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  • Apart from the very insightful content and great techniques I thought the delivery was the best I’ve ever seen – very human and hilarious (and I have high comedy standards ;-))

    Olivia Diamond, Commercial Progamme Manager, Diageo

  • Chris leads the most amazing, inspiring, and self-changing events. They’ve had a profound impact in my life and on my work. He has the uncanny ability to help individuals and companies change – change for the better, more profitable, more joyful. Chris helped me discover my real talents and desires. Working with him has changed my life.

    Jeff Semenchuk, Chief Innovation Officer at Hyatt Hotels Corporation

  • A lot of the motivation ideas and support to transform the commercial team has come from Upping Your Elvis.

    Fru Hazlitt, Managing Director, Commercial and Online, ITV

  • I can say without hyperbole that my week with Chris, Jim and the rest of the Elvis team down in Lyme Regis was one of the most enriching experiences I've had in my career. I immediately came away from the course with a new armoury of skills to help bring out my own creativity and that of others. Months on I am still feeling the effect of how the course has helped me to grow personally, in ways both tangible and tacit.

    Sarah Borland, Director MediaCom

  • It’s not the instrument that makes the music, it’s the player. So much emphasis in the world of innovation and creativity is placed on process, tools and techniques. Chris fully understands it’s the people who make the magic not the structure. Chris is a master at bringing out the creative spark in people to turn dust into something that matters, so that in the words of John Lennon, “We all shine on."

    John Van Vleck, Global Director, Insights, Ideas and Creativity The Coca-Cola Company

  • The guys are exceptionally good at what they do. I was making a list of the most influential people or things in my career and this was in the top 3.

    Chris Binns, Managing Partner MediaCom

  • Since starting my business, my group of Personal Trainers have delivered over 60,000 sessions. That’s 60,000 sessions being delivered with more “elvis” than last year…that’s pretty cool!

    Chris Burgess, Personal Trainer, after reading Shine!

  • Our Upping Your Elvis experience was quite exceptional. They engaged, enlightened and entertained us with a 4 hour workshop that was a highlight of our conference. This was all the more impressive as the audience were 250-plus scientists-leaders who normally have a healthy (!) sense of skepticism about interactive workshops. We had fun. We learned. They exceeded our expectations.

    Ron Fuchs, Head of Comms Roche

  • Our success [as Media Week Sales Team of the Year] is in no small measure down to the work we have done with Upping Your Elvis

    Simon Daglish, Commercial Director ITV

  • In a rapidly changing world what differentiates successful companies from average ones is IDEAS. ELVIS unleashes the creative power of people in my team who are enabled to provide creative leadership to help others translate insights into big ideas.

    Stan Sthanunathan, Consumer & Market Insights, Unilever

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The Creative Spark no 13

  - This is how some of our days looked here at Elvis HQ this month during our workshops for ITV. We hit Lyme Regis seafront for a literal blue ... read more

The Creative Spark no 13

Elvis's mission is to help people and businesses realise their creative potential. Once you discover this potential, good stuff happens. The Creative ... read more

Are You Driven to Distraction ?

Distraction is my kryptonite. At worst, I actively go looking for it (usually when my energy is dipping.) At best, I am continually in a fight to ... read more

The Creative Spark - No 12

Elvis's mission is to help people and businesses realise their creative potential. Once you discover this potential, good stuff happens. The Creative ... read more

Enjoy the Silence: Why Teams Must Allow Time To Think

People in business are busy, but allowing people thinking time will deliver spectacular results. Recent research suggests that 30% of knowledge ... read more

The Creative Spark - No 10

Elvis's mission is to help people and businesses realise their creative potential. Once you discover this potential, good stuff happens. The Creative ... read more

The Creative Spark - No 9

Elvis's mission is to help people and businesses realise their creative potential. Once you discover this potential, good stuff happens. The Creative ... read more

The Creative Spark - No 8

Elvis's mission is to help people and businesses realise their creative potential. Once you discover this potential, good stuff happens. The Creative ... read more

To Grow Your Business, Let Your People Think

Life is full of statistics. We hear them all the time but very few of them have enough punch to create a reaction. When I heard that if we keep ... read more

Emulating the Eddie Jones England Rugby Leadership Style

As an England rugby fan, Eddie Jones was always the enemy. A small, chippy Aussie who was out to get us; unpredictable, cunning and cutting in his ... read more

The Creative Spark - No 3

Elvis's mission is to help people and businesses realise their creative potential. Once you discover this potential, good stuff happens. The Creative ... read more

UK Sport Leadership Development: From Rio to Tokyo

Last month, Chris and I were lucky enough to work with UK Sport for a few days. These are the people behind the fantastic success of the Team GB ... read more

The Creative Spark - No 2

Elvis's mission is to help people and businesses realise their creative potential. Once you discover this potential, good stuff happens. The Creative ... read more

Embracing the Opportunity of Change

It's always been an ‘interesting' time to be alive, but there does seem to be something in the water at the moment. I'm writing this blog with Donald ... read more

Creativity is King

Creativity is an over used word with a sometimes confused definition. It is not about having the ability to draw, or paint or take great photographs. ... read more

Top Tips for Unplugging & Unwinding on Holiday

If there’s one thing you need to remember this Summer, it is that ‘Do not disturb’ means ‘Do not disturb’! Having some time to unplug and unwind is ... read more

Our Top 5 Creative Leadership Reads

Bravo! The holidays are upon us and the eternal conundrum of what to read whilst we are relaxing, pool-side has reared its head. Creative Leadership ... read more

ElvisFest 2016

July saw a sunny Elvis HQ host 10 supremely motivated Upping Your Elvis Mastery graduates for our inaugural ElvisFest. Upping Your Elvis’ mission ... read more

Don’t Forget To Breathe

It is not new news that the likes of Apple, Nike, Google, Yahoo, Procter & Gamble and McKinsey & Co all embrace employee meditation and yoga classes ... read more

6 Tips for a Top Creative Session

During my time at Elvis, I have had the pleasure of working with thousands of people and never cease to be amazed by the scale of the creative ... read more

TedX – Chris Baréz-Brown – Discover your true creative self

Chris had a thoroughly good time speaking at TedX Utrecht a few weeks ago. He learnt plenty from the amazing speakers on the day as well taking some ... read more

MinuteHack on Creativity and Intuition

The Elvis team are committed to enabling their clients to access the creative potential and entrepreneurial spirit of their leaders. They are always ... read more

How To Build A Culture Of Innovation – New Book

Chris was chuffed to be asked to contribute to this fascinating new book ‘Building a Culture of Innovation’, published by Kogan Page on December 3rd. ... read more

Embrace Imperfection and Be More Productive

John Legere, the 57 year old bad boy CEO of T Mobile has 1.3 million followers on Twitter and he is nothing like your run of the mill corporate ... read more

Creative Leadership Research on Slideshare

Following a few requests, we have re-formatted our Creative Leadership research conducted by YouGov into a slideshare. Proof if you ever need it as ... read more

We Rise By Lifting Others – Lessons From A Great Leader

Albert Einstein had a sign outside of his office which read “Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot ... read more

Infographic – Why Creative Leaders are More Effective

Download Infographic as pdf. Download Infographic as jpeg. At Upping Your Elvis we know that Creative Leaders are more effective leaders. They are ... read more

How to access the power of your subconscious, easily, every day

Wikipedia Extract ‘In psychology, the subconscious is the part of consciousness that is not currently in focal awareness. The word “subconscious” ... read more

5 lessons for business from the world of sport

The world will become oval shaped later this year, when Britain hosts the Rugby World Cup. As a once keen (but not particularly talented) player and ... read more

How Synergy Sponsorship upped their creative leadership with Elvis

Synergy, the leading sports sponsorship agency of the Engine Group, recently made a hugely successful investment in its people’s creativity by ... read more

The Creativity Dividend- God bless Adobe!

I always admire how Adobe puts some rigour behind the subject of creativity. Obviously their business lives and dies by people embracing ... read more

Leadership development with Leadercast

According to the Global Human Capital Trends 2014 report ‘The #1 talent issue facing organizations of any size is Leadership. Fully 86% of ... read more

4 common behaviours of Media Week award winners

Over the past few years, Upping Your Elvis has done a lot of work in the exciting world of media both on agency and owner side. We have worked at ... read more

Creative Leadership speaking events coming up

Summer is in retreat and autumn is gathering apace, with the nights drawing in and mornings growing chillier. Are you and your team feeling a little ... read more

7 ways to get more from creativity courses

‘Creativity training’ is like marmite. On the one hand it’s an attractive word that offers itself as the potential solution to all those irksome ... read more

6 Ways to Nurture Your Creative Leadership Skills

Over the course of a year we train and coach hundreds of creative leaders in a wide array of businesses from media and entertainment to ... read more

The Power To Create – Matthew Taylor CEO RSA

Last week, the Chief Executive of the RSA gave his annual lecture, entitled “The Power to Create”, in which he outlined the RSA’s core mission to ... read more

Career Stylist Kelly Studer shares her experience of an Elvis Mastery course

Kelly jumped on a flight from San Fran to be a guest in one of our Unilever Mastery courses. This is her story. ‘It all started back in September ... read more

Are women in business beginning to see cracks in the glass ceiling?

Last month, Lord Davies of Abersoch published his third annual progress report into Women on Boards, which coincided with the Cranfield University ... read more

First Shine course specifically designed for senior women

Shine is a programme designed to empower women to go for what they really want in their careers and to not play small or hide in their comfort zones. ... read more

Monty Python – Creative Leaders of their time

It really has been the decade of the reunion and comeback. The Stones Roses have had their second Second Coming, Robbie Williams let go of his ... read more

Brian Cannon designer for Verve & Oasis

This is a great Elvis tale of self belief. Brian Cannon of Microdot designed album covers for rock stars Verve & Oasis in the 90’s. As a design ... read more

Don’t Forget the YOU in Productivity

Matt Bolton talks about productivity I have just read this really interesting article in Fast Company and it got me thinking. The ... read more

Creating More Senior Women Role Models – Shine

Why Shine? Despite the progress of the past few years, there is still a critical shortage of women in senior positions to bring the diversity of ... read more

Malcolm Gladwell and the underdog

On a windy Monday evening I booked a last minute ticket to go and see kooky curly-haired New Yorker Malcolm Gladwell do a talk at the Lyceum ... read more

Were You Born for Creative Leadership?

Thanks heavens for human nature. We are all built differently.  The world would be a boring place otherwise! We all bring something special to the ... read more

What can we learn from Lou Reed about creativity?

In this great article from Fast Company which gets to the heart of what made Lou Reed unique, there are some very good and simple principles which ... read more

Bounce Back From Failure – Habits of Resilient People

At Upping Your Elvis we believe everyone has an innate and unique creative spin on the world. We can all solve problems, explore possibilities ... read more

Where Ideas Happen

To bring out people’s creativity it is important, first and foremost, to understand the creative process. With a veritable glut of research on the ... read more

How to Bring Out the Leader Inside You

One of the universally accepted definitions of leadership is to be able to influence and motivate others to fulfil a particular task. Despite this ... read more

Leadership Training

This article by Matt first appeared in Training Journal on 12th ... read more

Are You Engaged?

I was speaking to a client a few weeks ago who posed the question “Matt, can you do a session on employee engagement for our whole company?” I ... read more

"Team building is so passe"...or is it?

This team building article by Jim was first published by BDaily on 22nd May ... read more

Confidence and top tips from the world of Parkour

It always surprises me what sensitive souls we all are. Sensitivity is a wonderful trait that allows us to empathise, make connections and open up ... read more

Creativity training …what does it actually mean?

This article by Jim first appeared on Brand Republic on 2nd May. Can you train people to be more creative? Aren’t some people just more creative ... read more

" I am a Motivational Speaker" (never thought I would say that!)

When I first went to Mexico a few years ago I met a load of new people in one hit.  After the first few pleasantries – “what’s your name?” and “where ... read more

Creative Leadership

Upping your Elvis specialise in helping organisations improve their creative leadership capability with our products for creative leadership. But ... read more

The Wisdom of the Street

Last week Upping Your Elvis had the pleasure of partnering with the wonderful David Pearl in what was a most fantastic experiment. We assembled ... read more

The Wisdom of the Street

Last week Upping Your Elvis had the pleasure of partnering with the wonderful David Pearl in what was a most fantastic experiment. We assembled ... read more

Horizon - The Creative Brain: How Insight Works

Last night’s Horizon - 'The Creative Brain: How Insight Works' is a must see. It was an exploration into how we get those moments of insight using ... read more

Laughing Matters

We often tell our clients, when things are tough and getting sticky one of the best things to do is laugh about it. In most cases it works as people ... read more

‘Feedback’ … the word that can still send shivers

We have worked with senior teams for many years and something still amazes us. Whenever we mention the word ‘feedback’, it’s as if the room ... read more

If Not Now Then When?

This week a good friend of mine, Byron, invited me to an intimate gig at the Purcell Rooms on the Southbank. It made me think a lot. First of all, ... read more

Why your boss should let you stay in bed longer and you should bunk out of meetings

Ideas are the lifeblood of business. Over the years the team at Upping Your Elvis have asked thousands of people where they have their best ideas. In ... read more

Whole Or Handicapped?

We have a problem. It may not be that apparent, but its effects are devastating. It's an insidious evil that is potentially even more destructive ... read more

Got An Easy But Powerful New Year’s Resolution For You

It really does feel like the first days back at school. People are making the normal noises such as ‘how were your holidays?’ and others are ... read more

Life's An Experiment... Get Active

Often in business, we make life hard for ourselves. We do so by believing that if we think hard enough and leverage our massive brain power, we can ... read more

Starting a Creative (MO)vement - Learnings from Movember

Over the past couple of weeks we have been noticing quite a lot of fluff hovering above the upper lips of our clients.  After a moment of thinking “a ... read more

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