About Rik

Rik is a renowned thought-leader, worldwide keynote speaker and author of business bestseller “Managers The Day After Tomorrow”. He’s a trusted advisor on the topics of extreme customer centricity, innovation in the digital era, business model change, sales, marketing and leading companies on their journey to their very own Day After Tomorrow.

Rik’s Keynotes

Business and life in the Day after COVID-19

You had been building this amazing 5 year plan. Business was growing, your ambitions were high and then all of a sudden a gigantic meteorite called COVID-19 struck our planet and caused a major standstill of life and business. The world will never re-start in the old mode. You have loads of questions. How will the post-COVID-19 world look like? And the mother of all questions: What can companies do today to survive, strive and win after the harsh winter of COVID-19?

Managers the Day after Tomorrow

In January 2018, Rik finished his book “Managers The Day after Tomorrow”. He had been struggling with the fact that writing a book about technological changes and fast changing times is an almost impossible mission by definition: a book is static. The recent happenings however, are a pretty good reason to re-discover the book. Rik revisits Managers The Day After Tomorrow from the perspective of  the new challenges to better understand how managers should prepare for that New Normal.

The Smart Ecosystem Economy

The world came to a standstill due to COVID-19 and will reboot in a variety of small and smart data driven ecosystems. Companies need to be able to handle chaos without turning into robust and rigid systems. Companies need to become antifragile. But what does it take to be antifragile and how to actually build an antifragile system?  In this hands-on keynote, Rik cracks this nut and explains exactly how to actually become an antifragile system.
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Curiosity did not kill the cat

We know that ‘culture eats strategy for breakfast’. But are we aware that a culture can kill companies in no time? The good old ‘robust’ culture was killing companies in the past and it will be killing even more companies in this era of lightspeed and devastating changes to come. Change that culture while you still can and start very simply by implementing an essential new KPI, which is the perfect antidote for the ‘robust’ culture: the Net Curiosity Score (#NCS).
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What others say

Having Rik Vera as a keynote speaker during our flagship customer event, was a guarantee for high scores on the after-event evaluation forms. Rik knows exactly how to bring across the message that curiosity is the key to innovation and as such “did not kill the cat, rather a lack of curiosity did”. Working with Rik is never boring and a guarantee for delivering a great customer experience.

Ivy VanderheydenMarketing Director BeNeLux SAS

Rik really helped set the tone for our conference and provoked the participants to begin shifting their mindset to what it truly means to lead in these turbulent times. I really appreciate how easy Rik and his team were to work with.

Carrie JohnsonSenior Program Manager PCMA

Being on the stage at the INFOCOM 2019 Conference in Kolkata, India with Mr. Rik Vera, was an intriguing experience. He charmed the audience with his wisdom, knowledge which was punctuated with humour. He connected well and was very receptive to the questions asked by me as moderator and also by the audience. Overall it was a good experience for me to be with him on stage both as a listener and as a moderator.

Ambarish DasguptaSenior Partner and Founder, Intueri Consulting LLP

Rik gave a great and inspiring presentation on our company event. It was a wake-up call for embracing the future and its opportunities. In addition a large number of hands-on advices and observations which landed very well with our group. Time extremely well spent!

Martin HermannCOO Retail innogy SE & CEO innogy Česká

I have seen Rik deeply inspiring audiences from as small as a living room to as large as an auditorium. Rik constantly gets me out of my comfort zone by exploring yet another horizon. In his keynotes, Rik voices like no other the vulnerable yet exciting balance between the emotional connection and the real contact with humans. He is a true thought leader that thinks practical at the same time.

Casper OverbeekCX Manager CitizenM