Shaun Kenny

Australia - NSW

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In his role as mentor and advisor, Shaun has an up close and personal perspective of the challenges executives and leaders are grappling with in this rapidly changing world of work.

An economist by training, Shaun translates the latest insights of behavioural economics and neuroeconomics into practical tools that professionals can use for immediate impact. Shaun has also used his deep expertise in design thinking to help blue-chip clients embed cultures of empathy-driven innovation.

Previously in management consulting, he holds a Bachelor of Economics degree and a Masters of International Business, both from Sydney University.

Outside of work, Shaun is husband to his high school sweetheart, a father of two and is a keen (yet vertically challenged) basketball player.


The future of leadership

In this burgeoning age of artificial intelligence, automation and algorithms, skills that have been highly valued for decades are on the verge of becoming obsolete.

Not just routine, physical jobs, but high-level, cognitive skills long thought to be irreplaceable. We are all at risk of becoming dinosaurs. And so are the organisations we lead.

In order to navigate this uncertain future, forward-thinking organisations, optimistic teams and bold leaders need to change. To grow the capabilities that will set them apart now and in the future.

In this challenging keynote Shaun picks apart the capabilities and qualities that leaders will need to develop to thrive in the next 10, 20, 30 years and makes the case for why not all leaders will be able to make the leap to next generation leadership.

In this keynote Shaun will explore:

  • · The 3 major ways the nature of the problems we will face in the future will be different to now
  • · The 6 key capabilities that leaders need to develop to thrive in a time of reduced demand for technical skill-sets and more demand for adaptive problem-solving
  • · The good news that many of the most highly-prized skills of the coming decades will be those that are most uniquely human (as these will be the most difficult to replace), and the simultaneous bad news that these skills are some of the most difficult to acquire.

The Future of Leadership is an ideal standalone conference keynote or extended experiential session (see The Future of Leadership EXPERIENCE).

The smiling ox paradox®

Have you ever met a person who seemed to have influence wherever they went and with whomever they met? Someone universally admired and respected, with that special ability to get others to effortlessly follow their lead?

There is something mysteriously irresistible about these individuals that gives them a rare power in our world: an ability to persuade and motivate other individuals, to mobilise teams and to shape organisations.

What if there was a scientific way we could explain their powerful influence? And what if we could translate these insights into practical strategies and tactics? Then we could transform our own ability to become one of these extraordinary people: a person others are compelled to follow.

In this entertaining, dynamic and audience-interactive keynote presentation, Shaun works with the audience to:

  • · Reveal the latest social science research into how humans make judgements of other humans and how there are actually 2 key qualities that account for more than 90% of the impressions we make on other people (a startling result!)
  • · Discover 10 practical strategies to take control of how we are perceived by customers, clients, colleagues or any other important stakeholders in our lives (yes, even spouses!)
  • · Create a personally tailored action plan that can be implemented immediately to become a more compelling leader, a more persuasive professional or a more successful salesperson.

The Smiling Ox Paradox® is the ideal standalone conference keynote. Additionally, an extended half or full day program also includes access to the world-first The Smiling Ox Paradox® psychometric assessment tool.

Are you a behavioural engineer yet?

Organisations the world over are trying to transform or evolve their cultures to be more collaborative, innovative, productive, resilient and agile. Essentially, more competitive. This requires behaviour change on a mass scale and yet almost all attempts within organisations to achieve behaviour change fail. Miserably.

In this revelatory keynote Shaun unpacks an innovative and game-changing methodology that will transform how you approach the enterprise of changing behaviour in your organisation. He calls this approach behavioural engineering.

In this keynote Shaun will explore:

  • · The 6 major reasons why changing behaviour is so hard
  • · The 3 keys to making a behaviour more sticky
  • · The power of ‘micro’ and how to backward engineer big organisational or team goals into their constituent micro behaviours so change can be effectively sequenced and ‘success momentum’ achieved
  • · How to run behavioural engineering experiments in your own organisations and be a change agent for good.

This work is game changing for all those who grasp its practical implications. Are you a Behavioural Engineer yet? is an ideal standalone conference keynote or extended half or full day program.

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