Kelly exudes a genuine warmth and commitment that inspires and enthuses his audiences. One participant said after hearing Kelly speak that “it wasn’t a lecture, it wasn’t a show, it was an experience!”. He fascinates audiences from start to finish as he tackles many of the most widely held “beliefs” about management, leadership, motivation, and employee engagement and turns them inside out.
Everyone recognizes themselves in the stories that Kelly shares from his own life. Kelly’s focus is on understanding and integrating the needs of the individual and the needs of the organization. His audiences are not only inspired to become better managers and better employees, they are also equipped with practical, implementable tips and ideas that they can begin working with immediately. Kelly helps employees understand their roles and their purpose and he helps managers get people on board and keep them there.
Kelly is an outstanding speaker with a disarming honesty and contagious humor that goes straight to the hearts and minds of any audience. A true storyteller, Kelly draws on his own long experience in global organizations to exemplify key concepts in the areas of leadership, employee engagement, change and motivation. Kelly delivers pragmatic, executable insights that lead to real improvement in individual and organizational performance.
In this counter-intuitive book for managers “The Human Way – The Ten Commandments for (Im)Perfect Leaders, Kelly 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.
Read a few of the early reviews of “The Human Way” here:
This book is one of the most “genuine” leadership books I have seen. Kelly Odell presents a very honest and pragmatic perspective based to a great extent on his own growth as a leader. Having worked closely with Kelly for many years, I see his values clearly reflected in the pages of this book. The real life values of a successful and a very human leader.
Bengt Engström, former executive vice president of Whirlpool Corporation and former president of Fujitsu, Nordic
There are a few things I look for in a good business book, a strong premise, great insight and actionable advice. Kelly’s book has all of these in spades and it all adds up to a great book that I can highly recommend.
Kevin Jackson, Director of Ideas and Innovation, The Experience is the Marketing, President of ILEA UK
How can you not love a book that preaches humility as a leader and at the same time encourages you to never be afraid to tell your company to go to hell!
Micael Dahlén, Professor of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics
Through his company Astrakan Strategic Management Training, Kelly and his colleagues have educated managers and employees for more than 20 years in a broad range of areas such as leadership and communication, project management, change management, business development, systems development and much more.
The Human Way
Have you heard it all before? Looking for something new – beyond tools and models? The human way is a 3 day workshop of co-creation facilitated by Kelly Odell.
Together we take on the challenge of people, power and relations. Territories where there are no easy answers but you still need to find an approach and philosophy as a leader. To choose your way to lead; with roots in your organization’s purpose and values as well as your function. To strive toward a state of conciousness where you can take a step back and reason before you take action.
When it comes down to business our actions as leaders always rings louder than words. Actions gives us momentum. Actions show what you demand of yourself and sets an example of what kind of behavior you expect.
– And that’s also why it’s important to find smarter ways to reason before we act.
Read more about the course: The Human Way at Astrakan.se
Programs tailored to your needs with OBM
We think of all training as a change initiative and apply the principles of organizational behavior management (OBM) when we design our programs. We break down your goals into supporting and key behaviors that need to be developed or increased in frequency in order for you to succeed as individuals as well as an organization.
The learning experience
We believe in case based experiential learning. When applicable we prefer to use sharp examples from your real life situation as foundation for our exercises and workshops. Otherwise we use case studies or fictitious cases – often you get to follow the same one all through the training occasion.
Read more about the course: Leadership Development at Astrakan.se
Change leadership and readiness
Change leadership is about creating an agile and vigilant organization – ready to seize opportunities and craft the future of the company. To go from an emergent need of change to a state of continuos improvement, empowerment and change readiness.
Our program for Change Leaders provides tools, tactics and an 8-step method that supports you through the process of change management and the vision of an organization steeped in the climate of change.
Read more about the course: Change Leadership at Astrakan.se
“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.”
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.
Kelly is an amazing speaker! He always get’s the attention and he always delivers top quality speeches in any topic in the area of leadership, management and communication! My profession is to arrange conferences and Kelly really stands out! He has a fantastic leadership experience and a really interesting background and he always know the right way to adress any audience!”
WE CAN’T CHANGE EVERYTHING BUT THAT SHOULDN’T GET IN THE WAY OF CHANGING WHAT WE CAN