South African-born and renowned as a high performance and leadership coach, Paddy Upton has achieved success at the highest levels of sport and business, globally. He lives his professional and personal life whole-heartedly. Pursuing success, innovation, relationships, health, adventure and enjoyment with equal enthusiasm. Questioning convention and happiest operating out the box, he is constantly searching for new experiences and better ways of doing things.
Some of his diverse accomplishments include
Paddy’s Inspirational Talks offer insights into what the top sport and business leaders in the world are doing to bring the best out in their people. He shares insights and anecdotes from his work with some of the world’s top athletes. Included is the unique approach that he and Gary Kirsten employed in leading the Indian cricket team to the No. 1 Test Team in the world and to win the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Talks will be uniquely tailored to align with the message/ theme of your event.
Clients report Paddy’s Inspirational Talks to be Inspirational, thought provoking, insightful, authentic, simple, outstanding and refreshing.
Inspirational Talk clients include:
Aditya Birla Group (India), Dell India, Royal Bank of Scotland, Pepsi Co, Standard Bank of South Africa, Aon, South African Revenue Services, Oceana Brands, Peregrine Group, Acsis Financial Services, HDFC Life (India), Department of Public Works (Western Cape Government), Foodcorp, Axis Bank (India), Cricket South Africa, South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, Citadel Financial Services, Jupiter Drawing Room, Olam (Nigeria), SAP Plant Maintenance.
THE ART OF WINNING
Inspiring audiences to create their own extraordinary team culture,where enjoyment and winning happens
In this talk, Paddy offers revolutionary insights into the leadership and high performance approaches that are
helping sport and business teams to be the best in the world. He shares thought-provoking insights and fascinating anecdotes from his work with some of the world’s top athletes and teams.
Included is the unique approach that helped take the Indian and South African teams to the World’s No. 1 positions, India to win the 2011 Cricket World Cup, and then as a first-time head coach, to lead bottom-of-the-log Rajasthan Royals IPL Team to the Champions League final in one season.
This talk will be uniquely tailored to align with the message or theme of your event,
Clients report Paddy’s inspirational talks to be ‘thought provoking’, ‘insightful’,‘authentic’, ‘simple’, ‘outstanding’, ‘refreshing’ and ‘motivational’.
THE DIFFERENT FACES OF LEADERSHIP: WHEN TOP PERFORMERS BECOME TOXIC
Provocative and controversial
Exposing healthy to unhealthy versions of Beta, Alpha and psychopathic leaders, and the corresponding impact they have on their teams
High performers and leaders in sport and business generally fall somewhere along the continuum from the harmony-loving happy-to-play-second-fiddle beta (fe)male through the confident, focused, opinionated and action-oriented alpha leader to the highly popular, hugely successful and truly inspirational psychopath*
The problem for teams and organizations arise when these high performers and/or leaders become unhealthy. It for example happens when the beta-male becomes an egotistical and posturing wannabe-alpha when the alpha becomes the arrogant, self-serving and overly-critical bully, and when the psychopaths guilt-free manipulation, lies, callous and cunning ways poison those around them and threatens to ruin their team, organization or industry.
This wonderfully insightful, provocative and controversial talk exposes real world examples of these successful and influential individuals, highlights how they can single-handedly make or destroy teams and organizations, and suggests remedies for each.
* Researcher Dr Clive Bodie suggests 1 in 100 people are born psychopaths, and that as many as 1 in 25 business leaders are psychopaths. The incidence is likely to be higher in some industries, including finance, IT, politics and possibly even professional sport. For more about psychopaths in sport and business,
A CONTRARIAN VIEW ON LEADING/COACHING
Challenging conventional beliefs
In this Freakonomics-type presentation, Paddy makes a thought-provoking and compelling case for a series of counter-intuitive statements. Each case is supported by research, built upon with intriguing perspectives, and coloured-in by fascinating anecdotes from his work with some of the world’s top athletes. The talk has been lauded by international athletes and business leaders.
Paddy will propose that…
Paddy Upton’s presentation to the top 500 managers at ABFSG Day was a great success. It was wonderfully alluminating and was rated at “relevant and valuable” by 100% of the 500 delegates. Some said ˜Paddy’s presentation changed my life”.
“Paddy conducted a performance and leadership workshop for all the staff of RBS Private Banking. Focused on “Building a Winning Culture”, and using his strong foundational knowledge and experience in the areas of teamwork and leadership development, Paddy was able to bring the workshop to life in a practical and well-contextualised manner. This was further enriched by his use of anecdotes, which resonated extremely well with the participants. All participants rated the workshop very highly.” Shiv Gupta – Head of Private Banking, Royal Bank of Scotland Private Banking (India)