Mike Walsh

Speaker


Mike Walsh

Futurist and Authority on Digital Trends in Emerging Markets

What does it take to lead a 21st century company? Can we re-imagine the way we do business? Mike Walsh prepares business leaders for what’s next. A leading authority on the intersection of emerging technologies, consumer behavior, and fast growth markets, Mike brings his unique insights into the growing influence of new markets on breakthrough innovation and business transformation. He expertly distils his insights into tailored keynotes that allow any audience to influence the future direction of their industry.

Mike is the author of Futuretainment and The Divergence, which charts the rise of online consumers in emerging markets. He is also the publisher of the Disruptive Future blog, and his articles have appeared in a wide range of international publications including Business Week, Forbes, and Wallpaper magazines.

Mike has run 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 web. He launched the technology publishing group internet.com, which went on to become the leading local technology news and events platform in Australia, and 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. He then spent five years in senior strategy roles at News Corporation where he helped shape their digital strategy.

In demand for his fresh insights and practical future-focused strategies, Mike has advised the CEOs and senior management teams at multinational companies including: the BBC, MSN, Star TV, Televisa, Philips, and HSBC.

Mike is currently a board member and strategic investor in the North Alliance, Scandinavia’s leading digital marketing group.


Designing Your Business for the 21st Century

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. 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. 

Based on interviews with you and your choices on the 7 strategic priorities, Mike will cover a range of thought provoking issues including:

  • How your future customers will think, talk and transact.
  • Lessons on disruptive innovation from fast growing, emerging markets.
  • How to leverage enterprise social networks to solve real business problems.
  • What it takes to recruit, retain and motivate tomorrow’s employees.
  • How to apply speed, agility and the new lean IT mindset to your technology teams.
  • Hacking your corporate culture to transform employee engagement.
  • Why the multicultural web of tomorrow will be different from the one we use today.
  • Identifying the critical data pivots in your business, the real-time numbers no leader can afford to ignore.

Mike’s talk, “Designing Your Business for the 21st Century”, will be tailored around your choices of the 7 strategic priorities outlined below.

The Seven Strategic Priorities for 21st Century Business Design
Smart leaders realize that 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. 

When you engage Mike as your keynote speaker, he will work with you to select the strategic priorities most relevant to your future roadmap. Then, during his research phase, he will conduct in-depth interviews with your team, clients or top performers in your industry in order to identify specific case studies that will resonate with your audience.

The seven strategic priorities are as follows:

  1. People – engaging the next generation of customers and co-workers.
  2. Marketing – figuring out the new marketing model.
  3. Culture – understanding ‘Network Capital’ and today’s employee engagement crisis.
  4. Technology – re-imagining the role of IT in the enterprise.
  5. Innovation – exploring new frameworks for disruptive thinking.
  6. Global – building your business to world scale.
  7. Leadership – becoming a data-driven leader.