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Mike Walsh

Technology & Innovation Futurist

Mike Walsh is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing companies for the 21st century. He advises leaders on how to thrive in the current era of disruptive technological change. 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.

New York, NY, USA

Presentations

Reinventing Leadership For the Age of Machine Intelligence
We live in an age of wonder – cars that drive themselves, platforms that anticipate our needs, and robots capable of everything from advanced manufacturing to complex surgery. Automation, algorithms and AI are transforming not only business, but every facet of daily life. While many fear that robots will take their jobs, the rise of machine intelligence begs a more important question: what is the true potential of human intelligence in the 21st century?

In this inspiring keynote, Mike Walsh, futurist and author of ‘The Dictionary Of Dangerous Ideas’ will present a vivid portrait of a brave new world orchestrated by machines that think, and how tomorrow’s leaders can upgrade their capabilities to survive and thrive in an age of accelerating technology. Audiences will walk away with an insight into the companies, technologies and global forces shaping the age of machine intelligence, as well as a set of tailored next actions on how to redesign their organizations, reimagine their roles and reinvent the way they make decisions.

Designing Your Business For the 21st Century
‘Most companies are simply not designed to survive. They become successful on the basis of one big idea or breakthrough product,’ says CEO Mike Walsh of Tomorrow, a global consultancy that helps design 21st century businesses. ‘The companies that will thrive in the near future are the ones not only embracing change but breaking the rules.’ Companies built to survive the future are no accident. They are a result of deliberate business design decisions smart leaders are making today. In his ongoing research on the world’s most innovative companies, Mike has organized these decisions into seven strategic priorities – that he will explore with audiences as a roadmap for their own reinvention.

In this keynote, Walsh will outline the megatrends shaping the future of business and consumer behaviour, and the lessons learned from successful Fortune 500 companies on leveraging disruptive innovation, adopting a data-driven mindset and leading change through digital transformation.

Platform Plus

Workshop | Design Your Company for the Future

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? Forces of change surround us. Whether it be generational turnover, the Cloud, mobile work, or the rise of the social enterprise – 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. With a focus on not just big ideas but practical tools, this workshop will provide business leaders with a roadmap for your company’s future and the capabilities you will need to take it there.

  • Mike was not only responsive and delightful to work with, but incredibly diligent in learning about the top technology and business issues on the minds of our audience of Chief Information Officers and IT leaders. Consequently, his presentation was beautifully tailored to CIOs and their concerns. They especially liked the way he included thought-provoking questions (his “mind grenades”) as well as “next action” ideas and concrete suggestions with each of the big concepts he covered in his talk. The presentation was fascinating in its variety, enhanced with short videos and gorgeous imagery, and his delivery throughout was conversational and entertaining. In all the uncertainty and challenges ahead for us all in the future, he was reassuring and upbeat... it was an outstanding way to kick off a conference that was all about innovation and business value.

    - Editor in Chief, CIO 100 Symposium
  • 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
  • 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
  • Amazing! I have found that some futurists and speakers simply regurgitate other people’s work without much original thought. Mike’s session was the contrary – full of original insights and humour – it gave me a number of genuinely new insights. He was also on-point during the subsequent panel discussion and complemented the other speakers.

    - Clients & Markets | Regional Head Middle East, Grant Thornton International

Summary Profile

Mike’s best-selling book Futuretainment was the winner of the design award by the Art Director’s Club in New York. Mike’s latest book is The Dictionary Of Dangerous Ideas. Each week he interviews provocative thinkers, innovators and troublemakers on his weekly podcast, ‘Between Worlds’. A true nomad, Mike travels over 300 days a year worldwide, researching trends, collecting innovation case studies and presenting on the future of business.

Prior to being a CEO of Tomorrow, Mike was a pioneer in the digital space since the 1990s, running 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 embryonic Web.

During the first digital boom, Mike launched the technology publishing group internet.com in Australia, which went on to become the leading local technology news and events platform in the country. He also 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. During this period, he was recognized as one of Australia’s ‘Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30’. Mike then spent five years in senior strategy roles at News Corporation where he helped shape the digital strategy for both their Australian newspaper and Asian TV divisions. Directly engaged by the CEO of Star TV to provide the company with a digital roadmap for their operations, he began his in-depth research into the fast growth markets of Asia, which became the inspiration for his first book, ‘Futuretainment’.