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Jim Harris

Disruptive Innovation & Organizational Change Expert

Jim Harris is one of North America’s foremost management consultants, authors and thinkers on change and leadership. He is the former leader of the Green Party of Canada. Jim is also the principal at Strategic Advantage where he works with organizations to address issues of most concern to executives: leadership, change, Customer Relationship Management, and creating learning organizations.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

Thriving in the Era of Disruptive Innovation
Netflix is changing the way people watch TV – and forcing cable company mergers. In 2014 online advertising will exceed TV advertising spending for the first time ever as consumer spend more time on smartphones surfing, researching, buying and interacting with products and services. By 2020 there will be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet – creating trillions of dollars in cost savings and new markets. 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 preventing it.

Collaboration & Engagement
Who is in charge of Wikipedia? No one. And yet more than 100 million of hours of labour have been invested by volunteers in creating the content. Most people believe that companies use less than 50% of the skills and motivation of employees. With millions of baby boomers retiring from the workforce 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 in their organization?

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. But 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 change, and why innovation is essential to for 21st-century organizations.

Platform Plus

Futurist: Trends that Are Changing Your Business*

For over 25 years, 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 his presentation for your organization and industry that will have people talking, thinking and acting differently long after your event.

*Available in Keynote or Workshop format

Awards

2014
Canada's Clean 50 Award

2011
Green Living Enterprise | Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Award

  • As opening speaker and workshop leader, you set the appropriate tone for an institute designed for the professional development of senior leaders in the health care system. Your approach to the topic was - in all aspects - at a high professional level which was reflected in a high approval rating by the participants. You have excellent communication skills which, coupled with you infectious enthusiasm, have resulted in an outstanding beginning for our traditional Leadership Institute.

    - Canadian College of Health Service Executives
  • 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.

    - President, Mackenzie Financial
  • The verdict is in. . . Jim Harris has been acclaimed as a resounding success by all of our respondents. In summary, Jim delivered for us, with gusto!!

    - Bell Canada
  • Every day the future keeps coming at us whether we like it or not. The Learning Paradox provides individuals and organizations with the keys to unlock the right attitude and the mechanism for developing the necessary skills to go out and meet the future with confidence.

    - Royal LePage
  • Thank you so much for an excellent conference. You have far surpassed the expectations of my boss and the like. The material is relevant and your style is clear and confident. I can speak for everyone - you have engaged them.

    - Manager, Chapters, Professional Engineers Ontario

Summary Profile

Jim Harris served as leader of the Green Party of Canada from 2003-2006. He is credited as being the driving force leading the Greens to a mainstream party in Canada. Under his leadership, the party grew 800 members to more than 10,000. He served as the National Campaign Chair in the 2008 election where he implemented the strategy to have Elizabeth May appear at the televised leaders debates.

Jim speaks internationally at more than 40 conferences a year on topics including innovation and creativity, customer relationship management (CRM), eLearning, creating learning organizations, environmental leadership, energy efficiency, strategic planning, and creating common organizational mission and vision. Association magazine ranked him as one of the North America’s top speakers.

On stage, Jim’s engaging delivery provides research, statistics and great visuals to drive this home in an entertaining way. His thought-provoking presentations challenge audiences to think in new ways. He’s strategic and results-focused, with insightful business savvy customized to each group, and his approach to working with partners is ‘win-win’.

He was one of the first seven Canadians personally trained by Al Gore to present the slide show for An Inconvenient Truth. In his consulting work, he helps organizations ‘go green’ and increase profitability through providing proven, practical solutions that deliver documented savings and/or revenue growth.

His internationally bestselling book, Blindsided! presents a series of practical techniques to help business leaders identify trends earlier and more accurately predict their impact when the tumult of the market threatens to throw plans off course. He is also the author of The Learning Paradox and Emotional Learning.

Jim has appeared in Time Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Profit Magazine, Macleans, CBC, BBC, CTV, and Global.