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. 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 seniorstrategy 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.
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. A prolific winter and commentator, Mike’s views have appeared in a wide range of international publications including BusinessWeek, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal.
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 1,000 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 more prestigious events on the global speaking circuit.
We live in an age of wonder – cars that drive themselves, platforms that anticipate our needs, and robots capable ofdictionary-lores 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.
‘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 mega-trends 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.
For clients who want the highest possible quality for their virtual summit, Mike provides a pre-recorded keynote session 30 minutes in length, shot on multiple studio quality cameras, and professionally edited with dramatic video cutaways and a music score. After screening this video to your online audience, Mike can participate in a live Q&A session. The client will have the right to host the keynote on a password protected site for 30 days after the event.
Mike’s virtual livecast experience is an entirely custom keynote focused on your client’s industry or specific strategic challenges. Using a green screen in his studio, a high definition image of Mike is inserted on animated background slides to create an impactful presentation for viewers that is more engaging than a typical webinar where the speaker is just a small square in the corner of the screen. The session can be either delivered live or as a pre-recorded file.
If your client wishes to nominate a production company, we can either work with your client’s chosen provider or assist with sourcing a local studio in Mike’s current city to deliver a live keynote experience from a TV studio style set.
COVID-19 is not only changing our way of life, it will hasten the arrival of a radical new future of work. While for many of us working from home has been a new and unexpected challenge – that is just the start of a much bigger transformation set to reshape the nature of business itself.
In order to survive, every organization will have to virtualize. Whether it be serving customers through digital channels or leveraging AI, algorithms and automation to ensure business continuity – we are likely to experience in the next twelve months, a decade’s worth of change.
Not every business will make it, but those that do will never be the same again. And for leaders, now more than ever, is a time to upgrade their capabilities, embrace new technologies, and reimagine what they do.
Mike Walsh’s inspiring new keynote presentation will offer audiences an insight into the organizations and leaders that are successfully navigating this period of change, and how to create a playbook for their own transformation.
Becoming future-proof is more than just about getting through the current crisis – it is about being ready for the new world that awaits us on the other side.
“Everything was great and Mike was as much a pleasure in person as well as a fantastic speaker. I only heard great feedback on him from the attendees. I also got a chance to heard a little bit of his presentation. Thanks so much for your help on this one and hope to talk again in the future!”
“Relevant, thought provoking content, and a dynamic delivery”
“Fascinating! You should also write books on presenting technology topics to non-technology people. It’s a skill very few technologists have.”
“Mike was a homerun! Great audience turnout and reaction. His message was spot on!”
“Content is very thought provoking. Mike’s added touch of mind-grenade’s left us all thinking of the impact of the impact of the future and what we needed to do to prepare. Mike is very engaging and knowledgeable.”