Hero image

Michael McQueen

Michael McQueen is a 5-time bestselling author and trends forecaster helping organisations and leaders stay one step ahead of disruption.

Michael McQueen is a multi-award winning speaker, trend forecaster and six-time bestselling author.

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

In addition to featuring regularly as a commentator on TV and radio, 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 300,000 people across 5 continents since 2004, and is known for his engagingentertaining and practical conference presentations

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

A timeline

Coming from a background in marketing and research, in 2004 Michael founded a consultancy specializing in demographic shifts and social trends called The Nexgen Group.

Michael’s first book The ‘New’ Rules of Engagement was the culmination of a 3-year study of the key drivers of youth culture around the world. With an emphasis on the values and attitudes of Millennials, this 2007 release focussed on helping business leaders, educators and parents better engage a younger generation.

In 2009 and 2010, Michael went on to release a range of gift books called Memento and Wisdom which were designed to bridge the generation gap in families by helping parents pass on their stories and life lessons to the next generation. Building on the international success of this giftbook range, Michael created an online memoir-writing app for parents called Histography.com.

Michael’s third bestselling book Winning the Battle for Relevance was a landmark title that explored why even the greatest businesses and institutions become obsolete and how others could avoid their fate. Drawing on research tracking 500 of the world’s most iconic brands over 5 years, Michael outlined a range of strategies for organizations and businesses who are committed to staying ahead of the curve by re-inventing themselves before they are forced to do so.

In 2016 Michael's research emphasis shifted to focus on the key habits and mindsets that enable organizations and individuals to stay at the cutting edge over time. He released his fourth bestseller Momentum: How to Build it, Keep it, or Get it Back in October that year. Receiving wide acclaim worldwide, Momentum outlined a simple but powerful formula for staying on a growth trajectory and ensuring that a success groove doesn't become a rut.

Michael's newest book How to Prepare Now for What's Next is a revealing glimpse at the key trends that will shape the coming years including Artificial Intelligence, robotics and nanotechnology. Michael's explores the technological shifts and social changes that no organization or individual can afford to ignore and offers a practical game plan for thriving in an age of disruption.

more Testimonials >

My topics...

How to bullet-proof your business-model in turbulent times

Every business and industry today is facing a perfect storm of disruption and upheaval. In the face of the changes ahead, agility and adaptability will be more important than ever.

The future success and survival of your organization will rest on the ability to anticipate, prepare for and pre-empt disruption.

Key Takeaways:

  • The 4 FORMS that disruption will take in the coming decade
  • The KEY TECHNOLOGY TRENDS that will shape the future including Artificial Intelligence, robotics and business automation
  • The common CULTURE and MINDSET TRAPS that will set any organization on a collision course with obsolescence – and how to avoid them
  • PROVEN and PRACTICAL STRATEGIES for staying one step ahead of change and REMAINING RELEVANT

The secret to achieving effortless and enduring growth

We all love being on a roll, in sync and firing on all cylinders – that flow-state sensation where everything just seems to work.

But what happens when the groove becomes a rut, inspiration evaporates or your mojo disappears?

Enduring success and growth for any business today is dependent on building and maintaining unstoppable momentum.

Key Takeaways:

  • The SCIENCE and ART of momentum – where it comes from and why it makes all the difference when you’ve got it working for you
  • A PRACTICAL and POWERFUL FORMULA for building momentum individually or in a team
  • How to get into a FLOW STATE of PEAK PRODUCTIVITY on a daily basis
  • The role that FOCUS and CONSISTENCY play in ensuring a GROOVE doesn’t become a RUT over time

The essential guide to understanding and engaging the next generation

No organization or business can afford to ignore Millennials. In addition to being the largest generation in history, they possess over 30% of consumer spending power and make up half of the working population.

Having conducted one the world’s most extensive studies into the defining attitudes and values of Millennials, Michael McQueen has a unique insight into the next generation.

Key Takeaways:

  • The common MYTHS and MISCONCEPTIONS many leaders and businesses believe about Millennials (even if they don't know it)
  • The CORE BELIEFS, MINDSETS and EXPECTATIONS of next-generation consumers and employees
  • The secret to ENGAGING, PERSUADING and MOTIVATING Millennials
  • A range of PROVEN and PRACTICAL STRATEGIES for being RELEVANT to a younger cohort

How to equip today’s students for the future

Students in classrooms today will enter a world very different to the one their teachers and parents have known.

In light of the uncertainty that lies ahead, it is more important than ever that educators keep their finger of the pulse of technological and societal trends in order to help students prepare for them.

Key Takeaways:

  • The key SOCIAL and TECHNOLOGY TRENDS that will shape the future including Artificial Intelligence, robotics and automation
  • The SKILLS and COMPETENCIES that young people will need in order to be future-fit
  • Why and how EDUCATION PRACTICES and PARADIGMS must evolve in the coming years
  • A range of PROVEN and PRACTICAL STRATEGIES for making classroom learning RELEVANT to the next generation of learners

Watch me...

3 ways teachers can shift from 'content delivery' to 'capability building'

October 12th 2018

As we consider how to make our classroom and school system "future fit", one of the most important things we need to embrace as educators is a paradigm shift from focussing on content delivery to capability building.

3 New Paradigms for Pedagogy

October 10th 2018

 Over a century ago, the great educationalist John Dewey remarked: “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.”

Why you need more “stoppers’ in your team

March 2nd 2018

You never hear job ads looking for people who can effect real change. Sure, there’s the ads seeking “ambitious go-getters”, or the old chestnut: “think outside the box”.

But that’s not really what they’re looking for.



When it is working for you, momentum can be your biggest asset and your best friend. However, when you start to lose your mojo and get into a rut, turning things around requires a specific set of skills and understanding.

This simple and powerful book will show you how to build and keep unstoppable momentum in both business and life. You will discover the secrets of lasting growth and vitaliity while learning how smart individuals and organizastions stay on a roll and at the cutting edge.

Re-Invention eVideo Series

Re-Invention eVideo Series

In this six-part eVideo series Michael McQueen outlines the re-invention roadmap - the path to successfully renewing your business in an age of rapid descent into irrelevancy.

Winning the Battle for Relevance

Winning the Battle for Relevance

The last handful of years have seen something of an epidemic of extinction in the business community. Looking at business failures ranging from Borders to SAAB and even Kodak, brands and industries are quickly realising that business-as-usual is no longer enough. Peter Drucker's insight from a number of years ago is truer today than ever before: we must now run faster and faster just to stand still.

The ’New’ Rules of Engagement

The ’New’ Rules of Engagement

A guide to understanding & connecting with Generation Y. This bestseller is invaluable for parents, teachers & employers who are challenged on a daily basis by Generation Y.

Go To Top