Who has booked Jim Carroll for his insight on future trends, innovation, & creativity? NASA. Disney. The PGA of America. Johnson & Johnson. The Swiss Innovation Forum. Simply put, Jim helps to transform growth-oriented organizations into high-velocity innovation heroes. He’s widely acknowledged as as one of the world’s leading global futurists, trends and innovation experts. This picture below says it all.
When the PGA – Professional Golfers Association of America – chose an external speaker to open their 94th Annual General Meeting in 2010, they went with Jim Carroll. They’d never hired an external speaker before in their history, and after the keynote, Allen Wronowski, the President of the PGA had this to say: “Futurist Jim Carroll helped stimulate the thought process with his keynote address about the incredible rate of change that we as a society find ourselves in, and I was delighted with the lively discussion in the hallways, the passionate positions taken at the microphones….”
Jim Carroll can challenge the PGA to think passionately about linking future trends to innovation – he can do the same for you!
He is recognized worldwide as a “thought leader” and authority on: global trends; rapid business model change; business transformation in a period of economic uncertainty; and the necessity for fast paced innovation.
He has a track record of inspiring organizations to reframe the opportunity for innovation in the context of significant, transformative change. When the Walt Disney Corporation needed to inspire senior staff on the topics of innovation and creativity, they brought in Jim. The US National Recreation and Parks Association had Jim open a conference for 4,000 recreation professionals to inspire them to reframe the context of recreation in the 21st century. The Swiss Innovation Forum featured Jim as their closing keynote speaker, delivering a message of the hope and opportunity that can come from being relentlessly focused on innovation.
Even NASA has had Jim in to address a group that included several astronauts, directors of launch operations, flight engineers and program managers, on the concept of “transformational leadership.”
Jim’s global client base is extensive. It includes organizations such as: the National Australian Bank • Diners Club • HJ Heinz • PPG • the Minnesota HealthCare Association CEO Summit • Toshiba Australia • Blue Cross Blue Shield • Northrop Grumman • Missouri Governor Economic Development Congress • Johnson & Johnson • Signature Travel • Microsoft • Ernst & Young • US National Recreation and Parks Association • Burger King • Rockwell Collins • Oracle • Illinois Governors Tourism Conference • US Navy, Marine, Air Force Child Youth Programs • Nestle • the Swiss Innovation Forum • Readers Digest Food & Entertainment Group • Motorola • KPMG • World Congress on Healthcare Innovation & Technology • Yum! Brands (KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut) • • Towers Perrin • British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) • Swiss Innovation Forum • Property & Casualty Insurance Association of America • World Congress on Quality • SAP Sweden • American Community Bankers • Providence Health Plans • Fidelity Bank (Cayman) Ltd • Verizon • Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association • American Express • Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company to name but a few. Hundreds of thousands have shared his insight with highly energized presentations in Zurich, New York, Vancouver, Cayman Islands, Palm Springs, Sydney, London, Los Angeles, Budapest, Miami, Toronto, Costa Rica, San Francisco, Nassau and Stockholm.
Jim Carroll is an author, columnist, media commentator, and consultant, with a focus on linking future trends to innovation and creativity. He has a 20 year track record in providing direct, independent guidance to a huge, diverse global client base, combined with a previous professional financial background, including 12 years with the world’s largest professional services firm. Jim provides high energy keynotes for audiences of 5,000, or intimate, detailed customized strategic planning sessions for CEO / board / senior management meetings. He has researched key innovation success factors for dozens of associations, professions, companies, individuals, and industries including life sciences, health care, insurance, automotive, manufacturing, agriculture, technology, education, government, consumer products, retail, banking and countless others.
His insight has been recently covered in the UK Telegraph, Dubai’s Capital Magazine and South Africa’s The Star newspaper. BusinessWeek named Jim as one of four leading sources for insight on innovation and creativity; he was a feature expert on the prime time CNBC series, The Business of Innovation, hosted by Maria Bartiromo. Credit Suisse profiled Jim in their global customer publication Bulletin, noting that he provides “unique insight on growth.”
Jim is also an author, with books including The Future Belongs To Those Who Are Fast, Ready, Set, Done: How to Innovate When Faster is the New Fast, and What I Learned From Frogs in Texas: Saving Your Skin with Forward Thinking Innovation. He has participated in over 3,000 interviews on radio, television and in print, including media exposure and interviews with ABC News, BusinessWeek, INC, Fast Company, CNBC, Texas Meetings and Events, The South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), STOrai Magazine (Retail Association of America), The Age (Sydney, Australia), American Way, CAPITAL magazine (Dubai/United Arab Emirates) CEO Magazine Hungary, Association LEADERSHIP, The National Post and PROFIT, to name but a few.
Jim is a graduate of the University of Toronto – Rotman Business School Directors Education Program, as his career path increasingly comes to include strategic guidance at the corporate Board level.
If you are visiting this site, you are thinking about the issue of innovation. Here’s a good place to start: do you find that people respond to new ideas by responding, “but we can’t do that, because we’ve always done it this way!” Or that people laugh at new ideas, and no one can remember the last time anyone did anything really cool?
Try out a few of Jim’s unique ideas on innovation get you started on your voyage into become an innovation leader:
- The Innovation Killers
- 10 Great Words for Innovation
- 10 Ideas for Instilling an Innovation Culture
- The Masters of Business Imagination Manifesto
- 10 Surefire Ways to Destroy Innovative Thinking
- Innovative Thinking: Thing Big, Start Small, Scale Fast
- What Do World Class Innovators Do That Others Don’t Do?
- Innovators Aren’t Afraid to Ask Tough Questions
Jim has been providing his services since October 1990 as an entrepreneur, under the totally un-original proprietorship name J.A. Carroll Consulting. Quite unimaginative as a name, but a success nonetheless!