Michael McQueen

Michael McQueen understands what it takes to thrive in a rapidly evolving world.

Widely recognized for having his finger on the pulse of business and culture, he has helped some of the world’s best-known brands navigate change and stay ahead of the curve.

As a leading specialist in demographic shifts, change management and future trends, Michael features regularly as a commentator on TV and radio and has written four bestselling books.

His first book, The ‘New’ Rules of Engagement focuses on strategies for leading and connecting with Generation Y. His newest release, Winning the Battle for Relevance is a revealing look at why even the greatest brands and organisations become obsolete… and how to avoid their fate.

Michael is a familiar face on the international conference circuit having shared the stage with the likes of Bill Gates, Whoopi Goldberg and Larry King. He has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people across 5 continents since 2004 and is known for his high-impact, research-rich and entertaining conference presentations.

In 2015, Michael was named Australia’s Keynote Speaker of the Year and was inducted into the Speakers Halls of Fame.



Winning the Battle for Relevance

How you ever wondered how it is that iconic brands and great ideas go from prominence to obsolescence while their competitors go from strength to strength? The secret to maintaining growth, vitality and momentum for many years and decades comes down to one thing and one thing only… relevance.

In this unique, fast-paced and compelling presentation, Michael McQueen explores:

  • Why most businesses don’t realize they are losing relevance till it’s almost too late
  • ‘The Relevance Curve’ and what it means for every business, leader, idea and brand
  • The 5 major causes of decline and obsolescence
  • How to check your “Silent Pulse” and measure the true health of a business
  • Proven strategies for remaining relevant or regaining relevance as times and needs evolve

Audience members will leave this session challenged to reflect on their relevance in the modern marketplace while at the same time equipped with strategies for navigating change through innovation, strategic thinking and re-positioning.

IDEAL FOR: Clients looking for themes of leadership, change management, strategic planning or innovation.

How smart leaders and organizations re-invent themselves before change forces them to

Every brand and institution today is facing a perfect storm of technological disruption and market upheaval. As traditional business models and industry structures come under increasing threat, agility and adaptability are more important than ever.

The future success and survival of many businesses and organizations will rest on their ability to anticipate, prepare for and even pre-empt change.

In this cutting edge & compelling keynote presentation, audiences discover:

  • The 5 IMPENDING DISRUPTIONS that most leaders and organizations are ignoring at their peril
  • How to foster the MINDSET and CULTURE required to drive INNOVATION and AGILITY within a team
  • The key HABITS and STRATEGIES that separate the ENDURING from the ENDANGERED

Audience members will leave this presentation with an action plan for navigating the turbulent times ahead and emerging stronger than ever.

Indisruptable is an ideal stand-alone conference keynote or an extended half or full day program.

De-Coding Generation WHY

If you have you ever found yourself confused, frustrated or even offended by the attitudes and expectations of today’s younger generation, you are not alone. Employers, leaders and educators the world over describe this group as being technology addicted, impatient, unfocussed and disrespectful.

In this humorous, revealing, and engaging presentation, Michael McQueen highlights:

  • The defining attitudes and values of Generation Y – looking beyond stereotypes
  • 5 key social trends that are shaping youth culture around the globe
  • The reasons Gen Y can appear high maintenance, impatient and lacking in resilience – and how to overcome these as a leader
  • The vital role of leaders in building strong mentoring connections with young people and how to do this

Audience members leave this session with a clear idea of what is shaping the next generation, why they are the way they are, and how to connect with them in meaningful ways.

IDEAL FOR: HR, leadership, sales and multi generational industries (finance, pharmaceutical, retail, hospitality, tourism)

The ‘New’ Rules of Engagement

Smart organizations and leaders are beginning to recognize the significant commercial benefits of engaging younger generations in the workplace. They are discovering that in addition to being ambitious, tech-savvy and adaptable, Gen Y can be a powerful source of creativity and fresh thinking.

The challenge for business owners and managers is to develop organizational cultures and practices that will attract, motivate but most of all retain this young group.

In this practical and information-packed session, Michael McQueen draws on over 8 years of experience helping thousands of business leaders and managers increase their engagement with young team members. He explores:

  • Why no organisation can afford to disengage Gen Y – a group who will make up over 40% of the working population by 2020.
  • The key phrases and vocabulary that motivate and inspire young employees – plus the words/phrases to avoid
  • What drives younger workers’ addiction to social networking and how to establish clear boundaries around it’s use in the workplace
  • How to equip emerging leaders with the skills and attitudes they’ll need in the future

Audiences leave this session with a clear understanding of what does and does not work in getting the best out of the next generation. More importantly, they leave armed with proven and practical tools for increasing the engagement of their younger team members. This session is a must for organizations and managers who want to prepare for their future workforce and capitalize on the benefits young employees have to offer.

Ideal for: HR, leadership-focussed events, sales teams, small-to-medium sized companies, pharmaceutical, financial services, retail, customer service, public sector, education.

Understanding the Generations @ Work

In a recent global study, business leaders reported that generational differences were the leading cause of workplace conflict today – far outweighing the conflict caused by differences in gender or cultural background.

While the generation gap may be nothing new, we are living and working in an age where its influence is far more pronounced. For the first time in history, 5 different generations may be working alongside each other in a team at any one time.

In this humorous and revealing keynote presentation, Michael McQueen outlines;

  • The 5 generations of the 20th century – who we are, how we’re different and what it all means
  • The driving influences and trends that shaped each demographic cohort in their formative years
  • The core values and attitudes that impact how each generation approaches life and work – and how these can lead to conflict and misunderstandings within a team

Audience members leave this session with powerful insights into how both their older and younger colleagues may view the world very differently. In addition, they leave with insights and strategies for better connecting and communicating across the generation gap.

Ideal for: HR, leadership-focussed events, sales teams, small-to-medium sized companies, pharmaceutical, financial services, retail, customer service, public sector, education.


“A fascinating and entertaining speaker.”
~ Macquarie Bank

“The best presentation I’ve seen! Michael’s depth of knowledge and applicable stories were fantastic.”
Marketing Manager, Pepsi
“Michael was fantastic – so well researched and an incredibly engaging speaker”
~ General Manager, Laing and Simmons Real Estate

” Michael is an engaging speaker with a powerful message and practical advice. I would highly recommend him.”
~GM of Marketing, Canon

Many thanks for your presentation at our national conference. The guys just loved it and it was referred to so often that night at our gala dinner event. Congratulations on taking our brief so well and turning it into a session that well and truly hit the mark!
– RI Advice Group

“The best presentation I’ve seen! Michael’s depth of knowledge and applicable stories were fantastic.”
– Marketing Manager, Pepsi

“Michael’s presentation is both engaging and inspiring. His strategies for engaging our Gen Y people really hit the mark.”
– Head of Career and Development, Vodafone

“Michael is a gifted speaker with an enthralling topic.”
– GIO Insurance

“This session made me realise the importance of understanding all the generations in the workplace.”
– Myer

Mike Walsh

Leading Futurist

Graeme Codrington

Expert on Generational Interactions and the Future of Work