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Clarke AO

Australian cricketing great.


The 43rd test captain of Australia, and widely known as one of the best batsman of all time, Michael Clarke has dominated the cricket world since his international debut in 2003.

Current work

In 2020 Michael was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to cricket as a player at the national and international level, through leadership roles, and to the community.

His commitment to cricket continues with his contract to Channel 9 providing him with the ability to commentate through the Australian summer.

Michael is the ambassador of four different charities. Life education Australia, cancer council, loyal foundation, and the McGrath Foundation and has raised millions of dollars for their cause.

He is a big believer in giving back to the community which is why he launched his Michael Clarke cricket academy in 2014. Helping kids be the best they can be and providing them with the guidance, support, motivation and confidence they need to reach their goals.

With his extended family always by his side throughout his illustrious career, family has always been a highlight in his life, he is a loving husband to Kyly, and doting father to Kelsey Lee.

Previous experience

Captain: Clarke was anointed the Australian captaincy in 2011 where in less than 18 months under his leadership he took the team from number five in the world, to number one.

Score: In the test arena, Michael scored 28 centuries and 27 half-centuries in his 115 matches - figures which only tell part of the story. It was his unforgettable, unbeaten 329* against India in Sydney in the 2011/12 season - and his four double centuries in a calendar year (2012) - that underlined his importance to Australian cricket. Those innings marked him as a batsman who is at his best when his back is against the wall and will be a hallmark of his career as much as his aggressive attitude to winning.

Medals: Through Clarke’s career he received the Allan Border medal on 4 occasions, another testament to his contributions to Australian cricket.

Retirement: Since retirement in 2015, Michael has maintained the position of most talked about Australian sportsman and has had more GQ covers than any other male in Australia.

Talking Points

Developing a Winning and Enduring Culture

Whether it's the playing surface or the company floor, a positive and winning culture is imperative for organisational success. Michael will clearly illustrate the stepping stones to developing and maintaining a culture that is success orientated, robust and evolutionary with the needs of the organisation. Michael will draw on creating a culture that saw the Australian cricket team go from number 5 in the world to no 1 in 14 months.

Leadership 101A: The Things That Business Can Learn From Sport

Focus, continual training, self evaluation, getting the best out of people and their personality types, reading the future with crystal clarity, goal setting done properly..... These are all common elements to achieving success. Michael will speak openly on how he learned all of these essential leadership traits during 16 years of elite sports performance and translate rules and tips that all leaders can invoke.

The Essentials to Understanding Human Performance Criteria

What makes certain people perform at higher levels than expectation? What are the secret ingredients to getting team members to put points on the company scoreboard rather than their personal record? What are the small things that team members do and don't respond to from their leaders. Michael will present the key elements that he used in getting the best out of his players and the evaluation tools needed to understand that every one is different and a leader needs to understand those differences to get peak performance.

Achieving Victory in the Face of Adversity

The amount of times that businesses appear to have lost their way and that hope is gone is all too regular. Test match cricket is one of the most highly strategic arenas of elite sport. Making key decisions under pressure is critical to achieving victory yet the atmosphere makes clarity difficult. Michael will inspire and leave insights to making key decisions under pressure.

The Power of Different

Differentiation is one of the most important attributes to achieving your goals. Michael achieved phenomenal success as an international sportsman yet he certainly wasn't born privileged with a gift of achieving such heights. There is no greater feeling than being successful in your own right, in your own way and embracing your uniqueness. Michael will inspire high performance among the audience by discussing his goal setting techniques and his planning of how to achieve them, your way.
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