Chris Barez-Brown
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Best selling author, speaker and business beatnik Chris Baréz-Brown has a rather unusual view of the world in that he knows that everybody is perfect.
As we grow, develop and socialise we can lose touch with that brilliance and often become somebody we’re not.

Chris founded his Dorset based company Upping Your Elvis in 2009 to help people reconnect with their inner genius and once again become confident in being who they truly are. Although that may seem rather hippie to some, his results produce tangible returns on investment for companies such as Unilever, Nike, Diageo and ITV, who come back time and again for his unique and energetic approach to transforming their people and their businesses.The Guardian recently described Chris as a long haired, twinkly eyed cross between Richard Branson and a wizard.

He combines an eclectic professional background including time in the army, brand management, innovation and leadership development, with his fascination for people and the more esoteric practices of Reiki, meditation, shamanism, hypnotherapy and cider drinking. All of which make his take on work refreshing, simple and inspiring.

Chris is the author of How to Have Kick-Ass Ideas, a best-selling Harper Collins book. His second book, Shine – How to Survive and Thrive at Work published by Penguin, was lauded “Business Book of the Month”. His third book, FREE!: Love Your Work, Love Your Life helps us further shake up our view of how we can be even more extraordinary in business.

Entries by Chris Barez-Brown

The New Cure for Meeting Sickness

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 8:22 AM

A great friend's father has a printing company in Scandinavia. They have a complete ban on planned meetings. There is one organised meeting a year and that is to discuss the Christmas party! Agreeably this is not tenable in all businesses but a great ethos to work towards.


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How to Stop Getting Cross at Work

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 8:59 AM

The pace of change in technology, society and innovation has accelerated continually in the last 50 years and become an exciting high speed journey along the information superhighway.

With this speed comes impatience. We now expect that Web pages load in a quarter of a second, but two seconds...

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Don't Just Stand There, Do Something!

(1) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 3:46 PM

In the past 6 months Uber has lost its CFO and Pimco its CEO both citing wanting to spend more time with their families as the reason for leaving. Google's CFO Patrick Pichette also quit his $5 million job after 7 years at what is declared to be the most...

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Growing Leaders

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 1:07 PM

We need extraordinary leaders today more than ever. We need them to help us deal with the ambiguity and volatility of the business environment and to love every minute of it.

Those leaders need to be confident in getting 'lost' and trying new things out. They must be human and...

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Assess Your Happiness This Christmas

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 8:58 AM

As we enjoy the festive season, and most of us look forward to a bit of time away from work, we have an opportunity to reflect on our working life and ask ourselves how happy we are in our work.

Researchers for the London School of Economics recently attempted to...

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Creative Leadership - How to Be Elvis

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 10:50 PM

I'm always fascinated by how people approach their daily working lives so we recently undertook some research of our own, with the help of YouGov, to find out a little bit more about what makes you tick and what brings you down. In light of our findings, here...

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The Nature of Work

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 2:02 PM

For most of us, work is a necessity. We need to earn money to provide shelter and sustenance (and allow our next HBO box set of course). Money makes the world go 'round, and without it we are stymied. No money means no choice. No choice means no fun. And...

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Stop Whingeing and Smile!

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 10:40 AM

Last Friday I missed my train by three minutes.

It meant I had to wait another hour to get home and therefore missed dinner with my wife. I had been on the road for over a week in countless different hotels, had travelled far and wide and therefore was...

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Street Wisdom - Answers Are Everywhere

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 10:47 AM

We are busier than ever, constantly bombarded by digital messages and being over-stimulated on all fronts. Never has multi-tasking been more prevalent and did you know that multi-tasking can reduce your IQ by 10 points?

Ironically the result of all this busy-ness and relentless hunger for information and news...

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Free! Love Your Work, Love Your Life

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 7:19 PM

We live life on a spectrum.

At one end we are busy little worker ants, head down rushing around with bags of doing energy, always buzzing off to our next diary entry. When I get off the train in London, this is largely what I see everywhere. We often forget...

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Mischievous Creativity - why being bad can be good for business

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 7:05 PM

Our brains play by the rules. They love to think that what they have seen before is what we are seeing today. They look for similarities from past experience and therefore assume that things haven't changed. By having views like that we are naturally blinkered to what could be fantastic...

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Mandela: The Ultimate Leader of Leaders

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 4:34 PM

Everything has been said, but we still wanted to add our voice to those who have been feting Nelson Mandela as the greatest leader the world has seen in recent history. He gave us the best example of being a good leader that he could ever have given us, as...

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Bastard Business (or Top Tips on How to be a Thoroughly Crap Leader)

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 3:45 PM

We don't believe in being average and we work with Creative Leaders to help them be the best they can possibly be. Most of the leaders we work with are great. They're human, engaging, inclusive, empowering, open-minded and fun but we do still come across those who are determined to...

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Take a Break From Your Desk and You'll Find Inspiration

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 6:25 PM

Life is tough for a lot of people at the moment. Financial struggles and work insecurity are both prevalent and we can all get bogged down by the stress they put us under. Stress can cloud the mind and preoccupy us at the very time that we should be focussing...

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Leadership Rehab

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 11:36 AM

I used to have a boss who had some pretty bad habits.

He used to always turn up late for meetings. Regardless of the agenda of the meeting, he used to turn up with a personal (and hidden) agenda that was never made clear. If I started talking about...

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Innovation Is Dead

(3) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 2:49 PM

Once upon a time innovation used to be the most exciting word used in business; it is now one of the most boring.

Innovation is dead and we killed it.

Innovation used to happen by accident and what a very happy accident it was. Somebody from R and D would...

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How To Get A Promotion

(18) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 8:25 AM

My values are way too hippy to take the direct route to promotion. I can't stab people in the back, sleep with the boss or brown nose my way to career elevation. It wouldn't sit right and at some point, arse holes get found out; for which we should all...

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