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Kelly Odell

– Speaker, Author, Educator, Leadership Coach

Kelly Odell has been inspiring and entertaining groups all over the world for more than 20 years.  His practical and executable insights into leadership, change, motivation and employee engagment not only leave audiences feeling inspired they are also better equipped to take the next steps in their own development as leaders and employees.

Kelly trained for the ministry in the US and then studied business in Sweden at the Stockholm School of Economics. In 1984 he came Sweden to meet friends, stayed for love and has chalked up an impressive career, first as a business executive and later to become one of Sweden’s most sought after public speakers, leadership educators and author. Having held positions like the head of Telia Mobile, Sweden, head of Whirlpool Corporation in Sweden, and Vice President for Sales at Volvo Cars, Sweden, to name a few, Kelly brings management theory to life with examples from the real world.

Meet Kelly Odell, Swedish-American who the Swedish business magazine “Veckans Affärer” (Business Week) named one of Sweden’s most influential foreigners.

Kelly evokes debate with his articles and blog posts. Kelly’s blog posts are collected on this site’s  Leadership Blog. Under Tools for Leadership you will find practical tips, models, templates, checklists and other leadership tools that you as a manager can use in your daily work.

Why not follow Kelly’s “Podcast for Leaders” where he discusses various issues related to leadership and management or check out Kelly’s recommended reading for managers ” Books for Leaders ” where he lists books that all leaders should read. Kelly’s book “The Human Way” is available on Amazon: (Available on Amazon UK in August and Amazon US in October). Go to Amazon

More About Kelly

The Human Way

In this counter-intuitive book for managers, the author argues that no one is perfect and that success as a leader is not about being perfect and always doing the right thing; it is about accepting your own humanity and adopting a number of down-to-earth attitudes and values…

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    “Kelly is one of the best speakers I have ever hired for the many events I have organized over the years. He is not only extremely knowledgable and highly experienced in fields of leadership, sales, and marketing but he also has a rhetorical gift that he uses with great success. I can warmly recommend him and will most definitely use him for similar assignments in the near future.”

    Mattias Fahlén, CEO & co-founder, expoGlobal24 & expoIT24

    Instead of a traditional factual and product related presentation of new data and sales figures, which we from HQ have done several times at previous internal sales and marketing meetings, this year we decided to engage Kelly to do an inspiring, motivational talk. This really proved to be a good idea and a tremendous success. He prepared himself extremely well and held an very creative, but still highly relevant and inspiring presentation, which appears to be very well remembered by all affiliate representatives I talked to.

    Jonas Eberhard, Int Medical manager at H. Lundbeck A / S

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    Kelly’s lectures are packed with examples from real life and he has been called the master of metaphors for his ability to use practical everyday examples to clarify complex situations.

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