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Expert on High Performance

Paul Rulkens

Paul Rulkens is a global keynote speaker. He is an expert on the topic of strategic high performance

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Specialist Subjects

1. The Psychology of Innovation – How to innovate when you’re already on top of your game

One of the biggest business myths is that innovation is expensive, takes a lot of time, and involves huge risks. What if most successful innovations are actually cheap, fast, and almost risk free? In this popular talk, Paul will discuss an intriguing, practical, and proven approach to make high performance innovation accessible for everyone. Application of these ideas will give you the opportunity to take control of reinventing yourself, and stand apart in the market place like a tall giraffe, surrounded by tiny field mice.

Main takeaways:

  • How to quickly and cheaply innovate to outsmart your competition
  • How to build a high-performance innovation culture
  • How to create a bias in your organization for taking massive action on good ideas
2. Secrets of Strategic Quitting - How to Thrive in Turbulent Times

What’s the big secret to take back control in turbulent times and turn uncertainty into opportunity? The answer is strategic quitting: A systematic approach to take out everything which makes you fragile and become much more robust in the process. In this thought-provoking talk, Paul will discuss radical, but highly effective strategies to use strategic quitting to rapidly transform your business and make it ready for anything.

Main takeaways:

  • How to apply strategic quitting to achieve your most important goals.
  • How to create a courageous culture of achieving more by doing less.
  • How to build on strengths to get everything you can out of everything you already got.


3. Leaving the Field Behind – How the best get better

How do successful people, teams, and organizations become even more successful? In this entertaining, fascinating, and confronting talk, Paul will not only explain, but also let you experience the inner workings of your brain, and how this affects your own leadership behavior. As a result, you will be inspired with practical ideas to take more, better, and smarter initiatives to significantly raise the bar.

Main takeaways:

  • How to focus on the few things necessary for business and professional success
  • How to rapidly build high performance habits for you and your team
  • How to inspire yourself and others to move to the top 10% in your business or professional field
4. The Lean Mean Execution Machine – Why you don’t have to be ill to get better

Business and professional success is predictable: If you want to achieve results you have never achieved before, you need to do things you have never done before. In this popular talk, Paul will discuss the most important counter intuitive, almost controversial, but highly effective strategies to rapidly move towards achieving big, ambitious goals.

Main takeaways:

  • How to create a high-performance execution culture
  • How to strategically quit your way to achieve big goals
  • How to achieve twice the results in half of the time
5. Slingshot – How successful engineers become great business leaders

How can you accelerate your business career as an executive, manager, or professional with an engineering background? The road to business success for leaders with engineering backgrounds is common and predictable, but not always obvious: There is a method to the madness.

This talk is full of thought-provoking insights, practical ideas, and pragmatic techniques to help you get everything you can out of everything you have by specifically applying your specific engineering strengths.

Main takeaways:

  • How to take control of your leadership career and achieve ambitious business goals
  • How to be more effective as a leader with an engineering background by avoiding behaviors that mask your strengths
  • How to improve your own executive judgment and decision making




"Paul, I wanted to thank you for coming to join us in Barcelona"

Paul, I wanted to thank you for coming to join us in Barcelona last week and for your excellent keynote speech.  Your topic of innovation was positioned exactly right in the context of our overall ...

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Stephen Hall from McKinsey & Company
Marcel Knols

"Inspiring our stake holders is a constant challenge which needs excellent audience orientated communication and story telling skills. If you can bring our message in an inspiring and attractive way ...

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Marcel from Holland Casino
"Our portfolio event was a huge success with many participants weeks later continuing to refer to the metaphors shared and applying them!"

We organised a portfolio event for a diverse group of leaders who are investors in the companies they lead and in which we also invest. One of our goals was to create an environment whereby each ...

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Lizette Sint from Rabo private equity
"Paul’s use of humour and delivery of message always ensures that our colleagues remain engaged throughout our meetings"

"We have worked with Paul for the past couple of years as we have taken a journey of improving the performance of our business. Paul always challenges our thinking and conveys his thoughts and ...

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Paddy Mullaney from Greif Inc
Raymond Maas

"Paul has really helped my leadership team in developing new insights and strategies for focus and business development. He is inspiring in content, a great storyteller and also a focussed advisor; ...

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Raymond from AMI consultancy
"He will boost you with positive ideas and will leave you with a friendly smile".

"Paul has a very clear and down-to-earth approach how to accelerate high performance organisations. His undoubtable scientific knowledge combined with his typical sense of humour, will give you a ...

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Arjan van Oosten from Grant Thorton
"Impressive, clever, educational and entertaining"

"Every two years, Dutch purchasing directors gather in the so called Erenstein conference. The objective of the conference is to have more questions than answers. A conference without consultants and ...

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Radboud van Hal from Achmea
"Paul’s presentation was fun and created a lot of energy as he connects and interacts well with the audience"

"Paul’s contribution to the Ordina Open Innovation Days was insightful, constructive and even provocative. The combination of powerful insights into human behaviour and humor gave the audience food ...

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Stepan Breedveld from Ordina
"We would strongly recommend you to anyone looking for a new perspective!"

"I am writing to say a big THANK YOU for your wonderful presentation yesterday – also on behalf of our CEO and the whole team. We’ve received a lot of great feedback from the participants. You ...

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Sarah Hermann from MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group

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