Nelson Cabral

Using his 9 Forces of Creative Leadershipä, CABRAL empowers managers and executives to unleash a creative storm in their team, culture, and organization. 

  • Internationally acclaimed business keynote speaker delivering relevant, entertaining, and interactive talks on innovation, leadership, change, and disruption
  • Known for his high-content, high-energy presentations laced with humor and actionable creative leadership tools and strategies for maximum value
  • Armed with skills developed from decades of market-proven, top-tier, award-winning creative leadership experience in the industries of advertising, media, entertainment, television, design, and marketing
  • Spent the last 25 years leading teams, building companies, and inspiring breakthrough innovative thinking on Fortune 500 brands, including GE, Microsoft, adidas, and Anheuser-Busch
  • Awarded medals at the world’s top innovation and creativity festivals: Cannes Lions, London International Awards, New York Festivals, Mobius, and more
  • With clients like Mercedes-Benz & The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., Progress Magazine named his boutique training firm a “Fastest Growing Company”: #2 on “ONES TO WATCH” list with 1227% growth
  • Playback Magazine named Nelson’s Pro•Line “Bar Hopping Aliens” the #1 TV Spot in North America

Internationally acclaimed Leadership, Change, and Innovation Visionary Nelson Cabral is the world’s only Triple Threat Creative Leadership Expert. A globally award-winning Executive Creative Director, TV & Film Director, and Broadway Leading Man, Nelson has spent the last 25 years leading teams, building companies, and inspiring breakthrough innovative thinking on Fortune 500 brands. He has improved creativity and innovation capabilities in thousands of executives, teams, and organizations around the world. 

Nelson’s been an award-winning advertising Writer and Creative Director for some of the world’s most respected brands including adidas, GE, Microsoft, Anheuser-Busch, Bridgestone-Firestone, VISA, Kellogg’s, Procter & Gamble, and Toshiba. His work has been recognized by The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, The London International Advertising Awards, The New York Festivals of Advertising, The Crystals, Mobius, and his Pro•Line “Bar Hopping Aliens” won first place, “best TV spot in North America”, in Playback Magazine’s TOP SPOT AWARDS. 

Now an International Keynote Speaker, Corporate Trainer, and Professional Innovation Catalyst to CEOs, brands, and innovation teams, Nelson delivers business keynotes, training, and consulting programs focused on leading creative organizations and building cultures around them. With dramatic stage presence and contagious enthusiasm, he shares with audiences his management principles, leadership approaches, and innovation strategies from decades worth of world-class, market-proven, top-tier, senior strategic creative leadership experience. Nelson believes innovation requires stimulation and collaboration, and you, as the leader, have the responsibility to unleash a creative storm in your team. 

A natural performer with strong stage presence, Nelson has been called highly creative and imaginative, but ferociously strategic and business-minded. Whether helping a leader design an inspired culture of creativity and engagement, or working with a team to accelerate communication, productivity, and performance, Nelson’s results have attracted recent clients such as Mercedes-Benz, Estée Lauder, Vodafone, Latvian Gov’t, VENN Corporate Innovation, Project Management Institute, HDI/UBM, European Lotteries, World Lottery Association, and Medical Group Management Association.

 According to a study by IBM, CEOs cited creativity as the most important leadership quality. So Nelson’s “creative leadership” perspective on innovation, disruption, and navigating meaningful change is fresh, hot, and highly relevant – to today’s and tomorrow’s executives. He is on a mission to develop and inspire a new breed of leaders: a creative CEO in every enterprise. 

Creative leadership is the only way for businesses to thrive in the face of rapid change,” Nelson Cabral argues. “The Creative Storm” is how to master it. 

His newest book, THE 9 FORCES OF CREATIVE LEADERSHIP: How to Unleash a Creative Storm in Your Company, will be published Spring 2018.

The Creative Storm: Unleashing Your Organization’s Creativity To Drive Maximum Team And Organizational Success

Today, companies are caught in an ever-escalating battle for competitive edge, and many organizations are struggling to fulfill their creative potential. This is a time everyone is looking for an extra something to win in the market. The good news is that most businesses and individuals don’t lack raw creative talent—what they lack is a process for unleashing it. In this highly engaging presentation, Nelson teaches how to inspire, deliver, and keep creativity and innovation raging. Instead of the newest theories from research into creativity, you will learn concrete instructions which you can use in practical situations. Nelson draws on his experiences, challenges, and successes working with a great variety of teams and organizations to present a practical and realistic guide for leaders wanting to allow a brilliant “group brain” to develop. The Creative Storm is a remarkable program that reveals the three keys to maximizing an organization’s potential: leadership, culture, and personal creativity. 

  • Increase business and personal performance by implementing 9 immediately-actionable creative leadership strategies: The Nine Forces of Creative Leadership™ 
  • Boost quality and quantity of creative breakthroughs by creating more effective team relationships and interactions
  • Achieve new heights of innovation by leveraging higher level creativity in yourself and your organization

The Creative Storm: The Leader’s Role – How To Be A Stormin’ Norman & Ignite Creative Leadership In Your Organization.

For a leader of a company powered by creativity, enhancing the productivity of your workforce can seem daunting. If you want to gain greater creativity from your teams, and know they need a jolt of creativity, then this unforgettable presentation is a must experience. In this realistic creative leadership guide, you will learn how to manage, inspire and organize more collaborative, creative, and successful teams. Whether you are a team leader or team member, this presentation will help you and your teams save time, money and nervous energy in the hunt for ideas. Highly useful for any team leader in increasing the creativity, and ultimately, the results of a team and organization, Nelson reveals his approach on being an effective creative leader. 

  • Drive growth and innovation by building your inspirational and collaborative leadership skills, tools and mindset
  • Consistently build and inspire winning teams to drive breakthrough creativity using proven creative management tools
  • Ramp up and keep your team’s energy fired up so they never lose their mojo

The Creative Storm For Women Leaders: How To Accelerate The Rise Of The Female CEO

The Creative Storm: Personal Creativity – Becoming A Storm Trooper & Fast Idea Generator, Frighteningly Efficient & Productive As Hell

Business creativity is all about finding fresh and innovative solutions to problems, and identifying opportunities to improve the way that we do things. As such, anyone can be creative, just as long as they have the right mindset and use the right tools, in an environment that is nurturing. But everyone has their own challenges to unlocking their own personal creativity. After countless conversations with creative people, and leading creative teams for two decades, Nelson’s realized that most creative people learned their skills in completely individual ways and are not conscious of the processes they use. In this interactive presentation, Nelson shows participants how to discover their own creative spark and ramp up their own creativity. Using powerful examples from his own career as an advertising copywriter, creative director and film director, Nelson shares his remarkable model for increasing creative potential and producing a bigger catch of valuable ideas. 

  • Ignite more creative breakthroughs and get unstuck faster by making small changes to your creative process
  • Become a fast idea generator – becoming frighteningly efficient and productive as hell – by enhancing your arsenal of creative techniques
  • Value-rich take-aways with no theory, no fluff, no bull

The Creative Storm: The Creative Culture – Blowing Away Barriers That Stifle Creativity To Keep The Innovation Raging!

Some of North America’s most lauded leaders in business have suggested a “culture of creativity” has been the key to their success. The magic ingredient to unlocking creativity?  Environment. In this insightful and empowering session, Nelson shares proven practices to help you build, maintain, and nurture a creative culture. He uses personal and professional experiences to reveal the key components needed to create an environment for people to be creative. Changing your work culture,  and unlearning and selectively breaking down barriers and forgetting past success formulas could be your key to igniting business success. The only way to sustain long term innovation and growth in an organization is by ensuring a storm of fresh, creative ideas flow from every level of your organization – by co-creating future processes, products, and services. 

  • Create a brilliant “group brain” by tapping into the creative genius inside everyone on your team
  • Drive growth and profitability by blowing away the biggest barriers to creativity in business
  • Out-think, out-perform, and out-maneuver the competition using proven practices to maintain an unstoppable and dynamic corporate culture

12 Steps To Unleash A Creative Storm In Your business Innovation & Creativity

  • Increase business and personal performance by implementing 12 immediately-actionable creative leadership strategies
  • Boost quality and quantity of creative breakthroughs by creating more effective team relationships and interactions
  • Achieve new heights of innovation by leveraging higher level creativity in yourself and your organization

How To Become A Stormin’ Norman: 4 Steps To Ignite Creative Leadership Leadership And Business Management

  • Drive growth and innovation by building your inspirational and collaborative leadership skills, tools, and mindset
  • Consistently build and inspire winning teams to drive breakthrough creativity using proven creative management tools
  • Ramp up and keep your team’s energy fired up so they never lose their mojo

Unleash The Storm Trooper In You: 4 Steps To Spark Individual Creativity Performance & Productivity

  • Ignite more creative breakthroughs and get unstuck faster by making small changes to your creative process
  • Become a fast idea generator – becoming frighteningly efficient and productive as hell – by enhancing your arsenal of creative techniques
  • Value-rich take-aways with no theory, no fluff, no bull

Blowing Away Barriers That Stifle Creativity: 4 Steps To Bu ild A Creative Culture Teamwork And Collaboration

  • Create a brilliant “group brain” by tapping into the creative genius inside everyone on your team
  • Drive growth and profitability by blowing away the biggest barriers to creativity in business
  • Out-think, out-perform, and out-maneuver the competition using proven practices to maintain an unstoppable and dynamic corporate culture

Innovation Facilitator

Sessions can be customized from 90 minutes to half-day, full-day, and 2-day formats.

Nelson’s objective as an Innovation Facilitator is to help senior teams see things differently in order to solve problems. During his sessions, Nelson utilizes market proven processes and approaches to help you optimize your results – all drawn from his world-class facilitation experiences with over 200 different clients around the world.

Nelson believes innovation and business breakthroughs are a by-product of a highly effective team. So he’s developed three immersive and customized Strategic Work Sessions for executive teams.

Oyster Strategic Work Session

  • Used for large-scale problems that keep leaders up at night
  • Clients seek out Oyster for strategic planning sessions, brand planning workshops, and Board planning workshops – to establish goals, develop strategic and brand plans, boost morale, and generate vision 

Creative Storm Executive Work Session

  • Used to drive breakthrough creativity by tapping into the creative genius inside each team member
  • Clients seek out a Creative Storm Session for creative problem solving, association meetings, Executive team development, and staff team-building – to generate new ideas, build winning teams, translate inspiration into action, and elevate communication

House of Rock Executive White Board Session

  • Originally a brand planning strategy session for music industry leaders – now used for creative problem solving, solving innovation problems, Executive team development, and staff team-building