Mike Walsh

  • Futurist & Bestselling Author
  • CEO, Tomorrow

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. 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.

 
  

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Impressed with the level of research you did to speak to the audience rather than deliver a generic message. Probably the one session that I will share and use because it gives a structure to driving innovation and thinking strategically.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Mike Walsh
  • Mercedes Benz Financial Services
  • Microsoft
  • Intel Corporation
  • RHB Bank
  • Compuware
  • Luxottica
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • BBVA Compass
  • Million Dollar Roundtable
  • Montreal Convention Centre
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Designing Your Business for the 21st Century

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 networ ...

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?

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.

Build a personalized keynote presentation by selecting the priorities most relevant to your current business and industry challenges.

 

The Next Generation

The greatest challenge for any company is not just keeping its current customers happy, but anticipating the needs of its future consumer base. Exposed to a childhood of disruptive technology, your next generation of customers will discover, share and make brand decisions in ways you least expect. B ...

The greatest challenge for any company is not just keeping its current customers happy, but anticipating the needs of its future consumer base. Exposed to a childhood of disruptive technology, your next generation of customers will discover, share and make brand decisions in ways you least expect. But that is only half your challenge.

Generational change in your workplace is also inevitable. Your future co-workers and employees will both test the limits of your management models as well as challenge your traditional beliefs about your company culture.

During his presentation of this topic, Mike shares:

  • How your next generation of customers will think, talk and transact
  • The next wave of companies, technologies and applications empowering the youth market
  • What your business will need to recruit, retain and motivate tomorrow’s employees
  • The skills and mindsets that will characterize the future’s successful hire

The New Marketing Model

What will the marketing strategies of the future look like? The modern consumer is more complex, more informed and more in control than ever before. To win their hearts and minds requires new ideas, new tools and a whole new marketing playbook. With original research, practical evaluations of consu ...

 What will the marketing strategies of the future look like? The modern consumer is more complex, more informed and more in control than ever before. To win their hearts and minds requires new ideas, new tools and a whole new marketing playbook.

With original research, practical evaluations of consumer behavior and case studies from some of the world’s most innovative firms, Mike Walsh's analysis of 21st century marketing will give you the inspiration you need to totally re-imagine your engagement model.

During his presentation on the topic, Mike shares:

  • How to use digital anthropology and real-time data to profile your customers
  • Transforming your marketing department into a company-wide engagement platform
  • Insight into how the Internet of Things turns real-world behavior into the clickstream of the future
  • Case studies on designing immersive, omnichannel customer experiences

Unlock Your Human Potential

The world’s most innovative companies don’t let culture happen by accident, they code their culture for success. Great culture powers your people to perform at their best. The secret to “hacking” culture at your company starts with Network Capital, or the social graph of how ...

 The world’s most innovative companies don’t let culture happen by accident, they code their culture for success. Great culture powers your people to perform at their best.

The secret to “hacking” culture at your company starts with Network Capital, or the social graph of how your employees collaborate to achieve results. Forget the organizational chart. Your future depends on creating a fluid network of motivated and capable people, empowered to re-invent the way they do business.

During his presentation on the topic, Mike shares:

  • Understanding Network Capital and today’s employee engagement crisis
  • Why great workplace culture attracts the best talent
  • How to leverage enterprise social networks to solve real business problems
  • Big Data, emergent leadership and the future of the HR department

Re-Imagining IT

The IT strategies that made you successful until now are also the biggest threats to your future. Upgrading your systems is easy. How will you upgrade the DNA of your people? Yesterday’s IT organization was defined by a break-fix mentality. Today, a new era of automation, virtualization and c ...

The IT strategies that made you successful until now are also the biggest threats to your future. Upgrading your systems is easy. How will you upgrade the DNA of your people?

Yesterday’s IT organization was defined by a "break-fix" mentality. Today, a new era of automation, virtualization and cloud IT service management means that your technology teams must flip from managing risk and downtime, to delivering innovation and enablement. This is a business revolution no CEO can ignore.

In this presentation on the topic, Mike shares: 

  • The 21st century CIO and the traits IT leaders will need to succeed
  • Why the Cloud should challenge the way you think about your organizational design
  • Aligning IT and business to deliver continuous innovation for your end customers
  • How to apply speed, agility and the new lean IT mindset to your technology teams

Human Scale Innovation

If you want to break the rules in a traditional business, you need patience and a bit of strategy. The best place to start is by learning to think like an anthropologist and exploring how technology impacts us as people. Human-scale innovation happens when we learn from how people actually use our p ...

If you want to break the rules in a traditional business, you need patience and a bit of strategy. The best place to start is by learning to think like an anthropologist and exploring how technology impacts us as people. Human-scale innovation happens when we learn from how people actually use our products, regardless of what we intended for them to do.

The world’s most innovative companies apply human-scale thinking in the way they approach everything from product to experience design. You can too.

During his presentation on the topic, Mike shares:

  • Shanzhai and lessons from China on customer-led innovation
  • Anticipating tomorrow’s trends in wearables and human scale technologies
  • Unleashing people power, from crowdfunding to crowdsourcing
  • Immersion tactics to help your team see the world through their customer’s eyes

Global By Design

The future is already here, you just need to know where to look. From disruptive mobile technology from China and India's low-cost business models to next-generation mobile banking in Africa and social consumerism in South America, global innovation is shifting to a new geography. How we interact, ...

 The future is already here, you just need to know where to look. From disruptive mobile technology from China and India's low-cost business models to next-generation mobile banking in Africa and social consumerism in South America, global 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. Mike Walsh can deliver you a road map to navigate the growth potential of tomorrow's world.

During his presentation on the topic, Mike shares:

  • Why the multicultural web of tomorrow will be different from the one we use today
  • How the virtual global organizations of the future will compete on supply chain, talent mobility and tax structures
  • Understanding the emerging market consumers and their impact on your global growth
  • Why every company, regardless of size, should globalize at least one part of its operations

Data-Driven Leadership

Big Data, once just the domain of technology professionals, will soon be the number one issue for all business leaders. Tomorrow’s leaders will make better decisions, not from experience, charisma or intuition but through their ability to integrate real-time data into their thinking. Based on ...

Big Data, once just the domain of technology professionals, will soon be the number one issue for all business leaders. Tomorrow’s leaders will make better decisions, not from experience, charisma or intuition but through their ability to integrate real-time data into their thinking.
Based on first-hand research, analysis of disruptive strategies and real-world examples from some of the most innovative companies,

Mike Walsh shows you why the real revolution is not just about how big your data is, but a mindset change about how data gets used in the enterprise.

In the presentation on this topic, Mike shares:

  • Why the future of smart leadership will be small decisions informed by data
  • How to cultivate a management culture of experimentation, risk and feedback loops
  • Learning to speak the language of data, and translating insights into stories that inspire change
  • Identifying the critical data pivots in your business, the real-time numbers no leader can afford to ignore

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Biography

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 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.

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 writer 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 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.