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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As the world accelerates we need to amplify the right mindset and skills. Kamal Sarma specialises in helping teams solve current challenges then shift them into a new level of performance. 

Kamal has developed deep insight into organisations and people cultivated by his own unique background.   Living in a monastery he trained as monk for 6 years before excelling in senior corporate positions.  Now as the founder and director of Rezilium – a strategic leadership firm Kamal delivers customised strategies and presentations for a range of industries.

Kamal has held executive roles in organizations such as McKinsey & Company, Eli Lilly and AMP Capital Investors. He is an experienced speaker, trainer and the author of 3 books: The international bestseller Mental Resilience: The Power of Clarity – How to develop the focus of a warrior and the peace of a monk. THE LEADERSHIP LEAP- (Un)Learning how to lead, as featured on Google talks.  His most recent book is WinWin Conversations: The Art and Science of Human Connection.

Kamal has co-founded two venture capital businesses in the IT and biotech sectors and is currently is a Chairman of Amicus Digital and the RUOK Thinktank.  He is also co-founder of the Institute for Mental Resilience and was recognized for his peace work between the Chinese and Tibetans in 2008. 

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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

Who are you giving your energy to?

Think back to your last week. For most of us, we'll have given all our energy to our work, then come home exhausted, drained and disconnected from our partners, children and friends. 

We're giving our worst energy to the people that matter the most.

This is just one of three (critical!) elements Kamal Sarma has identified that prevents us from living an incredible life. One where we have clarity, connectedness and congruency. A life of balance, peace and prosperity.

Watch this incredibly powerful and insightful TEDx, where Kamal Sarma gives the three steps to a life worth living.

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Though the message often gets submerged in our workaholic culture, it’s okay to just want a break. Taking a vacation is a wonderful way to reconnect with yourself and your loved ones. Breaks build resilience, helping you to perform better when you return, and they allow you a space for reflection and insight. If you want a vacation and can afford to take one, you probably should.

That being said, for the sake of your physical and mental health, it's important to be able to tell the difference between wanting and needing a break. In my years spent working with leaders, I've noticed that exhaustion can take on many forms and not all of these forms are commonly recognised or addressed… But all of them can lead to severe consequences if ignored. It's therefore essential to learn how to separate these feelings of deep tiredness from an uncomplicated desire to kick back and relax

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