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From monk to venture capitalist and keynote speaker Kamal Sarma has transformed leaders and teams globally. Over the last 20 years he has delivered significant results for people and companies with his customised framework and teachings.

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Kamal Sarma is the founder and CEO of Rezilium – a strategic Leadership development firm. He has had a unique background, training as a monk for seven years in India, as well as pursuing a corporate career. Kamal has held senior executive positions in organizations, including McKinsey & Company, Eli Lilly and AMP Capital Investors. Kamal has also been the co-founder of two venture capital businesses in the IT and biotech sectors. Kamal currently is a Chairman Amicus Digital an online digital disruption facilitator and the RUOK Thinktank

 

"Your job is not to listen. Your job is to make the other person feel heard" There is a fundamental difference between the two. Kamal's 14 years of research will help you to unpack this idea and to have Win Win Conversations - where everyone has their needs met.

Kamal is the expert in how to Develop the Focus of a Warrior and the Peace of a Monk – in fact, that’s actually the title of one of his critically acclaimed books.

It’s a big claim – but it’s one that he’s in the unique position to be able to make – because he was one, a monk that is, for 8 years in fact. And since then he’s used the skills around clarity, focus and resilience to dominate in the competitive and fast-paced world of venture capitalism.

I have been fortunate enough to access his brilliant insights on many occasions – all of which have been transformative in my own journey with influence.

More recently Kamal has distilled everything he has learnt into his latest book… ‘The Art of Win-Win Conversations: How to Navigate Your Most Challenging, Complex and Critical Conversations Through Connection’

Anyone who has ever sat in a high stakes business conversation, or an emotion-fuelled negotiation with a loved one, will know that a win-win is the holy grail of conversation outcomes. It’s like the unicorn in the room – a way to get everyone’s needs met.

Interestingly – Kamal defines a win/win best as a conversation where all parties have their needs met.

And therein I think lies the key – so often we don’t get to the bottom of what our partner, client or colleagues actually need. Which when you think about it is a big ask – as more often we’re not even able to fully articulate our own.

Have you ever had that situation – where you would ask for what you need – if only you knew what it was? We can always think of what we don’t want, a thousand way we want someone not to behave – a million situations we want not to occur.

But what we actually want? A clean request we can make that would possible, reasonable and respectful – now that’s difficult. Actually no – sometimes that feels more like impossible.

Speaking Topics

Digital Resilience: Thriving in a digitally transforming world

Are you in charge of sculpting your mind? Or is your mind being hacked?

Digital transformation has been revolutionary. It has given humans the ability to consume whenever and wherever. We are now entertained endlessly, more informed and constantly stimulated.

As a species, our tools have evolved from the simple hand axe, to the always-in-the-palm-of-your-hand phone.

We are aware of digital disruption, digital Darwinism and the impact that technology can have on our lives. However, our carbon brains do not change at the same rate as silicon digital devices.

Without truly understanding the impacts that technology has on our minds, we are powerless against our minds being hacked. This 'hacking' can lead to digital distraction and ultimately, digital depletion.

To make sure organisations, teams and individuals can perform in a digitally transformed world, we must be able to use technology in a beneficial way, sculpting our minds and remaining digitally resilient.

In this session, Kamal Sarma will cover

  • How we as an analogue species, need to shift our mindset and behaviours to thrive in a digital world
  • How to master digital productivity and recognise digital addictions.
  • How to curb digital distractions to avoid depletion
  • How to debug our minds once they have been 'hacked'
  • How to lead your-self to be able to lead digital transformation in your business

The Connection Advantage

To gain an advantage in life and in business the most important skill you need to develop is connection. Yet we are never taught the skills that enable us to connect deeply with one another, our clients or our purpose.

Organisations that truly can connect at these 3 levels are able to flourish and deal with change, complexity and uncertainty.

In this presentation Kamal explores:

  • How to create deep connection at personal level, team level and at a purpose level
  • How to use the connection advantage to create a shortcut to change
  • The 5 areas where connection can break down and how to rebuild
  • How to use build connection to build an appreciation and feedback culture
  • How to use human connection to build a sustainable competitive advantage

The Leadership Leap

Why you need to un-learn and re-learn

Strong leadership of self and of your organisation is imperative for the future of work and business. Leadership is an ongoing challenge globally and presents limitless opportunities for growth.

To progress your personal or professional journey Kamal believes you need to un-learn many things you have been taught previously. He has identified 7 essential principals and suggests that un-learning these will accelerate your Leadership Journey.

On the Leadership Leap Journey Kamal will explore:

  • The 7 Principals of Leadership to un-learn
  • The new principals of Leadership
  • How to build Leadership that inspires people to follow
  • How to transform people and culture through Leadership

Resilience

Develop the Focus of a Warrior and the Clarity of a Monk

Organisational and personal resilience are 2 of the most powerful traits you can develop in response to the challenges of today and tomorrow. When you can command your awareness and focus your resilience results will flourish.
Kamal has more than 20 years experience helping people developing one of their most precious assets – the mind. As the author of Mental Resilience – The Power of Clarity - How to develop the focus of a warrior and focus of a monk. Kamal draws on his personal experience as a monk and professional work with leaders and teams to facilitate a new level of growth and resilience

During this session Kamal will unpack:

  • How to develop personal and professional resilience
  • When faced with challenges and change how do we build resilient people and organisations
  • How to maintain focus and clarity to make better decisions
  • Tools to sustain your resilience

WinWin Conversations

How to have Challenging Conversations with Clarity and Confidence

In a world of complexity, change and disruption your ability to communicate on a deeper level is vital. WinWin is designed to deliver a competitive advantage because those who can influence relationships and results positively in the future will thrive.

WinWin will help you become agile and flexible in your thinking while offering new ways of communication that can transform relationships and results.

Teams who have adopted WinWin have experienced an upward shift in performance. The practical content is ideal if you are looking for an edge in engagement and communication.

In this presentation Kamal explores:

  • What is a WinWin Conversation
  • How to build a culture of WinWin
  • The 7 Principals of WinWin Conversations
  • How to transform existing and build new relationships
  • How implementing WinWin can improve results

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