The TEDx Talk
Who we have worked with
What they have said
Rod’s inspiring presentational provided a fresh perspective on how we should approach not only our work but our life, challenging ourselves on what we do and why we do it should be done on a daily basis to ensure we are effective as possible.
I thought Rod’s talk was insightful and delivered some key messages. Personally I took away the point about changing things by small percentages, whether that be diet, sleep etc. to help with performance.
It’s the measures that we must take to ensure that we are able to continually move in the right direction such as the principle of marginal gains – If I break the job down and systematically improve each area as opposed to trying to rush to become the finished article overnight I can enjoy the process of learning instead of taking my work home and wasting energy stressing needlessly.
Please extend my gratitude to Rod, I feel more positive, energized and focused following his talk. Personally speaking it was useful to reflect on how top achievers stay at the top and that success is a cycle, there will be dips.
Really enjoyable, loved his philosophy and Marine stories; I like the achievable incremental changes across many areas.
I thought Rod’s talk was good. The idea of making lots of small tweaks instead of one wholesale change is a good one.
I thought the presentation was really thought provoking; he brought up a lot of good points about habits, and the different ways we can stop them, especially by replacing them with good habits. It was also interesting to know that we should only break one habit every 6 months – would never have known that! I also enjoyed hearing about Rod’s own background and how he related habits within his experiences as a Royal Marine, it made it all the more fascinating.
I thought overall it was great. Rod was engaging and clearly very passionate about what he was talking about. A lot of what he talked about has resonated and will stay with me.
I think the topics and the way it was presented were very appropriate and interesting. I enjoyed the relaxed nature in which he delivered his insights, but also how he would dive into certain areas and provide some context and depth to them. I would have enjoyed the chance to get more time with him.
I really enjoyed it. I liked that there were some simple tangible take-aways from it which I’m going to try and implement. Personally I would be interested in doing some sessions with him on becoming a better leader or manager.
I thought it was very valuable – enjoyed the way it got us all talking together about improvement areas and building the culture into something exceptional. If there is a chance to get any more speakers like him, I’d be keen to hear more.
I think he was an engaging and a very interesting guy. Great little pearls of wisdom he shared from doing his own research as well.
I thought Rod’s presentation was great. It really got me thinking about my habits and what I could do to help myself. He also gave us some tangible examples of how to try and break our habits (e.g. getting friends to hold you to account using social media) Most of the time, these presentations are purely theoretical – but he gave us some practical tools– I liked it!
Since being invited to share some of his experiences through a TEDx talk, Roderic has started to take on more public speaking engagements by providing coaching and leadership development training to all people.
He uses his experience in the Royal Marines and in the UK Nuclear Sector to share how you can create high performing teams and cultures through strong leadership.
Although he has done motivational speeches, Roderic prefers to make his talks as practical as possible so delegates are able to take a tool or a tactic and implement it in their organisation.
Keynote Speeches have included…
How to Build a High Performing Team?
High Performance Cultures and High Performing Teams don’t just outperform their competition – they demolish them. When these groups get together, they’re able to consistently outperform their competitors time and time again.
The world of business has been comparatively slow to understand this but the tide is starting to turn. Net flix are the stand-out example. They have been clear about who they’re looking for and the sort of person that will fit with their culture. It is unsurprising that their revenue grew at an average rate of 48% last year – culture delivers performance.
In this talk, we will cover the principles behind identifying and selecting the ‘right people’ – why attitude and mindset are more important than coaching, skills, development and experience. We will also cover how you nurture a high performing team so that you start to create a culture of continuous improvement that has a real impact on the success of your business.
Recapturing a Pirated Vessel – Creating a Culture of Innovation
People are more and more connected than they have ever been before and the speed at which they interact is getting faster and faster. This is driving a pace of change that is only going to increase as the world becomes increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA).
Existing markets are being disrupted by technology, which is being used in innovative ways to outmanoeuvre current market leaders. The corporate graveyard is filled with companies that failed to adapt.
Innovation is crucial to business success in the long-term.
But how do you innovate? How do you set your organisation up so that you can leverage the creativity of your talent for change?
In this speech I will share my experience of how innovation works in the Royal Marines. I will explain how leaders give direction so that they don’t cramp the creativity of their people. I will use the recapture of the MV Montecristo from pirate control in 2011 to explain how innovation, leadership and development is necessary to succeed in the VUCA environment.
Breaking Bad Habits to build a High Performance Culture
Our habits drive around 40% of the decisions that we make every day. If you want to improve your performance, understanding how to break bad habits is crucial to our own self-development.
In this speech I outline why we have habits and how they are created. I then talk through some of the strategies that help people to break bad habits.
Whether you’re trying to lose weight, give up smoking or build a high performing team – an understanding of habits and how to break them is crucial to our own success.
Why did the Royal Marines relearn to shoot?
When I joined the Corps in 2005, we were taught to shoot accurately at distances of up to 600m. This is because these were the distances that the Allies were engaging the enemy during WW2 – it simply had not changed since then.
By the time I left in 2012, we were being taught to shoot at close range – at distances from 10-30m. The reason for this is that our enemies were choosing to fight in towns and villages so we had to relearn how to shoot quickly at close quarters. Like in an old Western, the first round counts.
‘Double loop’ learning is the process of challenging the underlying assumptions you make about the world. If you are dissatisfied with the result, you may need leadership development training or need to challenge how you think in order to change your behaviour and have an impact on the result.
In this talk, I explain the concept of ‘double loop’ vs ‘single loop’ learning and how applicable it is to drive change and deliver significant improvements in performance. This speech was developed into a TEDx talk.
How do you create a culture of Operational Excellence?
Operational Excellence is more than just ‘doing things well’ – it is about creating a culture of continuous improvement so that we steadily improve the performance of the organisation over time.
The nuclear industry is a sector that simply cannot afford to ‘get it wrong’. What tools, techniques and practices do they use to ensure that people behave safely and perform to a consistently high standard?
In this talk, I will introduce some of the key concepts that support a culture of operational excellence. This is an enormous subject so this talk is designed to give you an introduction so you can further your own learning and development in this field.
How do you manage stress and build resilience?
Resilience is the ‘ability to recover quickly from difficulties’. It is related to an individual’s mindset – specifically the way in which they think about and handle stress.
Organisations frequently talk about the desire to build resilience within their people but few have an understanding of how to do it. How do you prepare people for stressful circumstances so that when they are under pressure, they are able to perform? How do you manage the levels of stress within an organisation?
In this talk, I will draw on my experience as a professional coach to explain why we have stress and how different people handle it. I will also explain how to spot the symptoms that someone is struggling to deal with stress so that you can support him or her before it has an impact on your business.
Decision-Making – Why speed trumps accuracy
‘The perfect solution does not exist so stop trying to find it. Find the 80% solution and execute it with aggression and enthusiasm. Speed trumps accuracy on the battlefield’.
Sergeant – Royal Marines Young Officer Training
During the Korean War, the USAF shot down enemy planes at a ratio of 10:1. By Vietnam, they were losing planes at a ratio of 10:1 – Why?
The explanation can be found in a theory called the OODA Loop (Observe, Orientate, Decide, Act) developed by Colonel John Boyd USAF.
In this talk, I will introduce the concept of the OODA Loop and explain how it relates to business. I will use examples of businesses that have failed (Kodak, Blockbusters) vs. businesses that have been very successful (Apple, Netflix) to explain that it is not the strongest organisation that survives – but the one that is most adaptable to change.