Richard Gerver has been described as one of the most inspirational leaders of his generation. He is an award-winning speaker, bestselling author and world-renowned thinker.
Richard began his career in education, most notably as headmaster of the failing Grange Primary School. In just two years, famously transformed into one of the most acclaimed learning environments in the world. He was celebrated by UNESCO and the UK Government for its incredible turnaround.
Richard has since transitioned to the global stage where he uses his trademark humour and natural style to deliver passionate, provocative and authentic speeches. He draws upon the first-hand experiences and unique insights garnered from frontline education to explore the links between great leadership, human potential, change and innovation. His ability to connect experiences across many seemingly different environments helps people to expand their thinking and perception of potential. It is this authenticity and uniqueness which has helped Richard win him global acclaim and invitations to speak on the most recognised stages, including TED, the RSA and BBC radio.
The three core principles underpinning Richard's philosophy are communication, empowerment and impact. He argues that great leadership is first and foremost about serving the needs of the people who work for you. His mantra: systems and structures change nothing; people do.
Having successfully transitioned from teacher to thought leader, Richard has had the opportunity to regularly advise governments and major corporations globally, including Google, Visa, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Deloitte, Harrods, Puig and Telefonica. His unique experience and insight into realising human potential also see him working in elite sport, with Olympic and Paralympic coaches, EPL Soccer coaches, England Golf and professional cricket teams. He has recently started working with the British music industry to help develop a capacity for forward, proactive and sustainable change.
Richard is also a bestselling author. His first book, Creating Tomorrow’s Schools Today (now in its second edition), has become a seminal text around the world for those engaged in the transformation of education. His other books are explorations of human potential, leadership and success. In Change and Simple Thinking, Richard explores the world beyond school, through the eyes of an educator. Both have received critical and public success; both achieving global bestseller status. All his books have been translated into a multitude of languages including Spanish, Chinese and Korean.
Most importantly, Richard is always humbled to be able to share his lifelong commitment to living, learning and laughing.
Renowned for his highly accessible and common sense take on complex issues around change and human leadership, Richard Gerver brings his pragmatic, insightful and people centric experiences to the exploration of success; what it is and how we can achieve it. This exciting and dynamic speech will leave audiences inspired and more importantly empowered, with the belief that they can; individually and as part of an organization. How they develop strategies that will ultimately lead to real success and achievement. Based on the research and messages in his highly anticipated new book of the same name, Gerver’s session will leave participants with a real clarity of the mind-sets, behaviors and attributes needed to aim higher and achieve more. Using his unique storytelling style, Gerver brings incredible energy, insight and eloquence to what has been traditionally seen as a complex and often academic process. He will share the key learning that he has gained from years of working, firstly to develop one of the world’s most celebrated education transformations to his work with some of the planet’s most successful people and organizations across every sector. Based on experience and practice, never theory, the authenticity of his session will leave people with new views on risk, communication, collaboration and ultimately what it takes to be successful.
Over the last ten years, Richard has been working with some of the world’s most successful sports and business organizations; from Olympic and Paralympic coaches to football league managers, golf pros and cricket teams. His work has been centered on developing resilience in athletes. It is work that he has translated into his work in high performing corporate environments where the ability to risk, learn and develop are vital. Richard argues that it is often some of the most naturally gifted who struggle most with resilience and that having the confidence to fail and to overcome major adversity is critical if we are to get the best out ourselves and our people. In this session, Richard will use his unique insights into human development and success to help audiences understand what holds people back and how to unlock their full potential.
Education is the single most important factor that will determine the future; for our children, our economy, society and ultimately our planet. Richard Gerver uses his unique, authentic and experience driven insights, to clarify the vision, thinking and processes that we must all go through, if we are to ensure that we all; teachers, administrators parents and policy makers, develop a system that prepares our young people for a world class future. Gerver uses his experiences as a former award winning teacher, globally renowned principal, school and university board member and government policy advisor, to mesh together, with clarity and deep insight, exactly what needs to be discussed and done; from high level strategy to classroom practice. He not only brings his reputation as one of the world’s most innovative and successful educators to his sessions but is uniquely able to bridge the connections between education, business, sport and culture, thanks to his ground breaking work in those fields; having worked with Olympic coaches, EPL Teams and Golf pros, as well as with some of the globe’s biggest companies and extensively in the music industry. Gerver can speak with precision about exactly what skills, behaviors and attributes our children will need to not only survive but thrive in their futures. His education speeches are noted world-wide for their humor, insight, provocations and practical application. They mirror his first best-selling book. Creating Tomorrow’s Schools Today.
In this unique session, Gerver explores why change and uncertainty becomes so challenging for so many; links to risk aversion, a need for safety, security and control, hamper and stifle so many people and organizations. Gerver argues that we must understand why it is that so many of us develop an aversion to change as we grow and how we must change our mind-sets and motivations as a result. He explains why it is so important that we focus on developing the capacity of our people not only to accept change but to be active participants in it, if we are to evolve cultures of sustainable change and development. Cultures where responsibilities and accountabilities are shared, where ideas and momentum can spring from anywhere and where traditional hierarchies morph to facilitate self-leadership and real collaboration. He will explore the power of creativity, curiosity and confidence to understand how to embrace change in uncertain times and just why we must shift the paradigm to understand that change is not a program or a strategy but is an ever present in the organic nature of the 21st Century. He will use his unique perspective as an educator, a leader and a high performance mentor to provoke new thinking about change as a core factor in defining our future successes on human and organizational levels.