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Michael Duff

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Author, Coach and High Performance CEO


A Consultant for High Performance Minds

Michael Duff has built an enviable reputation as one of Australia's leading corporate coaches of the mental side of high performance human behaviour. A co-author with tennis legend John Newcombe of The Power Within:How to Create a High Performance Mind, Michael has an inherent understanding of what it takes to be the best. He has worked for over 20 years with CEO’s and senior executives at many of Australia and New Zealand’s top companies, helping them to understand their own mindset and thought patterns and find 'flow' in their lives, enabling them to consistently achieve their individual and team goals while building resilience.


Michael has spent his career in the corporate world and understands the pressures and demands that executives face on a daily basis. His own corporate career saw him become the youngest ever head of an Australian professional sport when he became CEO of the PGA Tour [professional golf] at the age of 28. After 5 very successful years at the helm of the Tour he then moved to tennis and spent the next 5 years running half the world for the ATP Tour, the global men's pro tennis circuit. It was during this time that he started to recognise the importance of mental strength as the key to a successful, balanced, achieving life.


With direct access to many of the world's most successful people Michael initially pursued his interest to understand what creates a sustained high performing mindset. In 2000 he started MINDsense to teach his insights to Australian corporate leaders; a Zen influenced common sense approach to living a stress free life while balancing the demands of life in the 21st century.


Outside the corporate world Michael also coaches a number of world class athletes and sporting teams.





I have engaged Mike a number of times over the past 10 years in my roles as Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Airlines and more recently as CEO of Cover-More. I have been impressed by Mike’s thorough approach prior to each engagement to ensure he understood and focused on the business drivers that we wish to be addressed.


Mike’s engagement with his audience is superb and our people always come away inspired, entertained and motivated, as well as having developed a deeper understanding of their minds. His approach is simple to understand and implement and life changing. In planning our staff development program we are looking for tangible identifiable results, and in Mike’s case he has always exceeded our expectations. I might also add, the feedback from participants has been universally enthusiastic.


Judith Crompton

CEO Asia Pacific 

Cover-More Group



I’ve met very few people who really understand how to help people create what they want in life and then also leave them with the tools to keep doing it for themselves. Ike will help you to see that all you need for the journey of life, you already have!


Layne Beachley

7x World Champion Surfer



Mike understands what it takes to perform at the highest level whether it be in sport or business and he is able to communicate it in a simple and concise manner that everyone gets. I have seen the results of his work in others and it is brilliant.


Guy Leech

Australia’s Number 1 Fitness Guy



Mike Duff is an absolute legend. He’s one of those rare human beings who has a profound impact on people’s lives. I should know, he has been a big influence in mine!


Anh Dho

Australia’s Best Loved Comedian

I have worked with Mike for over 10 years with many different teams.   Each time he has had a profound impact, helping us focus and improve our wellbeing which is so important personally and professionally in this fast changing world. 


Vittoria Shortt 





I engaged Mike about two years ago with a remit to build world class customer decisioning capability at CBA. At the time the team really didn’t believe in themselves, that we could be world-class or that we could change the culture of how we did customer communications at CBA.


Mike initially engaged with my Leadership Team and then all Line Managers and the sessions were highly entertaining, informative, energetic, motivating and personal to each and everyone of us that took part. 


Two years later, we have the highest engagement scores across the Retail Bank at CBA, have won awards across the globe for the Customer Engagement Engine and have become known for our thought leadership in Data & Analytics across CBA and APAC.


I’d thoroughly recommend the MindSense programme (and Mike) to anyone who wants to change the mindset of their team, from one of restricted belief to anything is possible...


Andrew McMullan

Chief Analytics Officer




Woolworths has engaged Mike a number of times over the last decade across many parts of the business and his sessions are always the highlight of the program.  Mike is a naturally gifted speaker and his highly entertaining and engaging sessions help people understand their minds and operate at a higher level of conscious intent. If you want to achieve performance breakthroughs or big hairy audacious goals then Mike is a must have for you and your team!


Participants leave Mike’s sessions always wanting more and we have engaged him many times with many teams to take us on the full MINDsense journey. 


Change is much easier to manage with teams and individuals that understand their own thought processes and learn how to silence the often resistant sub conscious mind. Mike’s approach is simple, elegant and highly effective!


Kevin Figueiredo 

Group GM - Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Woolworths Group


Robert Joske Management Pty Ltd

Tel: + 61 2 93281444

Mob: + 61 412 211 510


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