Rod Macqueen AM

Legendary Australian Rugby Coach, Business Success & Keynote Speaker

Rod Macqueen is arguably the most successful coach in the history of rugby union and a leader in business and life who is recognised and respected for his unusual mix of skills.

A lateral thinker and innovator, he has consistently demonstrated an ability to unite people to a common cause and create an environment to help them realise their potential to achieve maximum success.

With a wealth of anecdotes, Rod is a much sought after keynote speaker who motivates and inspires audiences to achieve their goals.

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As a sportsman in his own right, Rod Macqueen excelled at the highest level in both surfboat rowing and rugby.

However, his fresh ideas and willingness to think outside conventional ideals of rugby became widely recognised at the NSW Waratahs in 1991 and ACT Brumbies in 1996.

Rod was the Australian Coach from 1997-2001, during which time the Wallabies had an impressive 81 percent winning ratio and held every championship trophy including the Bledisloe Cup, Cook Cup, Tri-Nations Trophy, Tom Richards Cup and World Cup.

In 2001, having retired as the full time coach of the Wallabies, Rod published his book, One Step Ahead, in which he discussed his successes in both business & sport. The book became a recognised guide on how to incorporate the best of both into life. In 2002, the Federal Government appointed Rod as Business Ambassador/International Patron to the Rugby Business Club for the 2003 Rugby World Cup. In the 2003 Australia Day Honours List, he was recognised as a Member of the Order of Australia. In 2006 he was appointed to the International Rugby Board.

In January 2010, he signed on as the Director of Rugby and Head Coach of the Melbourne Rebels. He retired as Head Coach at the end of the inaugural season but remained as a Board member for a further two years.

Equally successful in business, Rod started Advantage Line in 1991 and transformed it into a multi-million dollar point-of-sale & merchandising business. In this capacity he was responsible for the creation and design of many successful merchandising systems in Australia. In 2002, Advantage Line won the top three design awards at POPAI. He retired from the business in 2015.

Rod consults to multi-national companies at an executive level concentrating on leadership, culture and teamwork. Additionally, he maintains an active role as Patron and Director of the Sargood Foundation supporting a world first wellness & resort facility for people with a spinal injury at Collaroy NSW.

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Rod Macqueen offers insight into how specific goals can be reached with the resources at hand, and speaks about the value of linking organisational skills with lateral thinking, discipline, teamwork, the importance of family values, pride in achievement and keeping a good sense of humour.

Client testimonials

Rod, at the end of the workshop we asked the team what they would take away from the conference. Nearly all feedback had some element of your talk in it. All were very motivated by your sporting metaphors and our Head of Strategy commented that he felt your mix was very balanced and insightful. Overall, a great outcome.