Jim Carroll | Global Futurist Business Trends, Leadership & Innovation Expert

Jim Carroll

Global Futurist Business Trends, Leadership & Innovation Expert

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Jim Carroll

Jim Carroll is recognized as the world’s leading futurist, trends, and innovation experts, with a massive global blue-chip client list. Over the last 30 years, more than 2 million people have shared his insight at his events. Jim’s global client list gives him a front-row seat to the high-velocity change that is occurring as disruption comes to take hold of every industry and every organization.

With that insight, and the customized research that he undertakes for every engagement, he helps to transform growth-oriented organizations into high-velocity innovation heroes!

Jim provides high-energy keynotes for audiences of 50 to 5,000, as well as intimate, customized strategic planning sessions for CEO/CxO, board, and senior management meetings. He has researched key innovation success factors for dozens of organizations and industries including life sciences, health care, insurance, automotive, manufacturing, agriculture, technology, education, government, consumer products, retail, banking, and countless others.

He has been invited in by NASA (twice) to share his insight on the future of the space industry; by Disney, to advise on new strategies for creativity and innovation; by the PGA of America for his thoughts on how to accelerate the golf industry; by Pfizer for insight on the future of medical science; by the World Bank for his thoughts on opportunities for economic development; and by the Wall Street Journal for his perspective on disruptive trends. Among countless others…

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Accelerating Creativity: Discovering Opportunity With an Innovation Reboot

We will see more change in every industry in the next 10 years than we have seen in the last 100 as transformation and disruption sweeps the world.

Every company is faced with the rapid emergence of new competitors, significant new business models, more challenging consumers, the acceleration of science, and a transition to the speed of innovation that will define its future.

How do you manage this complex new world and get ahead? By turning on your innovation engine, firing your creativity thrusters, and strapping in for a rocket ride into your faster future. You need to accelerate your ability to generate radically new ideas and transformative concepts. You need innovation and creativity!

In this keynote, futurist and innovation expert Jim Carroll shares the innovation and creativity insight that he has gained through three decades of a  relentless focus on what turns organizations into high-velocity innovation and creativity heroes. None other than NASA has invited Jim in – twice – to share his insight on innovation strategies. Disney - a creativity superhero - invited him in for a keynote on the opportunities that come from rethinking creativity. The World Bank engaged him for a talk that linked fast-moving future trends to the need for accelerated innovation and fast thinking.

Jim’s keynote will share with you the key elements of his imaginary but powerful “Masters in Business Imagination” curriculum - a structure of 10 key leadership strategies, actions, and structures that will help you envision opportunity, think differently, and act quickly.

Launch yourself into the faster future with this unique, high energy creativity-focused keynote from global futurist, trends & innovation expert Jim Carroll!


Innovating For the Upturn: How to Accelerate Opportunity and Achieve Growth in an Era of Volatility

New ideas, transformative innovations, and bold thinking don’t die in periods of economic volatility – in fact, a downturn is often the starting point for big ideas and a big upturn! Companies such as Burger King, Microsoft, CNN, and FedEx all started up during economic downturns because they remained firmly focused on growth opportunities, the future, and trends.

Conventional wisdom would suggest we’d better hunker down, scale back, slow down, take it easy, be cautious, reduce spending, defer our actions, wait it out, take things slow, and put things on pause. But history tells us that doesn't work - because those who choose to relentlessly focus on growth are those who win.

How do you do this? It’s by understanding that the winners that emerge are those who battle aggressive indecision, challenge organizational sclerosis, and recommit to growth despite volatility. History teaches us that those who win are those who doubled down on innovation and transformation, and refocused on the long-term view! During the 2008-09 global economic meltdown, ‘winners’ grew at a 17% compound annual growth rate during the downturn compared to 0% among the ‘losers.’ And those ‘winners’ locked in gains of 13% CAGR in the years after the downturn compared to the ‘losers’ stalling at 1%. That’s a powerful growth lesson right there!

These winners chose to opt out of the common narrative – it’s a recession, cut back, hunker down and make sure you ride it out – and by choosing instead to go into the future full throttle, they emerged much better positioned for that future.

Futurist and innovation expert Jim Carroll shares these and other critical lessons, along with specific strategic guidance on how to double down on growth during times of volatility. It's battle-tested, stage-proven insight developed through previous periods of economic volatility. You will come away with clear leadership insight on the growth-oriented insight you need to pursue.

Client / Customer-Oriented Events

Highly customized insight, extensive pre-event consultations, a global track record, and detailed industry experience!

Mindshare matters. In a complex and fast competitive landscape, positioning your product or service offerings to your customer or client has become more of a challenge than ever before.

That’s why organizations continue to invest in large-scale or intimate customer-client events. It’s an opportunity to tell your story, position your products, put in perspective your value proposition, and build relationships.

Countless numbers of organizations, including hi-tech firms, professional services firms, financial and legal organizations, telecom companies, and manufacturing organizations have engaged Jim to provide an opening keynote message for their event that is carefully aligned with their key message.

Companies like Microsoft, SAP, Cisco, Oracle, Toshiba, and many more have had Jim provide his insight on the future and disruption with a highly customized keynote that aligns to their overall customer event message.   Professional service firms like KPMG, Ernst Young, and Baker McKenzie have arranged for Jim to speak at critical client events on topics ranging for the acceleration of business to the emergence of new legal risk issues. Zurich Insurance recently arranged for Jim to share his thoughts on the future of risk at a global risk management summit in Switzerland.  Schneider Electric engaged Jim to open a user group conference, with a message focused on the future of manufacturing including the impact of the Industrial Internet of Things.

Whatever your message and however specific your topics, Futurist Jim Carroll has proven to be a reliable event partner with a keynote message that is based on customized research, extensive consultation, and detailed trends insight backed by a compelling stage presence.

Fast Future

The Acceleration of Artificial Intelligence and the Rise of the Robots - Promise and Peril in the Next Technological Transformation

The sudden and dramatic arrival of ChatGPT has caught the imagination of the world as we sense the arrival of new opportunities, at the same time that it has fueled a sense of concern and worry.  We are now firmly inn the era of the acceleration of artificial intelligence ("AI") as seen with generative text such as ChatGPT and image technologies like Stable Diffusion. But our complex new future is not just happening with AI - we are seeing the 'rise of the robots,' the maturity of industrial autonomous technologies, machine intelligence and vision systems, digital twin and augmented reality technologies, the impact of 'sensorworld,' drones and more - it's a brand new and fast-moving world

There are a lot of fast-moving technologies - but making sense of what's real and cutting through the hype to discover real opportunities within the trends is one of the most important things you can do!

There are significant implications to the sudden arrival of artificial intelligence and other trends, from very real business model disruption to unique legal and copyright issues, education, knowledge, and workforce skills challenges, as well as the emergence of disruptive new industry competitors and accelerated new product development and innovation opportunities. The scope of what these technologies represent is increasing because the pace of their evolution is now moving faster than fast.

In this keynote, Jim will help you understand:

- the challenges and opportunities behind these trends within your industry and organization

-  the disruptive impact on your business and operations, and the strategies you should be thinking about to align with the new realities they present

- key strategic action plans designed to get your team moving forward with certainty to align to the opportunities of the trend as well as the timing of how it will unfold.

Futurist Jim Carroll will help you cut through the noise and the hype to understand what is really happening, and the critical nature of the important trends that you must pay attention to!

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Think Big, Start Small, Scale Fast: Stories from the Stage on Disruption, Transformation and the Accelerating Futureby Jim Carroll

Think Big, Start Small, Scale Fast: Stories from the Stage on Disruption, Transformation and the Accelerating Future

by Jim Carroll

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Videos and Keynote Topic: The Future of Golf - and Rethinking Innovation Through Golf!

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Daily Inspiration: "Challenge the unknown - with pinpoint precision!"

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Daily Inspiration: " .Experiential capital is the new capital for the 21st century!"

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Video: "Will you watch the future happen - or will you make the future happen?"

Can you imagine your world 10 years from now? Are you ready to adapt? Will you watch the future happen – or will you make the future happen? The post Video: “Will you watch the...
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Video: "The Future. It's Fast! Are You?"

A clip from my keynote in Muscat, Oman last year that I edited together yesterday. Watch it – and then, ask yourself : are you really operating with the speed and agility that...
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Daily Inspiration: "Think fast. Be faster!"

"Think fast. Be faster!" – Futurist Jim Carroll In a few weeks, I'll be speaking at Revionics Insight 2019, one of the leading events in the retail industry. As part of the...
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