Mike Walsh interviewed Hong Kong-based motivational speaker, Rob Lilwall on his adventures and lessons learnt. In this fun interview, Rob candidly tells Mike how he decided to drop everything to cycle from Siberia to London via China, Australia and Afghanistan. Mike and Rob also talk about overcoming obstacles, the call to adventure, and how to survive being chased by bandits in Papua New Guinea.
Mike Walsh is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing business for the 21st century. His expertise is giving leaders advise on how to thrive in this era of disruptive technological change. Mikes travels the world over 300 days a year, interviewing innovators, entrepreneurs and corporate revolutionaries to give his clients and audiences the freshest and best vision of tomorrow’s opportunities.
Mike has delivered close to a thousand keynote speeches to companies in almost every industry around the globe. In 2014, Mike was invited to be a main stage keynote speaker at the renowed Million Dollar Round Table where his customized presentation reached more than 8,000 people.
Aside from being a favored speaker to several global Fortune 500 companies, Mike is also a prolific writer. His international publications include articles in BusinessWeek, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal. He is also the author of the best-selling book FUTURETAINMENT (published by Phaidon and winner of the design award by the Art Director’s Club in New York) and The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas.
Mike was the founder of Jupiter Research (Australia), was a senior strategist at News Corporation (Asia Pacific Region). He is currently a board member and strategic investor in the North Alliance, Scandinavia’s leading digital marketing group.
Rob Lilwall is an ordinary person who, through taking an adventurous attitude to life, has achieved the extraordinary. In the last two decades, he has embarked on expeditions by bicycle and on foot, covering over 80,000 km of the world’s land surface. These have included an unsupported walk across the Gobi Desert in winter; pedalling over the war-torn passes of Afghanistan; and being the first person ever to drag a bicycle across the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea.Through learning from the local people he has met at ground level in over 50 countries, Rob has gained a unique perspective into humanity in all its diversity. National Geographic have made two television series about his exploits and he is the author of two books, Cycling Home From Siberia and Walking Home From Mongolia.
In his energetic and interactive presentations, Rob transports his audiences into the world of adventure, while expertly drawing powerful parallels with the ever-changing challenges of daily life, and providing practical, effective strategies to overcome them. To date, he has given his presentations to over 40,000 people around the world, with recent clients including HSBC, InterContinental, Hewlett Packard, ABB, MDRT, Nike and UBS. He is based in Hong Kong, and available to speak worldwide.
Rob’s keynotes and masterclass topics include change, risk, resilience and self-leadership and collaboration.