Ian Thomas

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Ian Thomas is a rare person. He’s a business graduate who’s studied lions at close quarters during many years as a game ranger in Africa. As one of the world’s top motivational speakers, he uses that deep knowledge to transform teams. A dynamic and inspiring presenter, Ian 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 leave enthralled and repeat 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 business men and women while viewing lions has made him aware of the social interaction, hunting techniques and defence strategies among individual lions with vastly different personalities, strengths and weaknesses.” His two keynote addresses, The Power of the Pride and The Spoor of Success have been heard by delegates in thousands of companies in more than 30 countries.

The Power of the Pride is a riveting and informative account of how lions, the only cats that hunt in teams, can be compared with how businesses operate as teams. 

The Spoor of Success illustrates how a daunting challenge can be a powerful motivator, with the potential to lift the performance of both the individual and the business.

Ian’s book, ‘The Power of the Pride’ is a bestseller. He is a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows and has featured in many local and international management magazines. He is also one of South Africa’s foremost wildlife photographers.

If you want to motivate and transform your team, you should seriously consider Ian Thomas as the motivational speaker for your conference, workshop or training session.

Ian Thomas - Setting Goals, Building Trust and Catching Buffalos

What you can expect at the upcoming TEST-IT AFRICA 2018 International Conference

Ian Thomas - Combination of previous presentations

What you can expect at the upcoming TEST-IT AFRICA 2018 International Conference

Speaker Presentation

The Power of the Pride

Johannesburg: 19 September, 09:15am

Cape Town : 20 September, 09:15am


The pride structure unfolded on the great grassy savannahs of Africa; a veld rumbling with wild animals. Lions evolved alongside the herds and the interactions between hunter, hunted and competitor forged them into teams of superbly effective hunters and fighters. These teams collectively known as prides flourished and they emerged as a potent example of teamwork for maximum effect.

This presentation reveals that teams or prides are successful because:

  • Each individual member is skillful, powerful and energetic; many of them have specialist skills.
  • Total focus is on clear-cut and often ambitious goals.
  • Communication is vital and is enhanced by active listening and being alert to opportunities.
  • Incentives motivate and reward success.
  • Trust is crucial; pride members are focussed, skillful and cohesive.
  • The structure is flat.
  • Strict selection ensures that there are no passengers.
  • Training is intense, continuous and fun.
  • Image enhances function.
  • Synergy – the pride is more powerful than the sum of the strengths of the individuals.

The unremitting application of these ten power points puts the pride in a win-win situation: the pride and its members thrive – the business and the individuals thrive!

Ian uses stories, humour, stunning images, menacing growls and a very physical style to drive home these lessons.