Chris is a master of transformation. His unique energetic approach challenges businesses to embed a dynamic creative culture within their company ethos. Brands such as Nike, Coca-Cola, Diageo, Unilever, Sony and WPP come back time and again as his results produce tangible returns on investment. The impact of his work with Unilever was recently featured in the Harvard Business Review.
A talk delivered by Chris is, well, quite simply, like no other you will have experienced before. Chris’s life mission is people (with a side line in guitar playing!) This ethos, combined with a wealth of experience in innovation and leadership across 6 continents, means Chris’ talks are memorable, interactive and human.
Through humour, charisma and expertise, Chris brings out the potential in everybody and people leave not just inspired and energised, but thinking a little differently about the world: Equipped with tangible skills to deliver immediate change to their lives. The Guardian recently summed up Chris’s style as ‘a long haired twinkly eyed cross between Richard Branson and a wizard’, which paints the most accurate picture: A dynamic business change-maker with a magical hippy vibe.
After starting his career in the army, realising he was a lover rather than a ﬁghter, he took a u-turn into brand management before immersing himself into the world of innovation and leadership development. Chris’s leadership consultancy, Upping Your Elvis, is inspired by musician and philanthropist Bono’s signature question ‘who’s Elvis round here?’ meaning ‘who’s the guy that makes things happen?’ Upping Your Elvis’ mantra is driven by the belief that everyone has a bit of Elvis inside them, by unleashing this innate human genius the planet will be a more engaged and fulﬁlling place for everybody.
Chris has spoken at TEDx, inspirational ideas festival The Do Lectures and the world’s largest leadership event Leadercast, where he also had the honour of interviewing Apples’ co-founder Steve Wozniak live on stage. Chris’s work has featured in media such as The Guardian, The Sunday Times and Fast Company, and he writes monthly columns for GQ magazine, Psychologies magazine, The Hufﬁngton Post and British Airways’ Business Life magazine.
With three bestselling books under his belt: How to Have Kick-Ass ideas, Shine: How to survive and thrive at work and Free: Love your work, love your life, Chris launched his latest mission Wake Up! Escaping a Life on Autopilot in 2017. Wake Up! the book published in the UK in January 2017 (September 2017 in the USA) alongside Wake Up! the app, with broadcast coverage including The BBC and media such as Cosmopolitan magazine. His books have become best sellers including the title of no 1 best selling business book in the UK.
Chris has worked with The Nike Foundation to help teenage girls escape the poverty cycle in Africa. His other philanthropic venture is as co-founder of Street Wisdom, a social enterprise which explores the idea that urban environments are full of wisdom and answers which people can learn to tune into. He lives in Dorset, England, with his family, a sea view, his beloved 35 year old Land Rover and a selection of paddleboards and guitars.
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