Coach, leader, high performer, academic, innovator. Paddy has achieved coaching success at the highest levels of sport and business, globally. Has successfully coached a variety of elite sport and business teams and individuals to take their game to even greater heights. He facilitated two international cricket teams to the world’s number 1 ranking; won a Cricket World Cup, and led bottom-of-the-log underdogs to Champions League finalists in one 10-week season.
All of Paddy's talks are grounded in the science of modern-day best-practices and richly illustrated with anecdotes from coaching some of the world’s best athletes.
Paddy’s talks focus on the human-aspect of team and organizational performance, specifically on leadership, culture, teamwork and individual performance. Today’s competitive advantage mostly lies in ‘people’, and in thus in an organizations ability to attract the best talent, retain them, and simultaneously to get the best out of the rest.
Paddy presents present fascinating, practical and proven insights into contemporary, innovative and out-the-box ways to optimise your team and its individual performers, and thus your results.
His talks are bespoke, in that he will choose from a rich array of stories to meet the unique requirements of your event or organization, addressing the required balance between leadership, culture, teamwork and/or individual performance. Topics include but are not limited to;
• Harnessing the collective intelligence of your team
• Optimising team and individual learning (delivering intelligent performers)
• Playing to strengths
• Building individual and team confidence
• Successfully navigating mistakes and failure
• Unleashing young talent
• Unpacking individual intentions and motives, and how they impact performance
• Managing ego, yours and others
• Healthy and unhealthy alpha leadership, how to recognize and manage both
• Managing fear and pressure
• Building your team ‘bank account’
• Person or performance, character or results, be or do. What’s really important?
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.
In consultation with your team, Paddy will design bespoke talks to suit your company or conference needs, specifically in the areas of high performance, leadership, team culture and modern-day coaching approaches.
Each message is richly illustrated with anecdotes, enhancing both learning and entertainment.
Most common words from client feedback are “engaging”, “authentic”, “inspiring” and “common-sense”.
While no two talks are the same, examples of some of the more commonly requested talks or subjects, include:
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 ART OF SUCCESS
(relevant for sport or business audiences)
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 - SPEAKER SHOW-REEL
Paddy Upton Clients & Testimonials
These are a few of the successful and wide-ranging organisations who have valued Paddy’s inspirational talks and workshops. Please scroll down to view some recent testimonials.
“Awesome talk! Really enjoyed it, as did everyone else.” Jacques Kallis – International cricketer
“Paddy’s leadership tactics transcend the various industries and present a positive, inspiring way to motivate any team towards unprecedented levels of performance. His approach is cutting-edge and his use of “story” drives home the concepts remarkably well.” Teresa Keating - Business Manufacturing Technology Director, The Dow Chemical Company (USA)
"A very interesting and powerful talk. Loved it and very thought-provoking” Alan Dawson –Ex-International cricketer and current business-owner.
“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)
“Paddy’s speech at the Dell India Leadership Strategy Meet in 2011 was extremely insightful. The ease with which he was able to relate to corporate issues was simply commendable. Paddy is a delightfully effective speaker whose style is simple, direct and engaging.” Ganesh Lakshminarayanan - President, Dell India.
“Paddy Upton’s presentation to the top 500 managers at ABFSG Day was a great success. It was wonderfully illuminating and was rated as relevant and valuable by 100% of the 500 delegates. Some said Paddy’s presentation changed their life”. Ajay Srinivasan – Head, Aditya Birla Financial Services Group.
Paddy’s speech at the Dell India Leadership Strategy meet was extremely insightful. The ease with which he was able to relate to corporate issues was simply commendable - a delightfully effective speaker whose style is simple, direct and engaging. Ganesh Lakshminarayanan (President, Dell India)
Recently, over 200 senior managers scored Paddy’s talk an impossibly high and near perfect 4.97 out of 5 for style and content! For me, it was the best session I’ve been to in 17 years! Steve Morris (Managing Partner, The Eventful Group)
Great presentation at the 2017 London Leadership Summit. It was humble, thought provoking and relevant to today’s business leaders. Tom Bird (Author of Brilliant Selling, Europe’s best-selling sales book)
A game-changing message. Prasant Shukla (National Technology Officer. Microsoft, India)
Paddy is one of the best coaches in the world. Shane Watson (Australian International Cricketer)
“Paddy is an exceptional coach and trainer who has the skill and knowledge to transform individuals and teams.” Lindy Rousseau - Marketing Director, Cape Grace Hotel
"After having lost in 17 consecutive games…The group workshops with Paddy worked, we went on to win the final 3 games in a row.” Shukri Conrad – Head Coach of Cape Cobras Cricket Team (Professional Franchise)
“Paddy had an amazing ability to bring out positive energy in our senior management team, which allowed us to solve problems we had.” Nick Stodel – Owner, Stodels Nursaries“We are in the process of merging two offices that were previously in opposition to each other. Paddy's session blew us away and we were left inspired, positive and could take away simple and effective tools to use going forward. Paddy’s style is easy going and even the hardest of nuts were cracked and left the day with a feeling of “this can work”. Not only do I recommend Paddy as a coach, but consider him essential going forward.”Ebbie Rabie – Manager, Aon South Africa.
“Paddy's work has transformed the Constantia Uitsig Team.” Tom Glover – GM, Constantia Uitsig Group.
“Thank you, Paddy! Once again, you have helped us move forward as a team.” Tony Romer-Lee – GM, Cape Grace Hotel.
“You made an amazing impact on the team.” Sandeep Desai - Vice President Manufacturing, Unilever South & Southern Africa.
“Paddy's 'Transforming Teams' workshop at the Mainstream Conference (Texas, USA) was rated an overall 94%. Delegates are still raving about it. I could not recommend a speaker or workshop facilitator more highly.” Steve Morris - Managing Partner Content & Global Production, The Eventful Group
“Very insightful – great storyteller. Most unconventional coach.” Senior Manager, DuPont (USA)
“Excellent! Very inspirational speaker – great perspectives on leadership.” Senior Manager, The Boeing Company
ADVANCING YOUR TEAM CULTURE
‘Culture is King’. Happy employees are 30% more productive than unhappy ones. Conversely 74-84% of employees want to leave their jobs today, primarily because of they are not happy in the workplace.
Imagine a culture that attracts the industry-best employees, keeps them the longest, and gets the best output from rest? Almost every team has capacity to advance their culture, and thus success.
With his experience of building successful teams at the highest level of performance, in different countries and with players of different languages, religions, cultures and levels of experience in the same teams, Paddy will work with you to tailor-make this workshop to meet your teams unique needs.
TRANSFORM YOUR TEAM
Raise your game, get ahead of the rest, become extraordinary
Where a keynote address is a one-way sharing of knowledge, the workshop is an interactive format presenting the opportunity for your team to dialogue and then own Paddy’s teamwork and performance concepts. Workshops are
practical, interactive and experiential and focussed on facilitating your team transformation via:
Dialogue and gaining an in-depth understanding of cutting-edge team-work and performance concepts
SPORT COACHING MASTERCLASS
This half- or full-day master-class is for progressive sports organisations invested in their coaches learning more empowering and effective ways of leading players and performance. Learn how to practically navigate from the old-school command-and-control (industrial age) coaching towards an empowering player-centred coaching approach that is commensurate with the knowledge era.
Outcomes include delivering sustained success, increased enjoyment, longer-term participation, and smarter performers with greater confidence and increased self-esteem.
Depending on duration of master-class, topics could include:
Having worked full-time in conferences for nearly two decades, I’d place Paddy in the top 1% of international speakers.