Leadership, Conflict Resolution & Working with Nelson Mandela | Get To Know Our Talent Rob Redenbach | Facilitator & Keynote Speaker
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Leadership, Conflict Resolution & Working with Nelson Mandela | Get To Know Our Talent Rob Redenbach | Facilitator & Keynote Speaker - 11 December 2019

Leadership, Conflict Resolution & Working with Nelson Mandela | Get To Know Our Talent Rob Redenbach | Facilitator & Keynote Speaker

Rob Redenbach's incredible life story has inspired high-performing corporate teams in more than 70 cities around the world. His signature presentation, Baghdad & Beyond, works equally as both a keynote and after-dinner speech. A highly experienced facilitator, Rob provides 4-hour Leadership Without Rank interactive workshops that equip existing and emerging leaders with practical tools for building collaborative, resilient teams. Get to know more about our motivational leadership speaker by reading on.

Can you share your background in conflict resolution? 

30+ years ago I worked in pubs and nightclubs dealing with drunken punters. Since then I've studied postgraduate law and facilitated professional mediation for senior leaders in industries ranging from mining to finance and beyond. In between those two extremes, I've also managed a security company in Papua New Guinea and worked with aid-agencies in the Middle East. 

On a more personal level; I'm fortunate to be married with five children and, as wonderful as they are, any parent will tell you that managing conflict goes hand-in-hand with being a parent!

What is the key to building collaborative, resilient teams? 

The key to building an effective team (including collaborative, resilient ones) is understanding that smart leaders don't have to be the smartest person in the room, they just have to be smart enough not to let their own ego get in the way of a good result. When a leader understands that, they become more open to listening to the views of the people around them and in the process they create a culture of collaboration where team members feel appreciated and respected. 

As for building resilient teams: that happens, in part, by understanding that stress is not the problem; the problem is a lack of recovery. Just as an athlete incorporates rest and recovery into their training regime, so too should business teams factor in recovery. The details of what recovery looks like can vary, but include things such as social events, off-site conferences and training sessions that have application in both business and life.

Tell us about your work with Nelson Mandela? 

Initially, my work with Nelson Mandela was teaching unarmed combat to be his bodyguards, but over time my training program progressed to include non-physical techniques and strategies for reducing conflict and building trust. In the process of that refinement and progression, my position in South Africa became more permanent which in turn facilitated opportunities to do things like accompany the President and his team to rallies in places such as KwaZulu-Natal. 

On a personal level, when the President heard that I'd married a South African he was generous enough to invite my wife and I along to the Presidential Estate to have lunch with him. Other interactions with the President included him taking the time to have his photo taken with my wife and our children shortly before we moved to Australia. 

What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in life?

1) Keep learning. The Japanese have a term for the idea of continuous improvement: kaizen. Put simply, kaizen is the reverse of complacency. It’s a practical understanding that by consistently addressing small flaws and defects, large improvements will be achieved over time. On top of that, deliberately seeking out new knowledge and experiences not only provides personal satisfaction, it also better equips you with a flexible mindset for dealing with the one constant in life: change. 

2) Work with people you respect and trust. From what I've seen if there isn't some form of disagreement &/or healthy debate in a team it's a strong indicator of sub-optimal performance. That said, too much conflict is soul-destroying. If the people you are working with are consistently nit-picking, petty and confrontational then, really, you need to move on. Long term, no one wins in a toxic environment and life is too short to do things like waking up in the middle of the night dreading the next day because you know it'll be full of unnecessary arguments.  

 

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