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Futurist Speaker Mike Walsh

Mike Walsh

Futurist & Authority on Digital Trends in Emerging Markets


What does it take to lead a 21st century company? Can we re-imagine the way we do business? Mike Walsh prepares business leaders for what’s next. A leading authority on the intersection of emerging technologies, consumer behavior, and fast growth markets, Mike brings his unique insights into the growing influence of new markets on breakthrough innovation and business transformation. He expertly distils his insights into tailored keynotes that allow any audience to influence the future direction of their industry.

Mike is the author of Futuretainment and The Divergence, which charts the rise of online consumers in emerging markets. He is also the publisher of the Disruptive Future blog, and his articles have appeared in a wide range of international publications including Business Week, Forbes, and Wallpaper magazines.

Mike has run both successful start-up ventures as well as holding senior leadership positions in established media organizations. With a background in corporate law and management consulting, he began his career at XT3, a spin out from McKinsey and one of the first digital consulting firms created to help major companies embrace the web. He launched the technology publishing group internet.com, which went on to become the leading local technology news and events platform in Australia, and founded and ran Jupiter Research in the Asia Pacific, one of the first research agencies to track the early adoption of e-commerce and digital business models by online consumers. He then spent five years in senior strategy roles at News Corporation where he helped shape their digital strategy.

In demand for his fresh insights and practical future-focused strategies, Mike has advised the CEOs and senior management teams at multinational companies including: the BBC, MSN, Star TV, Televisa, Philips, and HSBC.

Mike is currently a board member and strategic investor in the North Alliance, Scandinavia’s leading digital marketing group.


Mike Walsh's Speaking Presentations:


  • Change Management and Leadership
  • Consumer Trends
  • Corporate Culture
  • Creativity | Disruption | Innovation
  • Customer Loyalty/Relationships
  • Disruption
  • Emerging Markets
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Future/Trends
  • Globalization
  • Growth/Strategy/Trends
  • Information Technology
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • New Media/Social Media
  • Organizational Change
  • Sales Skills and Sales Management
  • Teamwork

Global Issues:

  • Emerging Markets

Motivation and Inspiration:

  • Inspiration
  • Motivation
  • Peak Performance
  • Success

Designing Your Business for the 21st Century

The companies that thrive in the near future will be the ones that not only embrace change but are the first to break the rules. If you could start with a clean sheet of paper, how would you design your company? Should your youngest staff member be making coffee or running your R&D team? Is Big Data something for your IT department to worry about, or a weapon to be wielded by your management team? Do you ban social networks or use them to collaborate more effectively?
Most companies are simply not designed to survive. They become successful on the basis of one big idea or breakthrough product. That early success then becomes a rigid code, and as customer habits and markets change, many fail to see that everything that made them successful is exactly what will destroy them later.

Based on interviews with you and your choices on the 7 strategic priorities, Mike will cover a range of thought provoking issues including:

  • How your future customers will think, talk and transact.
  • Lessons on disruptive innovation from fast growing, emerging markets.
  • How to leverage enterprise social networks to solve real business problems.
  • What it takes to recruit, retain and motivate tomorrow’s employees.
  • How to apply speed, agility and the new lean IT mindset to your technology teams.
  • Hacking your corporate culture to transform employee engagement.
  • Why the multicultural web of tomorrow will be different from the one we use today.
  • Identifying the critical data pivots in your business, the real-time numbers no leader can afford to ignore.

Mike's talk, "Designing Your Business for the 21st Century", will be tailored around your choices of the 7 strategic priorities outlined below:

The Seven Strategic Priorities for 21st Century Business Design

Smart leaders realize that the future of their company depends on business design decisions that must be made today. In his ongoing research on the world’s most innovative companies, Mike has categorized those decisions into seven strategic priorities.
When you engage Mike as your keynote speaker, he will work with you to select the strategic priorities most relevant to your future roadmap. Then, during his research phase, he will conduct in-depth interviews with your team, clients or top performers in your industry in order to identify specific case studies that will resonate with your audience.
The seven strategic priorities are as follows:
1.    People - engaging the next generation of customers and co-workers.
2.    Marketing - figuring out the new marketing model.
3.    Culture – understanding ‘Network Capital’ and today’s employee engagement crisis.
4.    Technology - re-imagining the role of IT in the enterprise.
5.    Innovation - exploring new frameworks for disruptive thinking.
6.    Global - building your business to world scale.
7.    Leadership - becoming a data-driven leader.


FUTURETAINMENT: Yesterday the World Changed, Now It's Your Turn

Based on Mike Walsh's bestselling book, FUTURETAINMENT is a fast paced tour of the latest technologies, global trends, and case studies that will forever change the way you think about your relationship with your customers.

In this session Mike shares:

  • The most disruptive trends specifically researched for your industry;
  • Products and promotions that will engage the next generation of consumers;
  • Consumer innovations from fast growth emerging markets;
  • The value of big data, compelling content and next generation behavioral analytics;
  • Global best practices in mobile applications and platforms;
  • Original video interviews with the scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs whose ideas will drive the future of your business.

FLEX - Business Re-Imagined

What does it take to lead a 21st century company? New technology is not only an opportunity to improve productivity, it invites us to ask a much bigger question – can we re-imagine the way we do business?

In this session Mike shares:

  • The new digital platforms and enterprise tools that can change the relationship you have with your customers and competitors;
  • The worldview of your next generation of staff and the new management styles necessary to lead them through disruptive times;
  • The new models of innovation suitable for the current, fast paced, uncertain global environment;
  • How consumerization, enterprise mobility and the Cloud will change the way your teams colloborate and act on information;
  • Relevant case studies of the 'winners circle' of companies who have survived disruptive change;
  • A roadmap for your company's future and identify the capabilities you will need to take it there

WORLD NEXT - Your Roadmap To The Global Future

Social unrest, economic turmoil, rapid technological change – we live in a world seemingly dominated by crisis. And yet if you look more closely, you may also see a different set of patterns giving rise to new markets, new consumers and new ways to do business.

The future is already here, you just need to know where to look. Disruptive mobile technology from China to India's low cost business models, next generation mobile banking in Africa and social consumerism in South America – innovation is shifting to a new geography.

How we interact, transact and entertain ourselves in the future will be shaped by a billion new consumers from emerging markets. WORLD NEXT is your roadmap to understanding and accessing the growth potential of tomorrow's world.

In this session Mike shares:

  • How the Web of tomorrow will be different from the one we use today;
  • New markets, consumers and technology trends that will be essential for the global growth of your business;
  • Case studies of international companies who have successfully leveraged cultural forces for local market success;
  • The disruptive innovation models of your emerging market competitors;
  • The new management styles necessary for leadership in fluid, hyper-competitive and uncertain global markets;
  • The winners and losers in the new digital world order and your company’s readiness to survive or thrive.


There is a new war coming – over the future's most valuable asset – Big Data. Once just the domain of technology professionals, it will soon be the number one issue for all business leaders. Consumers are producing more of it, marketers are starting to leverage it, and governments are seeking to control it – and most importantly, business leaders will be asked to make decisions based on it.

The real Big Data revolution is not just about the amount of data that has to be processed, but a mindset change about how data gets used in the enterprise.

With original research, practical evaluations of disruptive strategies and case studies from some of the world's most innovative firms, Mike Walsh will give you the roadmap you need to set your Big Data strategy in place for 2016.

Mike Walsh is represented by K&M Productions. To inquire about Mike Walsh's speaking schedule, fees & booking speaker Mike Walsh, contact us.


Mike has a unique insight into how tomorrow will change today. His eye opening content and engaging presentation make him a must see for anyone who wants to know what lies ahead. A brilliant presentation!

–Managing Director, Fuji Xerox Australia


Mike has a unique insight into how tomorrow will change today. His eye opening content and engaging presentation make him a must see for anyone who wants to know what lies ahead. A brilliant presentation!

–Managing Director, Fuji Xerox Australia

Mike was a pleasure to work with. His presentation was perfectly pitched reflecting his research prior to the event to tailor his presentation to our audience and he also took the time to meet with some of them prior to the presentation. We would highly recommend Mike to anyone interested and would love to work with him again.

–Roche Products Pty Limited

Dynamic, highly relevant and stimulating, with fresh and unique insights.

–Chairman & CEO - Grey Group Asia Pacific



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