.
Creativity happens in shadows, it is in the dark where stories take shape, and your imagination goes wild. The same reason ghost stories are told around campfires, not in broad daylight.
We are creatures of habit, habit keeps us safe. Safe is not where innovation lies. Safe is not where the new, the daring and the profound are. Those lie in the dark, in mystery, out where the dragons are.
WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • A deconstruction of old thought patterns.
  • Insights from philosophy, and Japanese aesthetics.
  • An emphasis on the importance of engaging chaos, and intentionally building randomness into your business.
  • Practical exercises and take aways for your team.

LEADING WITHOUT ‘AUTHORITY’ - HOW WE CAN LEAD AND CREATE MOVEMENT IN A FLAT WORLD

The world is flat, everything everywhere is within reach through the miracle of technology, and as happens whenever information becomes available old hierarchies are torn down, and the last remaining authorities are quickly falling. All being replaced by a growing array of tribes, collectives, and organic systems.

Gone are the days where titles turned ordinary human beings into super leaders.

As a collective we have a foul taste left in our mouths left by the patriarchal, authoritarian structures and systems of the late 20 th century. The question now is what does effective and inspiring leadership look like in the new world of work, with a gig economy world of remote workers, work swarms, and solopreneurs?

Many organisations have already transitioned to a flatter structure and softer cultures. The challenge now is to figure out how to lead in this new flat world where the old methods and levers are near
illegal.

In an ironic twist, it seems the answer to our question for what future leadership looks like might lie in our distant shared past. The answer might lie in the structures and value systems of monasteries, the conflict resolution processes of native American tribes, the ancient archetypes that form the basis of our perceptions, and the ideas about the universe from the first philosopher.
WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • The most important lessons we can learn about leadership and business from monks.
  • New models for leadership from ancient circles.
  • The gift of the archetypes, understanding leadership as a function and not an identity.
  • The importance of paradox and tension between leadership styles and energies.

WHAT IT TAKES TO CHANGE - A ROADMAP TO ENGAGE DISRUPTION AND CREATE CHANGE IN YOUR BUSINESS

Let’s be honest. We hate change, yet constant change is the very definition of life. The moment your body stops changing and growing it means you’re dead. Sorry. And 10 years ago, the world was a completely different place, we didn’t have the smartphone, or the tablet, our internet was slow and annoying at best, AI was something you saw in sci-fi movies. Change is here, and here to stay.

Disruption happens in two ways, either you are forced to change, or you choose to change. How our businesses respond to the current, and constant, stream of disruptors are key to not only surviving the current storm, but riding the wave.

If we do not engage intentionally change will still happen, but at great cost. It is as true for the man buying a sports car to stay of his midlife crisis, to the multi-national refusing to re-invent, and re-think.

Over the centuries humanity has developed ways to facilitate change and growth in life, from birth to adolescence, to adulthood and even to sagehood. The path of the hero is always the same, whether is it Odysseus or Andy from the Devil wears Prada. What is true for the individual is true for the whole, the universal is always accessed through the particular. A company is nothing more than a person, being born, then rebellious teenage years, hitting midlife, and finally reaching its true purpose in the second half, as a sage, and a hero.
WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • A view of current disruptors relevant to your industry.
  • A road map for engaging, and instigating, change in your business.
  • Insights from human development, ancient initiation ceremonies, and the hero’s journey.


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A completely new angle on leadership, with practical applications we can immediately implement in our teams.

Sarel van Zyl, CEO, FNB Namibia


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