Jim Harris

Jim Harris

Toronto, Ontario
Futures, Strategy, Innovation, Change Expert
Jim Harris is a leading disruptive innovation speaker who is one of North America's foremost management consultants and thought leaders on change and leadership. Jim Harris is known for his future thinking and is ranked as a best business speaker for managing disruption, innoviation and business transormation.
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Jim Harris is one of North Americas 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 Harris speaks internationally and conducts strategic planning sessions with executive teams.  He focuses on many of the most pressing issues in business, including:

  • Future Trends and Disruptive Innovation
  • Collaborative Leadership, Stakeholder Engagement
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Leading Organizational Change
  • Creating Learning Organization as well as Big Data & CRM.

Jim Harris also offers presentations on strategic planning amid complexity, disruptive innovation and creating a common mission/vision. A staggering 88% of CEOs say 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. Yet only 33% of CEOs are happy with the current results they are achieving. These future trends presentations focus on how to drive growth and profitability.

Jim Harris has worked extensively with the health care sector, government, financial services, retailers, and professional services firms. As a management consultant, he works with leading businesses, Fortune 500 companies, and organizations aspiring to join these ranks. For several years Harris represented the Covey Leadership Center in Canada, teaching Dr. Stephen Covey’s work, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. He was also one of the first seven Canadians personally trained by Al Gore to present the slide show for An Inconvenient Truth.

Jim Harris disruptive innovation speaker, 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 lots of fun!




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Jim Harris Topic Presentations

disruption turbo charging innovation - a decade of change in just two and a half years

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  • We have seen a decade of change for many industries in the last two and a half years:

    • In November of 2022, Tesla was worth more than the top 18 traditional car companies combined! If you don’t think that electrification and autonomous vehicles are going to change the $10 trillion a year transportation market, think again.
    • In June 2022, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna said only 20% of the US-based workers are back in the office 3 days or more. The long-term impacts on commercial real estate?
    • The Great Resignation, Work from Home, and Hybrid work are challenging traditional ways of working. Strategies for thriving in this new employment environment.
    • In China, 50% of all medical visits in 2021 were by telehealth. In the US, McKinsey estimated that in 2021, there were more than a billion telemedicine visits a year.
    • In the first 90 days of the pandemic, eCommerce experienced a decade of growth!
    • In 2019, Zoom had 10 million daily users. In the first 90 days of the pandemic (Mar-May 2022), it had 300 million downloads – shattering all records for business apps.
    • Uber is worth more than every cab company in America combined! While the industry owns billions of dollars of assets (taxis & limos), Uber doesn’t own one vehicle.

    In this highly interactive, fun, and engaging session, Jim Harris will explore what tech and societal trends are driving permanent change in customer behaviour. More than 30% of the total time will be members talking in pairs and in large group discussions. After a recent session, a CEO said: “I can’t believe that was three hours! The time just flew by.”

revolutionizing business success: unleashing the power of chatgpt

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  • Discover the incredible business benefits of ChatGPT, the fastest-growing app in history, attracting a staggering 100,000,000 users within two months of its launch. Renowned business expert Jim Harris, equips you with proven strategies, tactics, and practical tools to leverage ChatGPT and revolutionize your organization’s sales, marketing, customer support, and content creation practices. This highly engaging and interactive session, explores how ChatGPT transforms sales and marketing, saving time and reducing the sales cycle. CEOs are now saving 2-3 hours daily by utilizing ChatGPT to draft personalized emails to prospects.

    Learn how to effortlessly highlight pain points specific to each prospect’s industry, all while maintaining your unique writing style. Discover how ChatGPT generates and qualifies leads, boosting your conversion rates to new heights. Experience the game-changing capabilities of ChatGPT in customer support. Witness how it significantly reduces response time, elevating customer satisfaction. Build unwavering customer loyalty as ChatGPT empowers you to provide exceptional support around the clock. Learn practical techniques to transform your customer support into a well-oiled, 24/7 operation. Content creation no longer needs to be time-consuming. Learn how ChatGPT takes the lead in drafting first drafts of articles, blogs, and social media posts. Unlock the power to identify and target relevant audiences with precision, giving your content an edge in a crowded marketplace.

    Embrace the future possibilities as ChatGPT’s training capabilities enable you to develop customized chatbots for your company and industry. Provide immediate customer support 24/7, elevating your organization’s customer experiences. In an era of skyrocketing inflation, technology and innovation become indispensable in reducing costs and creating a competitive advantage. Gain insights into leveraging technology to navigate these economic landscapes. Jim Harris shares expert knowledge, followed by dynamic brainstorming sessions with fellow participants. Together, we will unlock actionable strategies tailored to your business, empowering you to revolutionize your organization’s future. Embark on a transformative journey with Jim Harris and harness the immense potential of ChatGPT.

exponential organizations - why some firms are 10 times better, faster & cheaper than traditional companies

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  • The book Exponential Organizations has sold 500,000 copies since 2014. The second edition is about to be released in early 2023. Exponential organizations (EXOS) experience 10X faster growth than their peers. The book examines what are the attributes of an ExO that result in this profound difference. Jim Harris is an ExO speaker.

    ExO ranked all US Fortune 100 companies for ExO attributes and found a significant difference in the performance of the top 10 ranked companies most aligned with fast growth principles compared to the bottom 10. The top ten experienced:

    • 3X better revenue growth
    • 6.4X more profitable
    • 10.9X higher asset utilization
    • 40X higher total shareholder returns

    ExO’s approach is to run a three-day Awake session followed by a six-month ExO Sprint. In the Awake session, the company’s executive team and a select group of young leaders learn about the eye-opening exponential trends that are driving relentless change, the threat of complacency for traditional organizations and industries, and the strategies to thrive going forward. One exec said, “my mind was literally blown by the Awake session.”

    Over the next six months the young leaders, working with ExO coaches, develop pilot projects to present to the senior leadership in a Shark Tank or Dragon’s Den-type event. Projects have to project a 10X benefit in order to be funded – 10X higher customer satisfaction, 10X lower cost; 10X better supply chain, 10X faster growth than the core products and services; etc. It’s like a venture capitalist approach to growth.

    Tony Saldanha was the VP of Global Business Services at Proctor and Gamble. He ran the first-ever Sprint in 2014. The 25 approved initiatives created close to a billion dollars of benefit in 4 years. From 2018-2022 firms running Sprints achieved 70X ROI on average!  If your company is not architected for agility, flexibility, adaptability and speed, it doesn’t matter what your strategic planning is. Your company is going to get left behind. ExOs taking advantage of trends scale better, faster and cheaper.

    In this highly compelling, interactive session, more than 30% of the total time will be members talking in pairs and in large group discussions. After a recent session, a CEO said: “I can’t believe that was three hours! The time just flew by.” Jim Harris has been delivering keynotes and workshops for 30+ years and is deeply committed to helping participants and organizations accelerate the pace of innovation. He’s one of the top-ten-rated speakers in North America by Association magazine.

thriving in the era of disruptive innovation

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  • 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 Harris’ 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 them.

reaping the benefits of differences for collaboration and engagement

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  • 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 believe that companies use less than 50% of the skills and motivation of employees. This is the challenge for organizations: unleashing the full potential of people. 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, attract the younger generation, overcome challenges and differences within their people and use diversity as a strategy to drive creativity and innovation from their workforce?

surviving & thriving through innovation

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  • is your business model going to sustain the next technology revolution? How you can pivot your business model to be prepared for disruption within your industry and to maintain relevancy and meet consumer demand. To help business leaders navigate their concerns surrounding their future, Jim Harris presents his “Surviving & Thriving Through Innovation”. Complete with a comprehensive summary of tactics that businesses can employ right now, and an overview of firms that have successfully pivoted their business model, participants will leave Jim’s presentation prepared to explore and adapt to meet their future.

    Key takeaways:

    • Business model and process innovation are more valuable than product innovation. How are you innovating your business?
    • In light of accelerating innovations like 3D printing, hybrid workforces, the war on talent, drone deliveries and more, what will the implications and opportunities be for your business?
    • Knowing that analytical thinking, active learning and creativity are the top 3 skills needed by the World Economic Forum, what can you be doing to help your clients in these areas?

managing change and leveraging creativity

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  • 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 Harris 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.

future trends that are changing your business and industry

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  • 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 and have people talking, thinking and acting differently long after your event. He always researches your industry to provide practical solutions for what was, was is and what is to come for your profession and business.

    Some of the topics that Harris can asses from a Futurists perspective are:

    1. The Future of Health Care: The impact of budgets, technology & medical tourism

    2. The Small Screen Digital Revolution: How smartphones & tablets are changing business

    3. The Smart Revolution: How smart buildings, communities, and cities are changing the way we live

    4. Risk Management: Thriving in an era of disruptive innovation

    5. How Disruptive Innovation is Changing the Non Profit Industry

the impact of the internet of things on organizations

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

    • $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.

social media endorsement: jim harris the social influencer

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  • With over 250,000 followers on Twitter, Jim Harris is one of the leading voices promoting conversation around innovation. Brands & organizations frequently bring Jim on to drive conversations at events around the world, where he’s frequently named one of the top influencers. In 2017 he was named the top influencer at the prestigious Consumer Electronics Show (CES), according to onalytica. Get Jim to participate in your campaign to engage your social media followers and gain new ones through his large following.


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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