2 / November / 2018

Baggy greens to the boardroom: Michael Clarke talks leadership in Moreton Bay


Posted 2 November 2018

Everyone has the ability to be a leader.

They may not captain the Australian cricket team or claim an international victory on the pitch, but that doesn’t mean they can’t champion a winning business culture.

That’s according to the 43rd Test captain of Australia, Michael Clarke, who spoke at the final Business Moreton Bay Region Conference Series event for 2018 on Friday, 26 October at Eatons Hill Hotel.

Addressing a room of more than 250 business owners and sports-goers, Michael admitted that life as a professional athlete prepares you in some ways, but not so much in others, for entering the corporate world.

“The business journey can be long and slow,” he said. “I’m learning every day, but I have high expectations as I played sport at that top level.”

Despite retiring from all forms of cricket in 2015, Michael has continued his innings by heading-up three businesses within private equity, high performance, and lifestyle & property.

He is also an ambassador of Life Education Australia, Cancer Council, Loyal Foundation, and the McGrath Foundation.

Having experienced both success and defeat while wearing the baggy green, Michael is no stranger to the obstacles that life may throw at you.

It was with a great deal of honesty and emotion that Michael revealed his reaction to the passing of former teammate Phillip Hughes, and own struggles with sporting injuries.

Yet it was his passion for life, business, sport and, most importantly, family (he shares a young daughter with wife Kyly Clarke) that prevailed, showing that whether it’s on the field or in the boardroom, a work-life balance, comradery, and playing on individual leadership strengths are critical to success.

Thank you to all those who attended the Business Moreton Bay Region Conference Series, including the morning workshops presented by SRJ Walker Wayland, Akyra, Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism (MBRIT) and Advance Queensland, AusIndustry & Department of Employment, Small Business and Training.

Michael Clarke talks about taking the leap from professional sport to business at Eatons Hill Hotel

Have your say

For those who attended, we’d love your feedback! Fill out a short, online survey about your experience at the workshops and/or lunch event HERE.

The Conference Series is delivered by MBRIT in partnership with Moreton Bay Regional Council. Special thanks to table sponsors Quest Community News, Westpac, and GKS Law.

What’s up next?

While that’s a wrap for the 2018 Business Moreton Bay Region Conference Series, the business community’s ‘night of nights’ is just around the corner!

Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Moreton Bay Region Business Excellence & Innovation Awards gala presentation evening on Friday, 30 November at Eatons Hill Hotel.

Find out more and secure your spot today before this event sells out.


Pictured top: Michael Clarke takes to the stage with MC Michael Atkinson. Bottom: One of four professional development workshops held as part of the Business Moreton Bay Region Conference Series.