Michael McQueen
Futurist in residence

Imagine having a Futurist and Trends Forecaster available to your organisation throughout the year delivering meaningful, thought provoking programs that enlighten, educate and challenge? One that helps you to understand the impact of trends and prepare/adapt before change hits.

At ODE Management, we want to put the power of education and professional development of your people in your hands. You know your business the best. You know your company culture intimately. Chances are you also know what is needed to take your organisation to the next level and to ensure continued professional growth and development in your people, technology and culture.

That is why we have designed this Menu that enables you to select the overarching themes and subtopics that you believe would best benefit your organisation across any given period of time.

Below are 12 different sections of content that lend themselves to being a mix of keynote and workshops and would work over a 1-hour to 3-hour window building sequentially month-on-month.
However, the choice is entirely yours.

Simply tick the boxes (as many or as few) as you like, and we will work with you in putting together the best program to capitalise on having Michael McQueen YOUR Futurist In Residence.

Once we receive your menu choices, Michael and your ODE Consultant will reach out to organise a discussion in greater detail in order for us to curate an incredible In Residence program.

Michael McQueen is a multi-award winning speaker, trend forecaster and bestselling author of eight books.

With clients including KPMG, Pepsi and Cisco, he has helped some of the world’s most successful brands navigate disruption and maintain momentum.

Michael is a regular commentator on TV and radio and his work has featured in publications ranging from the UK Daily Mail to Medium.com and the Huffington Post. In addition, Michael is a familiar face on the international conference circuit having shared the stage with the likes of Bill Gates, Dr. John Maxwell and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Michael has spoken to over 500,000 people across 5 continents since 2004, and is known for his engaging, entertaining and practical conference presentations.

Having been recently named Australia’s Keynote Speaker of the Year, Michael was inducted into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame.

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The first broad category of content would focus on what the coming 3-5 years will hold for a client or industry and would draw on the bulk of research in Michael’s books Preparing Now for What’s Next and The New Now. The key focus would be on identifying patterns before they become trends and trends before they become disruptions. The focus would include but not be limited to the impact of artificial intelligence, augmented reality, quantum computing and nanotechnology. This body of content would map out the strategic landscape and set the tone/context for the following sessions. 

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While much has been said about the Millennial generation in recent years, smart leaders and organizations are beginning to represent the change and opportunities represented by their younger cousins, Gen Z. This group make up roughly 35% of the global population and have a combined consumer spending power of $148 billion. However, they have their own unique set of values and expectation. Now is the time to identify what makes your future customer and workforce tick so you can engage them in a meaningful way. 

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While a focus on continuous improvement and incremental change has value, the changes that lies ahead mean more revolutionary approach will be necessary to stay one step ahead. This means fundamentally re-thinking assumptions about a business, it’s customers and industry norms more broadly. Revolutionary change must not mean throwing the baby out with the bathwater. It is about maintaining the core essentials and repurposing the core assets and advantages an organisation already possesses. 

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Disruption rarely emerges in the ways we anticipate, in the form we expect or from the places we’d imagine. In order to prepare for the future, developing the habits and skills of peripheral strategic vision is key to identify and capitalise on nascent trends.

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While smart leaders and businesses recognise the need to adapt when change emerges, even smarter businesses and leaders adapt before their hand is forced. The best time to reinvent a business is when business is good, but this is easier said than done. It takes great courage to change things that are still working but this is something every enduringly relevant business and visionary leader consistently does.

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There are few things that leave a business more vulnerable to disruption than neglecting customer experience. I highlight the fact that the most powerful innovation skill is empathy - to be able to step into the shoes of our clients and customers and understand what is causing friction in dealing with your organization or products/services and addressing these before competitors do. Identifying friction can also be a fantastic catalyst for innovation as customer voice is powerful in this regard.

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Any business that is not making mistakes and experiencing failures is likely not working on hard enough problems. To stay relevant and be innovating enough to stay relevant requires an appetite for boldness, audacity, and risk. This needs to be cultivated as a culture, modelled by leadership and actively incentivised in order to occur.

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In an era of low trust and high transparency, maintaining the affinity of customers, staff and stakeholders is harder than ever but has never mattered more. Trust is becoming one of the most valuable commodities for any organization and those who can build it, maintain it or quickly regain it when things go stand to significantly win. Research indicates that trust is a function of consistent behaviours, clarify of values and purpose and clearly demonstrated credibility. 

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In any organization or team, the past can either be a rudder or an anchor. Staying relevant in times of rapid change requires every leader to identify the processes, practices and philosophies from the past that may could erode their future relevance. Many of the most dangerous traditions are habitual in nature and we can be unaware of their existence.

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Something dangerous happens when a cohesive team becomes a conformist one. Decades of research shows the importance of diversity of thought in a team or organization. More than just ensuring that people with different backgrounds and perspectives are at the decision-making table, it is critical that leaders take steps to encourage those with fresh eyes and unconventional perspectives to be heard. These divergent views are out of the box and unconventional but that’s what can make them so important to an organization’s strategy. 

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Enduring success and growth for any organization is dependent on building and maintaining unstoppable momentum. Over time, it is common for a groove to become a rut and for familiar routines to begin to derail productivity and effectiveness. Building momentum from a standing start is no mean feat but there is an art and science to maintaining dynamism over the long haul. n organization’s strategy. 

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Leading and managing hybrid or remote work teams requires a new set of skills. It is more important than ever that we harness the power of collaboration and creativity but doing so without proximity can pose challenges. Leveraging the collective wisdom of a dispersed team while maintaining a sense of belonging and shared values will be essential in the years ahead.

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Tick this box to include a discussion regarding having your In Residence professional “On Tap” and available to key leaders in your organisation throughout the course of the residency to ask questions, seek guidance, bounce ideas and obtain further insights.

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In residence testimonials - Michael McQueen

  • Brenard Grobler - CEO, Greenstone Pty Ltd

    Michael is a brilliant speaker and his 4 interactive virtual sessions for our leadership team were very insightful.

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    • Testimonial giver Brenard Grobler - CEO, Greenstone Pty Ltd
  • Maria Voronina - Strategic Planning Manager, Chobani

    Michael is an inspiring, knowledgeable, entrepreneurial and visionary professional who has been a fantastic support to the Chobani business over the past two years. I can confidently say that Michael has been instrumental in helping our business address the opportunities and challenges ahead of us. Michael is restless in his curiosity and possesses a genuine desire to help businesses grow. I cannot wait to see what our collaboration brings in the future!

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    • Testimonial giver Maria Voronina - Strategic Planning Manager, Chobani
  • Karen Nash - Senior Vice President, Synchrony Financial

    We have received nothing but rave reviews from our clients and leadership team about Michael’s presentations. His delivery is a wonderful mix of storytelling, real world examples and tangible action items

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    • Testimonial giver Karen Nash - Senior Vice President, Synchrony Financial
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