Jim Harris: Biography highlights

One of North America’s foremost management consultants, authors and thinkers on disruptive innovation, leadership, innovation, organizational change, future trends and mitigating risk. Association magazine ranked Jim as one of the nation’s top ten speakers and consultants.

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About Jim Harris

Jim has 20 years experience as a professional speaker and consultant, he speaks internationally at more than 40 conferences a year on topics including innovation and creativity, customer relationship management (CRM), eLearning, creating learning organizations, environmental leadership, energy efficiency, strategic planning and creating common organizational mission and vision.

He is also a thought leader on digital disruption and digital transformation – writing columns, articles and white papers on disruption. One of the disruptive innovation books he has written is called Blindsided! which discusses how businesses can mitigate the impact they experience from disruption in their market.

His most recent book, Blindsided! is a #1 international bestseller, having hit the top spot on the Financial Times of London’s European Edition of Best Business Books. Soundview Executive Summaries selected it as one of the best business books and send a summary to 80,000 executives worldwide. He is also the author of The Learning Paradox, which appeared on numerous bestseller lists and co-author of national bestseller The 100 Best Companies to Work for in Canada.

As a management consultant, Jim works with leading businesses, Fortune 500 companies and organizations aspiring to join these ranks. He was one of the first seven Canadians personally trained by Al Gore to give his An Inconvenient Truth presentation. From 1992-1996 he represented the Covey Leadership Center in Canada teaching Dr. Stephen Covey’s work, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

In addition to his speaking and consulting engagements and books, Jim Harris writes for a number of publications, including the Globe and Mail, Profit magazine and Backbone magazine.



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Disruptive Innovation Speaker Jim Harris: AI & Autonomous Vehicles (Self Driving Cars)
Disruptive Innovation Speaker Jim Harris: AI & Autonomous Vehicles (Self Driving Cars)
ZNews - Disruptive Innovation Expert Jim Harris at ideacity 2019
ZNews - Disruptive Innovation Expert Jim Harris at ideacity 2019
Jim Harris On Disruptive Innovation At Ideacity 2017
Jim Harris On Disruptive Innovation At Ideacity 2017
Episode 3 - Jim Harris
Episode 3 - Jim Harris
Centre for Management & Policy Studies, UK Cabinet Office

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
Events Supply Chain Management Association

'Jim Harris was a wonderful speaker. The delegates and I really enjoyed his presentation and he was extremely professional.'

Mirissa Caldarola
Senior Coordinator
The City of Grande Prairie

'He made the presentation very relatable for the entire audience. I was very pleased with the amount of work he put in before hand, the definition of knowing your audience!'

Organizational Development Specialist
Royal LePage

'Every day the future keeps coming at us whether we like it or not. The Learning Paradox provides individuals and organizations with the keys to unlock the right attitude and the mechanism for developing the necessary skills to go out and meet the future with confidence.'

Mackenzie Financial

'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.'

Canadian College of Health Service Executives

'As opening speaker and workshop leader, you set the appropriate tone for an institute designed for the professional development of senior leaders in the health care system. Your approach to the topic was - in all aspects - at a high professional level which was reflected in a high approval rating by the participants. You have excellent communication skills which, coupled with you infectious enthusiasm, have resulted in an outstanding beginning for our traditional Leadership Institute.'

Bell Canada

'The verdict is in. . . Jim Harris has been acclaimed as a resounding success by all of our respondents. In summary, Jim delivered for us, with gusto!!'

Chapters, Professional Engineers Ontario

'Thank you so much for an excellent conference. You have far surpassed the expectations of my boss and the like. The material is relevant and your style is clear and confident. I can speak for everyone - you have engaged them.'


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