Jim Carroll

Futurist, Trends, & Innovation Expert

Fee Range?: $17,500 - $20,000
Traveling From: Ontario, Canada

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Jim Carroll is one of the worldʼs leading futurists, trends & innovation experts. Itʼs his inspirational, transformative thinking that will help you discover opportunity in an era of high-velocity change. And in his most recent keynotes and » Read Full Bio

Jim Carroll is one of the worldʼs leading futurists, trends & innovation experts. Itʼs his inspirational, transformative thinking that will help you discover opportunity in an era of high-velocity change. And in his most recent keynotes and leadership sessions, he has been helping his clients meet the challenges of the economic contraction by focusing on innovation, and by aligning their strategy to fast-paced future trends. Jim has a tracked record of providing unique guidance on cutting edge trends, and identifying opportunities for innovation, to some of the most prestigious organizations in the world. When the Walt Disney Corporation went looking for an expert on the topic of innovation and creativity, they went with Jim Carroll.

When the Readers Digest Food & Entertainment Division, the publisher of such innovative magazines as Everyday with Rachel Ray, went looking for a keynote speaker for a New York City based symposium on marketing and advertising trends, they went with Jim Carroll. And when the US College Board searched for an inspirational futurist who could address the future of education, for an audience that includes leading educators from Harvard, Yale, and 100 other top US universities and colleges, they chose Jim Carroll.

Such high-profile events are typical of the many globally recognized organizations that have discovered the bold and inspirational insight on future trends and innovation that Jim provides. In the last fifteen years, he has proven himself as one of the world's leading futurists, trends and innovation experts, with a diverse client list that includes Motorola, Nestle, the British Broadcasting Corporation, Caterpillar, Lincoln Financial, CapitalOne, the American Nursery and Landscape Association, the Swiss Innovation Forum, Toshiba Australia, the World Healthcare Innovation and Technology Congress, and the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association. What's Jim Carroll talking about? Global economic trends; hyper-innovation; rapid time to market; the latest consumer trends; collapse of product lifecycles and high-velocity marketing; the skills crisis, managing Gen-connect and the new workplace; creating high performance, change oriented teams. Achieving innovation and opportunity in an era of economic challenge. You name it—this global thought leader is talking about it.

Jim has become internationally recognized for his cutting edge insight. He was named by Business Week as one of four leading sources for insight into creativity and innovation, and was a featured panelist on the CNBC prime-time series, The Future of Innovation, with host Maria Baritoromo. The global financial powerhouse, Credit Suisse, sought his insight into issues of economic growth for their global publication, Bulletin. His insight has been covered in ABC News, INC, Fast Company, CNBC, the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), the Age (Sydney, Australia), (Dubai/United Arab Emirates) and CEO Magazine (Hungary).

In addition, he has written over 3,000 articles for a wide variety of print publications. As an author, columnist, media commentator, and consultant, Carroll is completely focused on creativity and innovation, insight that is captured in his books, 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 nnovation.

What does Jim bring to your meeting or event? Insight, wisdom, inspiration—and extremely customized insight. He has carefully studied the key strategies and leadership ideas that have permitted some organizations to achieve breakthrough innovations and absolutely compelling levels of creativity. Jim's experience and ability to customize each engagement allows him to be able to address almost any industry. He has undertaken detailed research into a wide variety of industry trends, including agriculture, health care, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, retail, consumer products, economic development, financial services, insurance, education, and many others.

Global clients such as Disney, DaimlerChrysler, Caterpillar, Nestle and Motorola didn't choose Jim for a canned speech—they chose Jim Carroll because of his worldwide reputation for providing a highly customized, energizing and unique presentation into the future, innovation, and issues of creativity that directly relates to their issues, challenges, opportunities and concerns. Jim works with you and undertakes detailed research to prepare a customized presentation that meets your needs. He does what you need him to do: he addresses your issues, goals and opportunities, in the framework of his expertise as a global trends, innovation and change expert. In doing so, he comes up with some wonderfully customized, serious or quirky title presentations for your keynote that will be sure to engage your audience right off the bat.

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What Do World Class Innovators Do That Others Don't Do?
Jim Carroll has been the featured trends & innovation speaker at a wide variety of corporate leadership meetings for Fortune 1000 organizations. These meetings, often sponsored by the CEO or other senior members of management, have been focused on successful, forward oriented innovation strategies.Through his participation, has seen first hand what these organizations are doing to position themselves for post-recession opportunity. One thing they are certainly doing is finding innovative solutions to complex problems. In this motivational keynote, Jim outlines what he's seen global innovation leaders concentrating on to ensure market success. World class innovators possess a relentless focus on growth; continually transition their revenue source; and solve customers problems, before the customer knows it's a problem. They focus on upside down innovation by sourcing innovation ideas through their customers. They concentrate on ingesting fast ideas; check their speed and focus on corporate agility; and focus on long term wins through constant incremental improvements. They know that skills partnerships are a key success factor. And most important: world class innovators aren't afraid to back away from big ideas: they know that right now it's a great time to made bold decisions, and take decisive advantage to forge aggressive new paths against their competitors. While everyone else wallows in aggressive indecision and organizational sclerosis, world class innovators know that it is a great time to do great things!


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