Mike Walsh

Mike Walsh is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing business for the 21st century. He advises leaders on how to thrive in this era of disruptive technological change.Rather than focusing on the distant future, Mike takes an anthropological approach – scanning the near horizon for emerging technologies and disruptive shifts in human behavior, and then translating these into pragmatic plans for business transformation. Constantly traveling the world for the best ideas, Mike spends more than 300 days a year on the road interviewing innovators, entrepreneurs and corporate revolutionaries to provide his clients and audiences with a fresh and compelling vision of tomorrow’s opportunities.

Mike has delivered close to a thousand keynote speeches around the world to companies in almost every industry. His customized presentations leave audiences prepared and inspired to transform the way they do business. In 2014, Mike was invited to be a main stage keynote speaker at the Million Dollar Round Table with an audience of more than 8,000 people, one of the most prestigious events on the global speaking circuit.

A prolific writer and commentator, Mike’s views have appeared in a wide range of international publications including BusinessWeek, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal. Mike’s clients include many of the global Fortune 500, and as a sought-after keynote speaker he regularly shares the stage with world leaders and business icons alike.

Mike previously founded Jupiter Research in Australia, and has also held senior strategy roles at News Corporation in the Asia Pacific Region. He is currently a board member and strategic investor in the North Alliance, Scandinavia’s leading digital marketing group. Mike’s best-selling book FUTURETAINMENT, published by Phaidon was the winner of the design award by the Art Director’s Club in New York. He has just published his second book, The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas, which lists the most challenging concepts facing business leaders at the dawn of the 21st century.

Programs

Designing Your Business for the 21st Century

The companies that thrive in the near future will be the ones that not only embrace change—they are also the first ones 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.

The Seven Strategic Priorities for 21st Century Business Design

Smart leaders realize 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:

  • People – Engaging the next generation of customers and co-workers
  • Marketing – Figuring out the new marketing model
  • Culture – Identifying the parts of your culture that work
  • Technology – Re-imagining the role of IT in the enterprise
  • Innovation – Exploring new frameworks for disruptive thinking
  • Global – Building your business to world scale
  • Leadership – Becoming a data-driven leader

FUTURETAINMENT

Winning the War for Tomorrow’s Consumer

Welcome to the Revolution. The balance of power has shifted and consumers have taken control. To win the hearts and minds of tomorrow’s customers requires new mindsets, new tools and a new set of maps to navigate the behavioural patterns of a global generation born mobile. 

Based on Mike Walsh’s best selling 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 worldview of your next generation of customers and how they will impact your business
  • Lessons on disruptive innovation from brands in fast growing, emerging markets
  • How to leverage digital anthropology to drive your innovation agenda
  • Case studies and practical applications of big data, mobile and content driven marketing
  • What it takes to compete and win on customer experience in the 21st century
  • Why you need to move beyond social media to building an integrated brand engagement platform

BIG DATA – The Big Data Revolution

There is a new war coming – over the future’s most valuable asset. Big Data, once just the domain of technology professionals, 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’s keynote presentation will give you the roadmap you need to set your Big Data strategy in place for 2013.

In this keynote session Mike shares:

For IT Leaders:

  • The new mindset required to integrate third party Cloud platforms and experiment with exotic Big Data technology platforms
  • Meeting the challenge of engaging business decision makers to commit to Big Data investments

For Marketing Leaders:

  • How to rethink your marketing based on real time data and emergent patterns in consumer behaviour
  • The convergent trends of mobilization, consumerization and Big Data and what they will mean to how you approach and personalize your customer experiences

For Senior Decision Makers:

  • Incorporating data into strategic decision making
  • Innovative approaches to data visualization as a tool for communicating trends and patterns
  • Relevant case studies of the ‘winners circle’ of companies who, today, are making the big bets on tomorrow’s Big Data platforms

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. From 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