Best known for her pioneering work and ideas in the field of workplace culture, Michelle believes that our experience of the workplace has a profound impact on innovation, leadership and the future of work.

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.

As business 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 workplace and business performance by improving their experience of work.

The author of four books, including her international bestseller ‘Culture Inc, that provides a fresh, original and thought-provoking take on workplace culture, and, her latest book, ‘Imperfect Leadership’, which explores authenticity, embracing imperfection and how comparison in leadership is the fast-track to burnout.

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

Michelle works Online, Live, Nationally and Internationally. Some her clients include BHP (mining), BAE (defence), SA Water (utilities), University of Adelaide, and the Australian Federal Government.

Michelle is a member of the new generation of speakers and authors who give generously to their audience and maintain relevance through continual research and development. Each presentation is a bit different, because 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 is available for speaking engagements, workshops and consultancy and would love to hear from you!

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Michelle’s Signature Keynotes…

What you know about culture is stopping you from making change.

Time is an unrenewable resource, so it’s no surprise that we consistently look for easy solutions to complex problems. Unfortunately, the easy solution is usually what stops the change from occurring.

Myths at Work takes you on an enjoyable, evidence-based, exploratory journey to discover the myths at work that we believe, why we believe them, and how they are stopping us from making the changes we need to make. Michelle will provide an alternative way of addressing your ‘culture’ that provides practical solutions to complex problems.

Use stories to change your culture and create a better workplace experience.

Joseph Campbell discovered that stories across time and cultures have a common thread and that the human experience is guided, not just narrated, by its stories. We have created stories, myths and legends in workplaces that guide our work and decisions.

Stories that Work uses insights from great storytellers and narrators to provide an effective and engaging way of creating a new experience at work. As an author of four books, including the bestseller Culture Inc, Michelle combines expertise in culture change with her ability to weave a story to give your audiences a new and effective way of engaging their people and customers.

There’s a hole in my bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza…. starts the popular nursery Rhyme, and just like poor Henry, who can’t find a solution to his leaky bucket, leaders in workplaces around the country can’t find a solution to their “leaky bucket”, ie: – their workforce churn.

Much to the delight of recruitment firms everywhere, companies continue to recruit new people to fill the gaps in their workforce; however, if your workplace experience is lacking… they won’t stay, and the leak will continue. How much time, energy, money and effort are you wasting trying to fill a leaky bucket?

Magnetise Your Workplace gives your audience an understanding of the impact of their workplace experience and culture on their ability to retain great-quality people and gives them tools to keep great people and have others lined up at their door. Want to stop the workforce churn? Let’s fix the bucket, dear Henry.

Ex + Lx = Cx

Learn the formula that converts your culture into a great customer experience.

Ever wondered if there’s a hidden link between the challenges of keeping your star team members and ensuring repeat business from satisfied customers? You’re onto something!

In this keynote, we’re diving deeper than “Casual Day Fridays”. We’re exploring the profound relationship between a thriving workplace culture and sustained customer loyalty.

Instead of isolated challenges, see them as interconnected opportunities. With a fresh perspective on business culture, we’ll explore actionable insights that can redefine how your team operates and how your customers perceive you.

Join us for a deep dive into a new conversation about customer experience. It’s not just about better service—it’s about understanding the core of how that experience is built.

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Here are some places where you may have seen/heard me speak:

Live and In Person (Conferences/Networks):

  • People2People (Melbourne, Adelaide, & Brisbane)
  • NAWIC, SA Chapter Network Event (Adelaide)
  • MSD – Leaders Forum (Sydney)
  • AACQA – Leaders Forum (Sydney)
  • PMI SA Chapter (Adelaide)
  • LAST Conference (Adelaide)
  • Women in Leadership Conference (Adelaide)
  • AHRI SA Network Events (Adelaide)
  • Sass Entrepreneur Summit (Adelaide)
  • EAPA Summit (Sydney Australia)
  • Rotary Club
  • Workforce Planning in Government Conference (Sydney & Canberra Australia)
  • Lions Club International Convention – Adelaide Hilton Australia

Live and Online (Keynotes)

  • SA Public Sector, Manager Essentials Launch (live online keynote)
  • BAE, UK (live online)
  • EOS, Germany/US (live online)
  • Australian Schools Network (live online)
  • People2People (live online)
  • BAE – National Change Community (live online)

Podcasts and Interviews

  • Made for More (Podcast)
  • Creating Synergy (Podcast)
  • Get Invested (Podcast)
  • Be the Drop (Podcast)

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      Thanks and Praise…

      “I work with entrepreneurs and female change makers what are working hard to create businesses that deliver results and that their customers and employee love. One thing I know for sure is that business culture and leadership ability is critical to their success. Michelle shared her expertise in these areas with participants at our SASS Summit. Our participants valued her presentation and I’m thrilled that she is sharing this expertise more broadly through her books.”
      Carly Thompson-Barry

      Founder and Director, SASS Collective and She Nurtures

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