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Michael McQueen

Michael McQueen is a multi-award winning speaker, change strategist and bestselling author of ten books.

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With clients including Google, Toyota and Mastercard, he has helped some of the world’s most successful brands navigate uncertainty and stay ahead of the curve.

Michael is a regular commentator on TV and radio and his work has featured in publications ranging from The Guardian to Forbes and CNN.

In addition, Michael is a familiar face on the international conference circuit having shared the stage with the likes of Bill Gates, Mel Robbins 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 formerly named Australia’s Keynote Speaker of the Year, Michael was inducted into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame.

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High-tech homes are heading our way (The Morning Show)
The Future of Health | The Morning Show (Ch 7)
Fact or (Deep) Fake | The Morning Show (Ch 7)
Mindstuck by Michael McQueen

The Future of Work: Preparing for Tomorrow

As we stand on the cusp of a new era characterised by rapid technological advancement and generational shifts, understanding the key trends shaping the future of work is paramount. The ability to lead high-performance hybrid teams, adapt to generational changes, and navigate the competitive landscape with agility will define the success of leaders and organisations in the coming years. Read more +

Are You Paving the Cattle Track

When we innovate many of us do little more than pave the cattle track. But what does this metaphor mean? Michael Mcqueen explores the notion of innovation through re-invention and finds that paving the cattle track may well work in the short-term but it may cause more problems than it solves. Read more +

Kickstarting Growth Post-Crisis

If there is one word we’ve heard with great frequency in recent months, it would be ‘unprecedented’. While so much of what we’ve all experienced in 2020 is the definition of extraordinary, it’s important to remember that many businesses have faced existential threats and crises over the years - only to emerge stronger resulting from the experience. From IBM to Converse, Lego and event Apple, there is much we can learn from businesses that have emerged from acutely difficult times and bounced back strongly. Read more +

Maintaining momentum in tough times

Crises are rarely convenient and they’re never fun. As the world confronts the single biggest disruption in living memory, how we and our organizations navigate the coming months will be critical.  Read more +

3 ways to build mastery and self efficacy in students

In this short video clip, bestselling author and trend forecaster Michael McQueen examines some of the latest research in how to build resilience, mastery and a Growth Mindset in young people. Giving constant praise and affirmation has been proven to not work in building true self-esteem - so what does? Read more +

3 keys to bringing the learning experience to life

In this short video clip, bestselling author and trend forecaster Michael McQueen identifies 3 steps educators can take to create classroom experiences that are meaningful and memorable. Michael examines some of the latest research in the learning styles of today's students and explores how schools and teachers can more effectively engage them in learning Read more +

Building a Culture of Boldness and Risk-Taking

Many organizations talk about the importance of taking risks, being bold and being adventurous. They realize that they need to experience failure and be innovative in order to stay at the cutting edge in the face of disruption. The verbiage of this is common in the business landscape. We know we need to fail fast and fail frequently. The reality is that very few organizations are actually following through and seeing this become a part of the everyday experience or culture within an organization.  Read more +

Why trusted brands are more lucrative, loved and longer lasting

Whether in interpersonal relationships or our interaction with brands and institutions, trust is the foundation of loyalty, engagement and affinity. And this foundation has taken some big hits in recent years. Read more +

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

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. Read more +

3 New Paradigms for Pedagogy

 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.” Read more +

Why you need more “stoppers’ in your team

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. Read more +

Top 20 Trends Report

This report draws on over a decade of trend forecasting to highlight the top 20 trends that will shape the next decade. Whether these trends become an existential threat or an exciting opportunity for your business will largely depend on your perspective and preparedness. Read more +

7 Tips for managing the Millennial

With nearly 50% of the world's workforce to be comprised of Millennials in just a few years, they're a demographic your business can't afford to ignore.

Who's really in control on the roads of the future?

Are you ready to give up control? The driverless car revolution promises to make our roads safer, reduce emissions and unclog our highways. But who's really in control? Michael McQueen takes a hard look at the future of our roads, and what it means for our autonomy, economy and safety.

Why your office setup is killing your productivity

The modern office environment seems almost purpose-built to destroy productivity. It’s the co-worker stopping by your desk with a quick question, the endless meetings and memos, the conversation between colleagues within earshot you simply can’t help but tune into. Read more +

Are you addicted to the distraction drug?

A September 2015 tweet from Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Gay was one of the funniest I read last year: ‘There’s a guy in this coffee shop sitting at a table, not on his phone, not on a laptop, just drinking coffee, like a psychopath.’ Read more +

The 5 biggest handbrakes on Momentum

From Sony to Microsoft, Adidas to Alcoa, and Billabong to Lego, many a brand has lost their mojo at one time or another. Michael McQueen shares key insights on how we can keep the pedal on momentum.From Sony to Microsoft, Adidas to Alcoa, and Billabong to Lego, many a brand has lost their mojo at one time or another. Read more +

The Vital KPI You're Probably Ignoring

Watch multi award-winning speaker and bestselling author Michael McQueen explain how the Law of Amplification is the #1 KPI you're most likely ignoring.. Read more +

Momentum: How to Get it, Keep it & Get it Back

Watch as bestselling author Michael McQueen breaks down the basics of momentum. How can we build it, keep it and get it back working on our side? Michael's brilliant new keynote is one not to miss at DARE. Read more +

The Biggest Disruptions Of 2015

While disruption has been the business buzzword of choice recent years, the past 12 months have been an unprecedented and significant time for fundamental change in organisations. Read more +

The Key To Reinventing Banking

The finance and banking industry has gone through a huge shift, and the change won't be slowing down any time soon. Read more +

Decode Your Consumers

The sales game has changed beyond recognition - and if the last ten years have brought such dramatic shifts, then we can only imagine what's in store. Read more +

Keeping The Events Industry Relevant

How does an events company make sure that, with the development of new technologies and new consumer trends, they continue to stay ahead of the relevance curve? Read more +

Your Life Is About To Change

Ever had a lightbulb blow and then not replaced it for weeks because getting to Bunnings was such a trek? Or have you run out of bread only to find your corner shop closed? These little annoyances are just part of life...until now. Read more +

How Relevant Is Your Employer Brand?

The last handful of years have seen something of an epidemic of extinction in the business community. Looking at businesses failures ranging from Borders to Billabong, Kodak and music giant HMV, brands and industries are quickly realizing that business-as-usual is no longer be enough. Peter Drucker’s insight in the mid 1980s is truer today than ever before: we must now run faster and faster just to stand still. Read more +

The Great Tech Home Invasion

For anyone working in the technology sphere, you will know that your consumers are no longer confining technology to their work lives. People are demanding technological intelligence in every facet of their lives - from data around their workouts to a home that echoes the Jetson lifestyle we all grew up in awe of. As consumer demands continue to disrupt the status quo, even the IT & technology industries aren't safe from becoming irrelevant. Gen Y's & Gen Z's are their own computer experts and will soon no longer require an 'expert' as they continue to become one themselves. So… Read more +

Is Your Job Becoming Irrelevant?

In a world of constant change, how can we predict whether the role we play at work will continue to exist for years to come? In this thought provoking & no holds barred interview with ABC Radio, disruption analyst Michael McQueen gives us an insight into what industries will shortly become obsolete. Read more +

Can You Future Proof Pharma?

Recent years have seen scores of iconic businesses and brands fall by the wayside. The demise of Kodak, Borders and Nortel leaves us with little doubt – shift is happening and no organization or brand is immune to extinction. Read more +

When Business Marriages Turn Sour

Are mergers becoming irrelevant? Do two relevant businesses now equal one miserable marriage? For every Fuji Xerox there’s a Sony Ericsson so below are my thoughts on the pros and pitfalls of merging your business. Wedding bells are ringing. Business marriages seem to be in season. First there were the Microsoft-Nokia nuptials last year and now the blessed union of WhatsApp and Facebook. Even one-time retail rivals Myer and David Jones are flirting with the idea of engaging in consummation rather than competition. Read more +

The Lost Art of Downtime…

In an age where daily life is lived at breakneck speed, are we losing the ability to enjoy downtime to our own detriment? Read more +

Why I Deleted Facebook

I recently took the bold step of deleting Facebook... and the experience was incredibly revealing. Now I guess I should be clear up front. I haven't dropped out of the Facebook world entirely – doing so would spell almost certain death socially and commercially. However, a few weeks ago I did take the dramatic step of deleting the Facebook App off my smartphone and only checking my feed when on my laptop. Read more +

Your New Years Relevance Revolution

So many businesses are sitting here today faced with the knowledge that they are less relevant today than they were a year ago. They don't quite know how it happened; everything seemed to be going so well. They were THE hottest product last January, but now the numbers say different. Read more +

The Tyranny of Tradition

Beware the Tyranny of Tradition Michael McQueen warns us in this cautionary tale of a business that gets slowed down by it's 'barnacles' Every business needs to ask itself, are we innovating? Are we doing enough to ensure we remain streamlined? Or are we carrying the dead weight of processes and systems that are no longer relevant? Read more +

Reviving retail – how smart retail brands are winning in the digital age

It is harder to make a dollar in retail today than ever before. Recent years have seen the retail sector buffeted by a series of fierce and disruptive headwinds. Indicative of this fact, consider the raft of retail brands such as Payless Shoes and Borders that have had little alternative than to file for bankruptcy as the going has gotten tough. While a combination of factors have contributed to the woes of retailers, it is perhaps the ever-growing threat of technology and online competition that has had the greatest impact. Read more +

Reviving Retail – How Smart Retail Brands Are Winning In The Digital Age

It is harder make a buck in retail today than ever before. Recent years have seen the retail sector buffeted by a series of fierce and disruptive headwinds. Read more +

Winning The Battle For Personal Relevance

As new technologies continue to change the pace and nature of the workplace, individuals face the ever-growing challenge of remaining ahead of the curve. Read more +

Dealing with Generation High Maintenance

Having grown up in the era of self esteem, today's young employees have been inundated with extrinsic positive affirmation their whole lives. This has often resulted in them needing constant praise and validation from employers and managers. In this short video, Michael McQueen explores some of the challenges and implications of dealing with 'high maintenance' young people while outlining strategies for responding to them effectively. Read more +

Are you ‘Telco’ Relevant?

Staying relevant is Important for any industry, but in the world of Telecommunications the pace of change is staggering. In the video Michael McQueen discusses the 3 main shifts that will determine your organisations relevance right now and in the future. Read more +

The Galileo Effect

In the late 16th century, a medical student in the Italian city of Pisa observed a swinging chandelier with interest. Later, after scrutinizing a collection of chandeliers of all shapes and sizes arcing from left to right the student, one Galileo Galilei, concluded that whatever their form or size, chandeliers take roughly the same time to complete one arc. Galileo’s subsequent experiments led to theories that rocked the prevalent school of thought in Europe at the time – namely that the universe revolved around the Earth. Read more +

The Death of the Gatekeeper

2013 will be looked back on as the year that marked the Death of the Gatekeeper. Known technically as ‘disintermediation’, recent years have seen the viability and necessity of middlemen significantly eroded – an erosion that will gather pace in the coming 12 months. From travel agents to financial planners and stockbrokers, modern technologies and the Internet in particular have seen a profound change in the nature of distribution. The gates have been blown wide open – consumers can now connect directly with service providers and have access to ample information with which they can make intelligent buying decisions. Read more +

Does Gen Y have a CRUSH on your brand?

Michael McQueen reviews “How Cool Brands Stay Hot” on his blog: More than ever before, the youth market is as lucrative as it is big. Considering Gen Y possess 50 cents in every dollar of discretionary spending power, companies and brands ignore this target demographic at their peril. After all, businesses whose messaging, distributions channels and products are only geared toward older generations will find themselves increasingly irrelevant in the coming years. Read more +

How is your 'Silent Pulse'?

While most businesses measure their success by looking at tangible vital signs like sales, profit margins and market share, Michael McQueen explores why these 'audible pulses' of a business can be dangerously misleading and unreliable: "By the time the numbers start showing that there's a problem, it's sometimes too late." Read more +


We’re told you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.

But what if you could?

Having spent the past two decades helping Fortune 500 brands and leaders embrace the changes they’d rather fight or ignore, Michael McQueen understands what it takes to change even the most stubborn minds. But doing this is getting harder and harder.

Drawing on the latest discoveries in disciplines ranging from neuroscience to behavioral economics, Michael’s newest book Mindstuck offers ground-breaking insights into the psychology of stubbornness and helps readers rediscover the lost art of persuasion without resorting to coercion.

The New Now - Preparing for the 10 Trends that will dominate a post-COVID world

The New Now - Preparing for the 10 Trends that will dominate a post-COVID world

Times of crisis create great opportunity for those that are prepared. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, smart leaders recognise that now is the time to gear up for what comes next. 

'The New Now' explores the 10 megatrends that will reshape our world, recast our economy and redefine everyday life in ways many of us can scarcely imagine.

"This thought-provoking book offers a lightning-bolt of inspiration for future-proofing any brand. Michael’s insights are super fresh and are the perfect jump start for strategic planning."
- Victoria Brown - Marketing Director, Swarovski

Towards 2030

Towards 2030

Exposing the 8 megatrends that will dominate the coming decade

What every leader, business and change-maker needs to know about the trends that will shape our world by 2030. Prepare yourself for changes that will redefine life in ways we can scarcely imagine.

Inside Towards 2030, you'll discover the 8 Megatrends that will radically change how we live, work and interact in the coming decade. You'll get a detailed, no-fluff breakdown of the progress and potential of each so you can prepare for what's to come.

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The Battle for Hearts and Minds

The Battle for Hearts and Minds

12 Essentials for Winning in the Trust Economy

This white paper explores the latest research examining 12 practical and proven strategies for building the trust of consumers in an age of cynicism, skepticism and transparency.

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