Rowdy is an International Keynote Speaker, Author, Business and Leadership consultant. A successful entrepreneur that also loves adventure, Rowdy retired from the first company he created at just 34. He has since created 5 more successful companies from the ground up. He was head hunted to turn around one of Australia' s largest hospitality companies and as the CEO took it from almost bankrupt to significant profits in less than 3 years.
Rowdy has spoken to over 250,000 people in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia. His book 'Play a Bigger Game has been published in 7 countries. He has played professional Rugby League, run marathons, climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, kayaked among the icebergs in Antarctica, tracked gorillas in the jungles of Rwanda and the big 5 animals on the plains of the Serengeti. Taking leadership groups into the heart of Arnhem land to learn about leadership and legacy or across the Tasman to discover the links between possibility, risks and rewards is one of the things he enjoys the most. He works with some of the worlds top companies including Macquarie bank, Suncorp Group, Volvo, LJ Hooker, Hoyts, Gloria Jeans and many others.
Rowdy is a game changer. He continues to push the boundaries of work and life, to stretch peoples thinking and open their eyes to possibilities. He is obsessed with playing a bigger game and believes that individuals, teams, leaders and businesses are capable of far more than they imagine.
A fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, the Customer Service Institute of Australia, and a recipient of the Certified Speaking Professional (the highest honour awarded to speakers across the globe) Rowdy is a life long learner, he has a Masters in Business Administration and a graduate of the Disney Institute.
Most importantly, Rowdy is down to earth, practical and real. He walks his talk day in day out, a no nonsense guy with a pragmatic approach to getting ahead.
Question: What inspired your passion for motivational speaking?
Rowdy McLean: I have had a remarkable life. From growing up in a little country town and going nowhere to playing professional sport, building a company and retiring at 34 and then building 5 more because I got bored. I have a knack for getting things done, turning things around, finding a way when there seems to be none. I found that other people would get inspired by my stories and strategies. I love the instant feedback you get from an audience when you are able to inspire them to chase down their dreams and I am still hearing from people years after I have spoken to their team or company.
Question: How would you describe Play A Bigger Game?
Rowdy McLean: Playing a bigger game is stretching yourself to improve, be better, grow and do things you never thought possible. Its choosing not to accept the status quo, or to accept average or ordinary. Its choosing to be an example that others can follow.
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