Pierre du Plessis - Leadership

Pierre du Plessis – Leadership is an author and a master storyteller who firmly believes in the ludicracy of speaking to crowds to change the world. He has a habit of making the familiar strange and turning the world upside down. He is currently the CEO of HumanWrites, saving the world one wee notebook at a time. He works with a contemplative community of faith in the heart of Cape Town but finds truth in every corner of the world.

He has been featured on TEDx stages numerous times and travels the world preaching less about religion and more about chaos, leadership, innovation, and trends. He is an educator at DUKE CE University and his corporate clients include BMW, KFC, Adcock Ingram, Old Mutual, FNB and others. He was awarded the Desmond Tutu Gerrit Brand prize in 2017 for best spiritual publication by a debut author in an official language.

He believes he is the love child of Gertrude Stein and Jason Bourne.

He lives in Cape Town with his wife, two kids, and his iPhone.


“A completely new angle on leadership, with practical applications we can immediately implement in our teams.” Sarel van Zyl, CEO FNB Namibia

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Pierre du Plessis – Leadership

He is also an artist, working with socio-political themes and the tension between absence and presence.

He has also worked as brand curator for the SABS Design Institute, whilst running BE BRAVE, his company that specialises in getting teams to understand one another better.

Pierre du Plessis – flâneur, a wanderer of the city streets, an eternal observer.

He is interested in the way the world is flowing, the movement of culture, the actions and reactions, creativity, and above all what it means to create good work.

Pierre du Plessis writing and talks explore what it means to create good work in our world today.

What good work looks like, feels like, and where good work comes from.

The other half his background is philosophy and spirituality.

He leads a contemplative community in the city of Cape Town and he is also a published author.

Pierre du Plessis – Leadership is a popular speaker, speaking regularly at conferences and corporate sessions. He has been featured numerous times on TEDx, breakfast TV, and radio. He reads like a maniac, but only when he is not online. His talks leave audiences inspired, woke, and equipped to create good work.

Many organisations have already transitioned to a flatter structure and softer cultures. The challenge now is to figure out how to lead in this new flat world where the old methods and levers are near illegal.

​In an ironic twist, it seems the answer to our question for what future leadership looks like might lie in our distant shared past. The answer might lie in the structures and value systems of monasteries, the conflict resolution processes of native American tribes, the ancient archetypes that form the basis of our perceptions, and the ideas about the universe from the first philosopher.


Monsters, Heroes, and Kings


There are at least 4 near universal stages in life. The Child, the Hero, the King, and the Sage. Each stage has a set of invitations, and each stage has a turning point, a crisis that needs to be faced.

In this talk Pierre focuses on two of those stages, the hero and the king. How does the brazen, all conquering hero defeat the ultimate monster and how does that same hero become a worthy King or Queen? A demanding keynote teeming with leadership lessons and challenges from ancient myths, legends, and archetypes.

This talk gives leaders a dashboard to gage where they are in their lives and careers and more importantly what that stage is inviting them into. They will have a better grasp on what they are to do in that current stage, clearing the fog so to speak. They will leave with time tested tools and frameworks to not only engage their current stage, but also overcome the crisis points they will find themselves at.


‘In Praise of Shadows’


Treasure is never found out in the open, treasure is found in the dark. Innovation, creativity, adventure, and life is found in the sacred mess of mystery, chaos, and uncertainty. The soul needs its secrets, and it is in these shadows where true creativity originates.

In Praise of Shadows deconstructs our addiction to facts and draws all the way from Japanese aesthetics to Oscar Wilde to speak on the necessity of uncertainty, the gift of chaos, and true innovation.

This keynote gives leaders a new lens for thinking about where innovation originates. They will walk away with practical randomisation rituals they can build into their lives and their businesses. They will leave the talk with practical randomisation rituals they can build into their everyday lives and into their teams.

‘The Art of Discernment’


Life is an infinite web of decisions leaving us spinning and flooded with emotion when needing to make a big choice that could make or break us. The question here is, how do we discern wisely and how do we go about choosing the path that will lead to life?

Pierre du Plessis – Leadership talks about how important it is to think of death every day, shares wisdom from ancient saints and teaches a 500-year-old journaling practice, that will give you the tools you need to make your next big decision.

After this talk your leaders will be better equipped with anchors and practical toolkits, some centuries old, that will greatly assist to bring clarity and help to make more confident decisions, even in times of great upheaval and chaos

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He is not a typical “speaker circuit” guy, that sounds like a radio recording. Pierre is real and authentic. Above all, Pierre lands a message so delicately, that weeks later little nuggets from a talk will still pop up in your head” Dewald du Plooy, Marketing Director KFC

“The true power of this talk is in how it touches on the simple yet poorly understood – or personal yet most potent – aspect of our being…managing the self” Victor Kgomoeswana, Africa Business Specialist

Over the centuries humanity has developed ways to facilitate change and growth in life, from birth to adolescence, to adulthood and even to sagehood.


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