About Frans Johansson - Speaker on Diversity and Innovation:
Frans Johansson is the best-selling author of The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts and Cultures, (HBS Press, 2004).Translated into 18 languages, The Medici Effect was named one of the top 10 best business books by Amazon.com. His acclaimed follow up, The Click Moment (Penguin Portfolio, 2012), obliterates the idea that in business we can plan and strategize our way to success. Known for his provocative, high-octane delivery style, Johansson is a widely sought-after keynote speaker. His presentations cover topics such as: how to successfully execute innovative ideas; leverage different perspectives in an organization to create and execute new ideas; how to apply ideas from other industries and cultures to drive innovation, growth and profit; and why and how diversity drives innovation.
In his book and in his presentations, Johansson clearly shows how the best ideas and innovation come from collaboration between people with diverse experiences, skills, expertise, perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. Simply stated, Johansson is known for making the business case for diversity. He packs his programs with plenty of examples and gives people what they need to know and what they need to do to break down silos and bring out the best that everyone has to give to any challenge or opportunity. Regardless of rank or where they reside on the org chart—even if they are not on it.
Johansson has lived all his life at the intersection where ideas from different fields and cultures meet and collide. He was raised in Sweden by his African- American-Cherokee mother and Swedish father. Johansson earned his B.S. in Environmental Science from Brown University and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He founded both a Boston-based software company and a medical device company operating out of Baltimore and Stockholm, Sweden. He has written articles on healthcare, information technology and the science of sport fishing and has been featured on CNN’s AC360, ABC’s Early Morning Show and CNBC’s The Business of Innovation series along with Jack Welch and Muhammad Yunus.
Johansson resides in New York City with his family.
The Click of the Moment: Seizing Opportunity in an Unpredictable World is Johansson's latest book.
The Click Moment: Seizing Opportunity in an Unpredictable World
Success, we’re told, is the outcome of careful planning, analysis, and strategy. But the truth is, success is far more random than we’d like to believe. In fact, in today’s complex, volatile, and random world, the five-year business plan is obsolete, and going through the motions can no longer guarantee strong performance. If planning is out the window, what do you have? According to Frans Johansson, look for
Click Moments—rare opportunities, often serendipitous, to change course. He will discuss how to spot Click Moments and increase their occurrence in our lives, how to place lots of high-potential bets, and how to harness the complex forces that follow into a winning strategy.
The Medici Effect: Ground breaking Innovation at the Intersection of Disciplines and Cultures
What do goat milk, spiders, and fishing lines have in common? Fiber optics and concrete? Ant hills and architecture? Most of us would assume nothing. But out of each of these seemingly random combinations have come radical innovations that have created whole new fields. In this talk, Frans Johansson takes us on a fascinating journey to the Intersection—a place where ideas from diverse fields and cultures collide, igniting an explosion of extraordinary new innovations. By creating
Medici Effects, companies have become global leaders; products and services have yielded huge margins; and the most unlikely of people have outdone the experts in their own fields.
Diversity Drives Innovation
The world is changing fast. People today are more global than ever and move often between many cultures and countries. Companies, cities, and nations must compete on a global basis. In this new order of rising economies and beleaguered first-world nations, diversity is more important than ever for innovation. Frans explains how today’s most innovative companies form culturally diverse talent pools and teams as a specific strategy to innovate. These companies have become #1 brand leaders, R&D centers—and very profitable. In this program, Frans clearly and persuasively shows what happens when companies make diversity their most powerful innovation tool.
The Rise of the New Intersectional Leader
With global economies, business and people more connected than ever, unpredictability and volatility are the new normal. This is true whether you are a bellwether company, category leader, or innovator with history behind you. How can leaders navigate in this uncertain climate? Frans Johansson believes that tomorrow's most successful leaders will be Intersectional Leaders who tear down silos, embrace diversity, and plan for the unexpected. This new class of Intersectional Leaders will spark organization-wide culture change to drive growth for their firm. In this talk, the audience they will discover how they can develop their leadership abilities to inspire change, breakthrough innovation and growth, even when the answer is not so obvious.
Captured the tremendous business value of cultural diversity and its impact on innovation—in a very fun way! Frans’ presentation was one of the highlights of our conference.
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