Mark Hodgson


I love to speak. Always have. The fact that I now get paid to talk is a bonus. In today’s wired world, there's something precious in the shared experience of the ‘live’ performance. I’ve always loved literature and stories and words. But most of all, I love ideas and the challenge of connecting them to solve the very real problems and opportunities that we have in a way the informs, entertains and inspires.

I speak on change, leadership, transformation and thought leadership. Recent keynotes are below, but I love to create bespoke experiences, so contact me to discuss your needs.

Getting ready to lead in a VUCA World
Mark Hodgson explores 7 key leadership ideas that we need to embrace if we are to lead successfully in a world that is Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. It is an exploration of our need to move our thinking to a higher level, to unleash the creative and emotional side of our brain and to stand up as human, vulnerable yet resilient leaders.

The Thought Leadership Advantage
How to elevate the thinking and profile of key staff to drive performance, develop talent and enhance culture.

Thought leadership is at the heart of getting close to customers. There's no better way to engage clients, enthuse staff and drive performance than to develop the thinking of your best people and have them powerfully connect that with the marketplace. It's about strategically positioning your key employees as market innovators, futurists and influencers. Mark Hodgson introduces the big picture principles and explains how your people can build the confidence they need to make a difference.

Creating Brain Friendly Cultures to Drive Performance
We live in a ‘VUCA’ world of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity and have responded by leaning on our people, asking them to do more with less. Stress levels have increased and mental health issues are increasingly common. Unsurprisingly, performance suffers. We need to rethink our approach to leadership and find a better way to unite the wellbeing of both our people and our business.

In this keynote, Mark Hodgson explores how we can use a neuroscience-based approach to build the brain-friendly cultures that businesses now need to succeed. He unpacks the four pillars of the About My Brain Institute’s i4 Neuroleadership model and shows how we can develop the Performance, Collaboration, Innovation and Agility abilities of our people. The result is happier, more resilient, flexible and engaged staff and increased business performance.
Mark Hodgson