Mike is the Founder and CEO of XVenture and known for his “can do” unconventional and passionate approach in creating cutting- edge individual and team learning programs Globally. Most recently he played an instrumental part as the mental agility and resilience coach for the history-making A-League team, Sydney FC, who have cemented their place in Australian sporting history as the greatest team of all time.
He has a rare mix of experience and skills having spent many years in Board and Senior positions at Deloitte, EY, Spartan Sports, Standards Australia, Central Coast Mariners and Managing Director of The Wiggles Pty Ltd. His business, human resources, health and clinical qualifications in hypnotherapy and strategic psychotherapy enable him to help individuals and teams from all walks of life, be it senior executives, elite sports people, world class entertainers to achieve amazing things. He has most recently been described as “the coaches coach”. All of Mike’s presentations are unique, tailored and he masterfully integrates a mix of slides, videos and audio into each one being able to draw on his colourful experiences to engage any audience – whether it’s a room full of CEOs or frontline factory workers or elite sports stars.
He is fascinated with the connection between the brain, behaviour and individual and team decision making and is on the cutting edge of work in the field of emotional intelligence, resilience, leadership and anxiety management. He constantly stretches the envelope in the search for solutions to improve individual and team performance. This has been seen in numerous places including the XVenture TV show (One HD); his work as an Adjunct Professor at MGSM; the development of the unique audio visual program on leadership (100 Leaders), his advice and support to coaches and players in cricket; the global dance show Burn the Floor and the development of emotional intelligence and resilience programs in schools. More recently he has brought neuroscience techniques into the mix working with Cognisens of Montreal on the use of 3D multiple object tracking to improve decision making.
Mike’s thoughts and ideas have been seen in a number of places, including major conferences such as; Deloitte Australia’s Partner Conference (keynote), Optus Annual Conference (keynote), MIPCOM Cannes, the CPA National Conference, PWC’s Outlook program, chapters in Wallaby great John Eales’ book on Business Legends and the Thankful Project. Over the years his written observations on personal growth and team development have been and continue to be utilised in organisations all over the World. This includes his published book “The Missing Link”.
His appointment as, Emotional Intelligence, Resilience & Leadership Advisor to Australia’s elite, Sydney FC, is one he is very proud of and is a culmination of his two passions – football (soccer) and supporting the growth and development of people and teams.
Mike has been active in a wide variety of charities including raising funds for the Steve Waugh Foundation, Charlie Teo’s Cure for Life Foundation and Don Spencer’s Australian Children’s Music Foundation.
One of Mike’s life’s passion is music. He has played on many recordings for different artists and has performed as a guitarist with Elvis Presley’s TCB band, the Jordanaires, Glen Shorrock and John Waters.
Building high performance teams in business and elite sport
Change management and culture
Global brand building and strategy
Innovation in business and elite sport