Spike – Audio book

Spike is the most straightforward and perhaps radical approach to:

  • building self-esteem and confidence
  • enabling success in all you do
  • identifying roles, job and careers that are right for you
  • building truly inclusive high-performing teams ensuring no-one is left behind

The vital and essential ingredient of the Spike methodology is that absolutely everyone has at least one inherent strength.

Spike helps find those sometimes hidden strengths, energises and mobilises them for your and everyone else’s benefit.


Spike is the product of some 30 years of supporting the growth and development of individuals and businesses of all shapes and sizes in the UK and overseas. The book brings together a proven formula for personal and business development. We know Spike works because we practice and live the teachings of the book and we have shared the tools successfully with literally thousands of people over the years.

We believe passionately about the principles incorporated in the book as these messages are embedded within all aspects of everything we do and at all levels.

This book will uniquely prepare you to fulfil the ultimate dream of every student, employee, or business leader:

Nearly all organisational Performance Management systems as well as Employee Appraisal systems and their associated methodologies are designed and implicitly biased towards identifying weaknesses or areas for development.

Consequently, every employee becomes fixated on working nearly exclusively on raising their (sometimes obvious) weaknesses to a decent level – with ‘decent’ usually prescribed by the prevailing Performance Management system. Not many achieve this, despite years of frustrated effort and focus, and continual negative feedback! Most are not confident enough to breakout (on their own) from the pack and actually focus on honing their strengths to a formidable standard.

“Spike” will encourage and provide the pathway for an intelligent and strong willed focus on your key strengths that will deliver the following:

  • Your very own key to your unique and sustainable Leadership Code
  • A framework for personal growth
  • The golden rules of Spike – tools and techniques
  • Your route map to the destination of your very own leadership journey
  • A proven methodology for success. An understanding of how the best practitioners of Spike in the world continually outperform their rivals
  • The motivation to succeed and achieve peak performance in whatever you are doing
  • Creative techniques to facilitate differentiation and outperform competitors
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In this ground breaking book, René Carayol, leading business guru, top keynote speaker on Leadership and Culture, executive coach, shares the magic and simplicity of the SPIKE (Strengths Positively Identified Kick-start Excellence) philosophy.

In the world of SPIKE, there are no losers anymore – everyone has something they are great at!

The product of 30 years of supporting the growth and development of thousands of individuals and organizations globally, the book brings together a proven formula for personal and business development.

The vital and essential ingredient of SPIKE is that everyone has at least one inherent strength.

Finding those sometimes hidden strengths and energies, and then mobilizing them for your and other’s benefit, is the ultimate aim of this inspiring book.


What are you great at?

In this groundbreaking book, leading executive coach René Carayol shares the magic and simplicity of the SPIKE philosophy. In the world of SPIKE, there are no losers anymore – everyone has something they are great at!

  • Strengths
  • Positively
  • Indentified
  • Kick-start
  • Excellance
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Where to buy Spike

  • WHSmith Travel
  • Waterstones
  • Blackwell’s
  • Foyles
  • PB Shop
  • Marcial Pons (Spain)
  • Kinokuniya (Thailand)
  • Adlibris (Sweden)
  • Amazon
  • Book Depository
  • Gardners
  • CBL Distribution
  • Levant Distributors (Lebanon)
  • Pansing (Singapore & Malaysia)
  • Phambili (South Africa)
  • Baker & Taylor (US)
  • Ingram (US)

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It took meeting René to realise that no matter what others had said to put me down or put me off my dream – as I liberated my Spikes, my dream of a world title fight became my reality

Ashley Theophane / Professional Boxer

René has continuously assisted me and my team in better deploying our Spikes that has made us a much better and stronger team – and it has made our very challenging targets so much more fun

Nomkhita Nqweni / CEO Wealth Management - Barclays Africa

René has no limitations at all and Spike is his and all of our manifestos for navigating this troublesome world of ours – you must read it at least twice

Sir Michael Lockett / World Leading Communications Guru

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Professor Chris Brady / World Leading aGreenwich School of ManagementCommunications Guru

Our World is getting tougher, faster and more unforgiving and we will need all the Spikes we can get – ours and others. René makes this both clear and unforgettable

Allan Leighton / Serial Chairman

René is an authentic new age leader who just simply practices what he preaches and I’ve had the pleasure of benefitting from his strong support. Spike is René

Jim Yong Kim / President of the World Bank

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