Jim Harris

Strategic Advantage Leader, Innovation and Change Expert

Jim Harris

Jim Harris is a one of North America’s foremost management consultants, authors and thinkers on disruptive innovation, leadership, innovation, organizational change, future trends and mitigating risk. Association magazine ranked him as one of the nation’s top ten speakers. As a management consultant, Jim speaks internationally and conducts strategic planning sessions with executive teams, focusing on the most pressing issues including:  Future Trends & Disruptive Innovation, Collaborative Leadership, Stakeholder Engagement, Innovation & Creativity, Leading Organizational Change, Creating Learning Organization as well as Big Data & CRM.   He also offers workshops on Strategic planning amid complexity, Disruptive Innovation and Creating a Common Mission/Vision.

A staggering 88% of CEOs say that innovation is important to growing their top line and increasing profitability, according to a study by Leger Marketing in conjunction with The Globe and Mail. But only 33% of CEOs are happy with the current results they are achieving. Jim’s future trends presentations focus on how to drive growth and profitability.

Jim’s clients include the Association of Research Libraries, Barclays Bank, Certified Management Accountants, Cleantech, Columbia Tristar Pictures, Deloitte & Touche, Glaxo Wellcome, IABC, IDG, IBM, IEEE, International Council of Shopping Centers, Johnson & Johnson, MasterCard, Munich Re, NEC, Novartis, Soc. of Professional Engineers, the UK Cabinet Office, the World Future Society and Zurich Insurance. He has worked extensively with the health care sector, government, financial services, retailers, and professional services firms.

His last book, Blindsided! was published in 80 countries worldwide. Blindsided!, a #1 international bestseller, hit the top spot on the Financial Times of London’s European Edition of Best Business Books. It has been named one of the best business books of the year as it examines why companies and whole industries are being blindsided; How can decision makers identify early warning signs? How can leaders put in place systems and structures that will prevent their organizations from being blindsided? And then knowing all this, how can you blindside your competition?

Jim’s second book, The Learning Paradox, was nominated for the National Business Book Award, and has appeared on numerous bestseller lists. Books for Business ranked it as one of the top 10 business books in North America.  Jim co-authored the national bestseller The 100 Best Companies to Work for in Canada – selling 50,000 copies.

As a management consultant, Jim works with leading businesses, Fortune 500 companies, and organizations aspiring to join these ranks.  For several years he represented the Covey Leadership Center in Canada, teaching Dr. Stephen Covey’s work, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

Jim is a catalyst for conversation and change. He excels at leading people to new ways of thinking – making productive, profitable change possible. His sessions are highly informative, thought-provoking, interactive, and even lots of fun!

  1. Thriving in the Era of Disruptive Innovation

    Uber is worth more than all North American taxi cab companies combined, but it doesn’t own any cars. Skype facilitates more international long distance phone calls than all of the world’s major telcos combined, but it doesn’t own any phone lines. AirBnB provides more accommodation than any hotel chain in the world, but it doesn’t own a single room. The most valuable retailer in the world, Alibaba, doesn’t have any inventory. When you order something the supplier ships it directly to you. The largest provider of online content globally, Facebook, doesn’t create any content. Netflix, the biggest cable company in the world, doesn’t own any cable.

    Ask a person on the street what they think about when they think of innovation and they’ll likely answer: an iPhone. In fact, 75% of answers name a product or service, yet products and services deliver only 10% of the value of innovation. A staggering 90% of the value of innovation is in business model innovation. All of the above examples are of companies that have completely innovated their business models, including their business channels. Typically, in large corporations, these areas receive only 10% of the focus.

    Jim’s book, Blindsided! is published in 80 countries worldwide and is a #1 International bestseller. Blindsided! looks at the forces that are disrupting companies and industries and presents strategies for circumventing it.

  2. Reaping the Benefits of Collaboration & Engagement

    Who is in charge of Wikipedia? No one! And yet more than 100 million hours of labour have been invested by volunteers in creating the content. Most people in large organizations believe that they use less than 50% of the skills and motivation of employees. With millions of baby boomers retiring from the work force over the next decade, new ways of engaging employees in collaborating will be essential for companies. How can organizations unleash more talent, creativity and innovation from their workforce?

  3. Managing Change and Leveraging Creativity

    Most organizations need to innovate, but no one wants to change! It’s the paradox of our time. A staggering 88% of CEOs say that innovation is essential to growth and profitability, but only 33% are happy with the results that they’re getting. However, innovation doesn’t just happen on its own. Jim has worked with Fortune 500 companies worldwide, India’s top 200 CIOs and the UK Cabinet Office’s top management program teaching innovation, creativity and change and why innovation is essential to the survival of 21st century organizations.

  4. Futurist: Trends that Are Changing Your Business

    Since 1990, Jim Harris has been helping organizations focus on the future. He was honoured to be the closing keynote speaker for the World Future Society conference which brings together the leading futurists from around the globe. He will customize and deliver his presentation for your organization/industry that will have people talking, thinking and acting differently long after your event

  5. The Impact of the Internet of Things on Organizations

    By 2020, there will be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet, creating, by one estimate, $14.4 trillion in value:

    $3.7 trillion of improved customer service
    $3.0 trillion in cost savings due to increased speed to market
    $2.7 trillion in supply chain and logistics savings through optimization $2.5 trillion in cost savings
    $2.5 trillion in increased employee productivity

    The Internet of Things (IoT) will continue to have a transformative effect on organizations, business processes, customer expectations and the way society operates.

  6. The Future of Health Care: The impact of budgets, technology & medical tourism
  7. The Small Screen Digital Revolution: How smartphones & tablets are changing business
  8. The Smart Revolution: How smart buildings, communities, and cities are changing the way we live
  9. Risk Management: Thriving in an era of disruptive innovation
Jim’s session was one of the most highly rated and I am certain that we will work with him in the future. What was particularly noteworthy was the accessibility and relevance of his material. Jim’s friendly, open style is critical in encouraging participants to take the material on board and shift their thinking.
Geoff Merchant
Centre for Management & Policy Studies, UK Cabinet Office
As if the enthusiastic response of our audience wasn't enough, the results of our post conference survey are conclusive: you were a major hit! In fact, the response of 2,000 delegates closely paralleled my own assessment: the content was on target, the presentation superlative.
Mackenzie Financial
Jim Harris was a wonderful speaker. The delegates and I really enjoyed his presentation and he was extremely professional.
Mirissa Caldarola, Senior Coordinator, Events
Supply Chain Management Association

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