about michelle

Michelle Holland’s message is simple but powerful: if we want our organisations to be better, we have to start by making our ‘experience of work’ better.

Best known for her pioneering work and ideas in the field of business culture, Michelle believes that our experience of work has a profound impact on innovation, leadership and the future—and she should know. As an organisational culture, change and leadership expert with over two decades of experience, Michelle has helped some of Australia’s and the world’s largest companies transform their cultures and business performance by improving their experience of work.

This is a key focus of her work at her company SynergyIQ, where she is the Creative Director and Founder. At SynergyIQ, Michelle and team are working at the forefront of complex organisational change.

The author of four books, including her latest Imperfect Leadership: Stay Goodbye to Burnout and Self Doubt and the international bestselling Culture Inc, create a business that gets results and people love. Michelle is one of the most influential voices in Australia on the experience of work, the business of change and the future of culture and leadership. She is a popular choice for conferences wanting to inspire their audiences with a fresh, original and thought-provoking take on work, culture, leadership and the future and challenges thinking at the highest levels.

She’s a certified Dare to Lead™ facilitator (yes, she’s met Dr Brené Brown), an accredited Culture Profiler, and is undertaking a Doctorate in the field of business leadership.

Michelle gives generously to her audience and maintains relevance through continual research and development. As Michelle learns and grows, so does her ability to provide a unique look at the world through the creative and curious eyes of a corporate anthropologist.

Michelle works Online, Live, Nationally and Internationally. Some her clients include BHP (mining), BAE (defence), KBR (engineering), SA Water (utilities), University of Adelaide, the Australian Federal Government and a variety of other private and government organisations.

She lives in South Australia with her family including two crazy, yet adorable, dogs, and overflowing bookshelves. Michelle admits to a healthy obsession with all things Marvel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Harry Potter.

Michelle is available for speaking engagements, workshops and consultancy and would love to hear from you! Contact her at admin@synergyiq.com.au 


BHP, BAE, Anglicare, University of Adelaide, KBR, SA Water, City of Burnside, City of Charles Sturt, Elders, Flinders University, Royal Society of the Blind (RSB), Dan Murphy’s, RenewalSA, and Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.

Professional Memberships and Notable Achievements


Professional Memberships:

  • Certified Professional Australian HR Institute
  • Member Public Speakers Australia
  • Member Change Management Institute
  • Fellow of Leaders Institute (FGLF13)
  • Graduate Neuroscience Academy
  • Member SA Women Leaders

Qualifications and Accrediations

  • Doctorate of Business Leadership (underway)
  • Graduate Certificate of Human Resource Management
  • Graduate Certificate of Ethics and Legal Studies
  • Certificate in Neuroscience
  • Advanced Diploma of Human Resource Management
  • Advanced Diploma of Accounting
  • Diploma of Management and Leadership
  • Governor’s Leadership Foundation (FGLF13)
  • Certified APMG Change Management Practitioner
  • Accredited Organisational Culture Inventory (Culture Diagnosis)
  • Accredited Organisational Effectiveness Inventory (Business Effectiveness Diagnosis)
  • Accredited Herrmann Brain Dominance Indicator (Thinking Styles Diagnosis)
  • Accredited Lifestyle Inventory (Leadership Style Diagnosis)
  • Accredited Group Styles Inventory (Team Working Diagnosis)


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