Ian Thomas is an Inspirational South African Park Ranger.
Ian is a rare person – a business graduate who has studied lions at close quarters for over 20 years as a game ranger in Africa.
As a dynamic and inspiring presenter, Ian Thomas believes people, and especially business people, can absorb and learn from the animal kingdom.
Sound business sense is interlaced with humour and an ability to tell stories. The audience leaves enthralled and repeats the stories to friends and colleagues resulting in immense “take home business value”
The study of lions in the wild has involved Ian in far more than the gathering of biological data. Discussions with businessmen and women while viewing lions have made him aware of the social interaction, hunting techniques and defence strategies among individual lions with vastly different personalities, strengths and weaknesses.
In Ian’s book The Power of the Pride, he draws on his intimate knowledge of the King of Beasts to show that modern business teams have everything to learn from the superbly effective structure of a lion pride
“My love affair with wildlife has been incredibly rewarding. To me there is nothing more beautiful than the grace and power of a big cat – nothing which represents the thunder of Africa more than the full-blooded roar of a lion.”
Ian is a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows. He has featured in many local and international management magazines, and is also one of South Africa’s foremost wildlife photographers.
As a motivational speaker, Ian’s speaking topics include:
The Power of The Pride – Teamwork:
Ian Thomas presents a riveting and informative account of how lions, the only cats that hunt in teams, can be compared with how businesses operate as teams.
Lions form teams in order to hunt the vast herds of antelope that evolved onto Africa’s savannahs. The strategy of using teams to ambush these herds was extremely successful.
Individual Lions & Lionesses benefited from this association and the prides became extremely powerful.
The presentation is based around this point – that the success of the team is because of the individual and the success of the individual is because of the team.
The Spoor of Success – Strategy:
While working as a game ranger, Ian Thomas discovered that his guests’ predominant request was to see lions. In order to satisfy his customers, he set out on a strategy to find lions on a daily basis.
The strategy conceived was both fun and a financial success. The reason for its success was that its whole thrust – that of competitive advantage – was seen from the customers’ point of view.