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Acknowledged as one of the world’s leading global futurists, trends and innovation experts with a massive global blue chip client list, Jim helps transform growth-oriented organizations into high-velocity innovation heroes!

Even NASA has had him in — twice — to help shape their thought process about the future! And after a presentation by Jim, the Walt Disney Corporation made the comment, ” Jim’s storytelling approach really helps to get his points across!” 

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When the PGA – Professional Golfers Association of America – chose an external speaker to open their 94th Annual General Meeting, 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 at the time, 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 ….” They then rebooked Jim to open their annual PGA Merchandise Show, one of the largest trade shows in the world. He was on stage just after Lee Trevino and followed by Bubba Watson,.

Jim Carroll can challenge the PGA to think passionately about linking future trends to innovation – he can do the same for you!

NASA's Goddard Space Center welcomes Jim Carroll, where he hosted a number of discussions around future trend and innovation in the context of the changing business models of the space industry.

NASA’s Goddard Space Center welcomes Jim Carroll, where he hosted a number of discussions around future trends and innovation in the context of the changing business models of the space industry. This was the second time NASA has invited Jim in to speak.

Jim’s insight is sought internationally. He was one of two speakers to address fifty senior CxO level executives in St. Andrews, Scotland, at an invitation-only event – the other speaker being Jimmy Wales, the Founder of Wikipedia. His experience is diverse and international: he was the opening keynote speaker at the  World Pharma Innovation Congress in London, and spoke at a conference for a large, global group of investment executives that manage some of the world’s largest family wealth foundations (“family offices”) at an event in Athens, Greece.  He has previously keynoted other events such as the Linde Healthcare Summit in Munich, Germany, the Swiss Innovation Forum, the Toshiba Mobility Exchange in Sydney, Australia, the annual Business Outlook Forum in the Cayman Islands for hundreds of senior financial executives, and the SAP Business Forum in Stockholm, Sweden.

Essentially, Jim assists in organizations in dealing with the future, trends and innovation through three distinct types of events:

  • as the opening or closing keynote speaker for the annual meetings/conferences of national or international associations
  • keynotes or workshops for private corporate leadership events, ranging from small groups of 15 to several hundred executives, often sponsored by the CEO, for a vast range of global Fortune 1000 companies
  • keynotes or panel discussions on customer oriented meetings or promotional events

Jim’s client list is a veritable who’s who of global leaders — including the PGA of America; the Wall Street Journal; DuPont; NASA ; Sandia National Laboratories; Noble Energy; The GAP; Lockheed Martin; the Accenture Worldwide Energy & Utilities Conference; Fairmont/Raffles Hotels International; RGA Reinsurance; National Australian Bank; Stryker Technologies; CIGNA; Pfizer; Diners Club; HJ Heinz; PPG; Johnson & Johnson; NASA Goddard Space Center; Pella Doors & Windows; Blue Cross Blue Shield ; General Dynamics / Northrop Grumman; Bombardier; Signature Travel; Microsoft; the US National Recreation and Parks Association; Yum! Brands; Burger King; US Department of Defense – Commissary Agency; Rockwell Collins; Oracle; the International Association of Conference Centres; Pearson Learning; US Air Force Research Laboratory; McKesson; Siemens; US Navy, Marine, Air Force Child Youth Programs; Nestle….all of these organizations have engaged Jim Carroll for a keynote or leadership meeting which focused on future trends, innovation and growth! There are hundreds more – check the client list.

Jim Carroll on stage in Las Vegas keynoting the IMXchange – Interactive Manufacturing Exchange — conference, with a talk on the future of manufacturing and the necessity for continuous, relentless innovation. He regularly headlines major conferences worldwide.

The world’s largest organizations turn to Jim Carroll when seeking insight into the future. Shouldn’t you?

Jim has researched key innovation success factors for dozens of industries, associations, professions, companies and individuals. Hundreds of thousands have shared his insight with highly energized presentations in Zurich, Munich, Palm Springs, Sydney, Cayman Islands, Los Angeles, Miami, Costa Rica, London, Nassau, Munich, New York, Vancouver, Stockholm, Budapest; everything from small Board-level sessions with 12 people; high level CEO leadership meetings to 5,000 person conference keynotes.

Jim is globally recognized for his unique wisdom and insight into trends. BusinessWeek on Jim: “a leading source for innovation insight;” CNBC guest expert on innovation; insights also covered by ABC News, INC, Fast Company, 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.

Jim’s newest book, “The Future Belongs to Those Who Are Fast”, released in April 2012!

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 Fastand What I Learned From Frogs in Texas: Saving Your Skin with Forward Thinking InnovationHe and his wife Christa established their publishing company, Oblio Press, in 2004.

Jim brings deep, strategic insight to his presentations. He 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, then you are thinking about the issue of innovation in the context of future trends. 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 

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