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.
Paddy Upton Speaker - Profile
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.
Paddy is an acclaimed speaker, Head Coach in international cricket, a university Professor, and mental coach to professional athletes from 10 countries and 11 different sports. His unique and out-the-box approach to leadership, coaching and performance has seen him described as ‘one of the best coaches’ and ‘the most innovative coach’ in the world. His over 150 keynotes in 40 cities across five continents, include glowing references from Boeing, Dell, General Electric, Google, Microsoft, Unilever and many more, and ‘consistently being rated the highest scoring speaker’ at conferences in the USA, Australia and South Africa.
He is described as a ‘delightfully entertaining’, ‘authentic’, ‘inspiring’ story-teller, with an ‘amazing ability to translate his message to be relevant and applicable across industries’.
Some of his diverse accomplishments include:
His early reward was to have the majority of sports administrators and coaches disregard his work, as they held onto more traditional methods.
Being told “that won’t work” served to motivate Paddy to the point where he is currently recognised as one of the most innovative coaches in the world.
He was recently appointed as a Professor of Practice at Deakin University’s Business School (Australia), is currently mental coach to professional athletes from multiple sporting codes, leadership coach to business executives and teams, a professional speaker and is Head Coach in four of the worlds premier T20 cricket tournaments, in India (IPL), Australia (BBL), Dubai (PSL) and South Africa (T20 GL).
Paddy claims he does all this to support his surfing, stand-up paddling and fishing habits.
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.
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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 organisations 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…