Michael is active as an entrepreneur in entertainment & leisure property and holds investments in technology companies.
He is considered one of the world’s leading High Performance Coaches for Entrepreneurs, business owners and corporate executives.
He also acts as a consulting advisor to corporations and Governments on entrepreneurialism and innovation.
The author of The Business of Creativity and Entrepreneurs, Mavericks and Empire Builders, he is also the Co-Host of Nothing Ventured on Australia’s Your Money Network and Foxtel Channel 601.
Michael acts as a Non-Executive Director to Boards, has delivered lectures at London Metropolitan University, University of Westminster and Central Middlesex University London and is a Judge of the esteemed Great British Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.
Michael was Founding international Co-Owner & Co-Producer of the Dirty Dancing stage show
Michael was a Founding Shareholder, Co-Producer and marketing director of the company which bought the global rights to the Dirty Dancing brand for the purposes of transforming it into a stage show.
To this day it remains of of the most successful live entertainment properties of all time and has set records in London’s West-End and around the world and grossed hundreds of millions of dollars.
Properties Michael’s companies have developed, operated or managed:
Michael has been Chairman of two companies (one in the Asia Pacific and one in Europe) which develop, operate and manage entertainment and leisure precincts and properties.
The developments transform cities and areas within cities and stimulate culture as well as delivering significant social benefits including employment and economically elevating the small businesses in the supporting ecosystem.
The properties in the Asia Pacific of which Michael was Chairman and shareholder rank among the top of their kind in the world and are award winning.
He has several new properties under development and management in Europe.
Michael and his team have successfully delivered for many corporations and Governments around the world.
Whilst most corporations were originally built by an entrepreneur and often have almost unlimited budgets and massive teams to implement innovation, the culture necessary to facilitate innovation is often lost as the company grows bigger.
Innovation is not only the latest buzzword, it is the very bedrock on which a company needs to be built and to grow. Innovation is ongoing. Innovation must be forward looking. Innovation must be a culture that permeates the entire organisation.
Many corporates failed in their quest to innovate including: Kodak, MySpace, Yahoo, Polaroid, Toys ‘r Us and Nokia. It happens to the best. The leaders. The household names. The companies we never think will fail. We hope that none of today’s household names ever fail but there are no guarantees. The best solution is to not just have an innovation strategy but for the organisation to embody the very ethos it.
Society cannot afford for large corporations to fail. They don’t just belong to their shareholders, they are in some ways owned by all of us – they employ people, we all use their services and they are part of our everyday lives.
It is not just Start Ups at risk of failure – every large corporation is one piece of technology or one instance of lazy or ‘market-leader; thinking, away from failure or missed opportunities.
Technology and the ever changing and disrupted business landscape has put large corporates at a greater risk than ever and has democratised the search for customers solutions, enabling small start-ups to win this race time and time again.
Put in the positive, Michael believes that corporations and governments, be they non-innovators or organisations with an existing successful strategy, can achieve significantly more if they take the next step and implement some entrepreneurial spirit to super-charge their innovation.
Michael’s training programmes are tailored to the specific organisation and circumstances and address innovation and they see him work with the team (which often includes the senior leadership team) to brainstorm, devise or refine strategies or simply to understand the current innovation landscape and the ecosystem of the start-up world.
The programmes also introduce the concept (where it is appropriate), of innovation laboratories and partnering, working with or acquiring stare ups with the requisite knowledge to supercharge the organisations innovative capacity-and then works with the corporations and governments to implement these strategies.
He coaches ambitious people across the globe looking for an edge.
The Entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial processes he imparts help entrepreneurs and executives innovate faster,excel, increase profits and better lead their teams.
Michael is a rarity – a coach who has a long business career which is ongoing.
As an author and advisor, he has also interviewed and learnt from some of the wealthiest and most successful business people on the planet.
Drawing on his rare expertise in entrepreneurial processes and his proven results in high performance, leadership and entrepreneurial ultra achievement, Michael uses signature processes and systems which, when combined with his own network, deliver strong results to those he chooses to work with.
The true formula for entrepreneurialism is totally misunderstood. Michael brings it into full clarity with the people he works with which delivers powerful results.
Governments work with Michael; Government Ministers work with Michael; executives from leading corporations work with Michael; experienced Entrepreneurs work with Michael and awesome and ambitious Start-Up Founders and Entrepreneurs work with Michael.
Michael’s allocated time for mentoring and coaching is limited. He works with a number of carefully selected clients. Size is irrelevant. Ambition and a willingness to achieve self and business mastery is.
If you need to up your game, do it. If you are already the best, get better.
If you want to work with someone who has done it, click here to enquire.
He is commonly involved in:
Speeches and training workshops for corporations
Lecturing at Universities and Colleges
Workshops for small and large groups
His usual speaking topics revolve around:
The secret processes of entrepreneurialism
The Entrepreneur Toolkit & The Intrapreneur Toolkit
Leadership & Innovation
Creative technology trends
Start-up and growth businesses and business advice/life stories
Psychological aspects of business and challenges
Creative Sector business
For UK speaking engagements contact Room54 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Nothing Ventured follows on from Michael’s successful YouTube series showcasing creators and innovators across the world.
He teamed up with financial services entrepreneur Anthony Bell as Co-host to showcase some of Australia’s most high profile business leaders.
The show focusses on the secrets of their success and in particular, their entrepreneurial attributes.
It is great viewing for anyone interested in these legends of Australian business and particularly for anyone starting or growing their own business.
Nothing Ventured let’s you learn from the best.