Jim Carroll is recognized worldwide as a “thought leader” and authority on: global trends; rapid business model change; business transformation in a period of economic uncertainty; and the necessity for fast paced innovation. He has a track record of inspiring organizations to reframe the opportunity for innovation in the context of significant, transformative change.
Carroll is an author, columnist, media commentator, and consultant, with a focus on linking future trends to innovation and creativity. He has a 20 year track record in providing direct, independent guidance to a huge, diverse global client base. Jim has researched key innovation success factors for dozens of associations, professions, companies, individuals, and industries including life sciences, health care, insurance, automotive, manufacturing, agriculture, technology, education, government, consumer products, retail, banking and countless others.
His insight has been recently covered in the UK Telegraph, Dubai’s Capital Magazine and South Africa’s The Star Newspaper. BusinessWeek named Jim as one of four leading sources for insight on innovation and creativity; he was a feature expert on the Primetime CNBC series.
Jim is also an author, with books including The Future Belongs To Those Who Are Fast, 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 Innovation. He has participated in over 3,000 interviews with ABC News, BusinessWeek, INC, Fast Company, CNBC, Texas Meetings and Events, The South China Morning Post, STOrai Magazine, The Age, American Way, CAPITAL Magazine, CEO Magazine Hungary, Association LEADERSHIP, The National Post and PROFIT, to name but a few.
Jim is a graduate of the University of Toronto – Rotman Business School Directors Education Program, as his career path increasingly comes to include strategic guidance at the corporate Board level.
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- Healthcare 2030: The Transformative Trends That Will REALLY Define Our Future: Everyone in a leadership position in the health care system knows that the challenges are substantial and immense. A rapid increase in lifestyle disease, skills shortages, the acceleration of science and medical device technology, combined with cutbacks in funding and resources. That’s why innovation has quickly come to be one of the top issues that senior health care executives and medical professionals are focused on. There is a realization that there is an urgent need to challenge the very philosophies upon which the system is built. That’s why the insight of global futurist Jim Carroll is so timely. In this cutting edge keynote he will provide you with insight into the major scientific, technological, consumer and social trends that will, by the year 2030, allow for some very dramatic changes in the concept of health care delivery. Where will we be the year 2030? We will have successfully transitioned the system from one which “fixes people after they’re sick” to one of preventative, diagnostic genomic-based medicine. Treating patients for the conditions we know they are likely to develop, and re-architecting the system around that reality. A system which will provide for virtual care through bio-connectivity, and extension of the hospital into a community-care oriented structure. A consumer driven, retail oriented health care environment for non-critical care treatment that provides significant opportunities for cost reduction. Real time analytics and location-intelligence capabilities which provide for community-wide monitoring of emerging health care challenges. “Just-in-time” knowledge concepts which will help to deal with a profession in which the volume of knowledge doubles every six years. That and much, much more. The fact is, we are going to witness more change in the scientific and technological world of health care in the next ten years than we have seen in the last 25. In his Healthcare2030 keynote, Jim puts into perspective why innovation is no longer just a fashionable phrase — it’s the critical new leadership focus for executives in the health care sector.
- Big Trends in Agriculture: What Will the Worlds’ Oldest Profession Look Like In 2025?: Jim Carroll, an agriculture futurist and innovation expert, will look into his crystal ball and predict what agriculture will be like in 2025. Whether it’s driverless tractors, weed-zapping robots or data-transmitting crops, Jim will forecast what farms might be like in the not so distant future and encourage the industry to embrace high-velocity innovation. Growers that focus on innovation as a core value will find success; their innovation will focus on the triple-feature need for growth, efficiency and ingestion of new science. It will be by adopting new methodologies, products, partnerships and ideas that they will learn to thrive. Jim is recognized worldwide as a “thought leader” and authority on global trends, rapid business model change, business transformation in a period of economic uncertainty, and the necessity for fast-paced innovation. He is known for his focused talks in agriculture : he spent so much time customizing the presentation for one agricultural conference that at the conclusion, one fellow came up and asked him how long he had been a farmer!
- Insurance in the Era of Disruption: The Challenge of Change with Fintech, Accelerated Risk and More: Let’s face it: the trends impacting life and property/casualty and groups benefits insurance companies are real. The industries will be disrupted by tech companies. Existing brokerage and distribution networks will be obliterated as more people buy insurance direct. Predictive analytics will shift the industry away from actuarial based historical assessment to real-time coverage. Policy niches, micro-insurance and just-in-time insurance will drive an increasing number of revenue models. The Internet of Things (IoT) and massive connectivity will provide for massive market and business model disruption. Fast paced trends involving self-driving cars, the sharing economy, blockchains, personal drones, swarmbots, smart dust, artificial intelligence and augmented reality will either mitigate, accelerate or challenge the very notion of risk assessment and underwriting! What happens when Amazon, Google or some kid in a garage decide to really change the insurance business model? What seemed to be science fiction just a few short years ago has become a reality today, as time compresses and the future accelerates. Whichever way you look, all sectors of the insurance industry are set for an era of disruption, challenge and change! Is the industry ready for transformative change? Not really! A recent survey indicated that while 94% of Chief Strategy Officers at insurance companies agree that tech will “rapidly change their industry in 5 years,” fewer than 1 in 5 CSOs believe their companies are prepared. Does the insurance industry have the innovation culture necessary to deal with the potential for what comes next? Maybe not. Jim has been the keynote speaker for dozens of conferences, corporate events and association annual meetings in the insurance sector, including • Certified Professional Chartered Underwriter Association • LIMRA International • Assurant Insurance • Chubb Commercial • Lincoln Financial • GAMA International • Cigna • Blue Cross Blue Shield •Equitable Life Insurance Company •RBC Life Insurance •MetLife •SwissRe •American Institute of Actuaries • American Automobile Association • FM Global and SunLife. Jim led a discussion on the future of insurance at a private meeting that included CxO’s from most major insurers, including Allianz, XL Insurance, Travelers, AIG, Zurich Financial Services, Allstate, AXA, MetLife Auto & Home, Farmers, CNA, Nationwide, American Famity, Chubb, Ping An, Lloyd’s of London, Liberty Mutual, The Hartford, Generali, GEICO, State Farm, Progressive, and RSA. Jim Carroll has been helping insurance organizations in the world understand the tsunami of change that is FinTech, the impact of mobile technology, social networks, rapid business emergence, accelerated risk, the emergence of new global competitors and heightened customer expectations. In his keynotes he puts into perspective the real trends impacting the future of insurance, offering critical insight into the key innovation and leadership strategies in a time of disruptive change.
- The Jetsons Have Arrived 50 Years Early: What Are YOU Going to Do About It?: We have a new vocabulary! Self-driving cars, 3d printing, crowdfunding, the sharing economy, blockchains, personal drones, swarmbots, smart dust, vertical farms, Internet of Things, cognitive computing, smart factories, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, quantum computing, intelligent farms, smart clothing! What seemed to be science fiction just a few short years ago has become a reality today, as time compresses and the future accelerates. George Jetson lived in the future, but the future is here now. Take a voyage with Futurist Jim Carroll into the world of tomorrow, today, as he outlines the key trends, technologies, ideas and initiatives that are transforming the world around us at hypersonic speed. A world in which the medical tri-corder of the 23rd century is available today, the idea of Rosie the Robot is no longer a figment of our imagination but an emerging reality, and the flying car of the future will quickly morph into reality from today’s fast moving drone industry. In just a few short years, it will be the year 2025, and the world of tomorrow will be your reality of today. Are you ready for what comes next?
- Disrupting Amazon : Accelerating Strategies for Success in the Era of Industry Transformation: Amazon is the elephant in every industry room. They will challenge and disrupt your business model, and shake your belief in the future to the core. Why not change that before it changes you? Don’t wait for Amazon to disrupt you – disrupt yourself and disrupt Amazon first! As we witness the Amazonification of industries, deep insight into this massive-but-cheetah-like-elephant is critical, a fast strategy is required. Futurist Jim Carroll has a key message: Don’t compete — transform! When Amazonian scale disruption occurs, you can’t hope to complete on price, the sophistication of the online interaction, or the other areas in which Amazon (and similar disruptors) clearly excel. You need a different proposition, different ideas and a different strategy. In many cases, this will come about through an implicit decision to compete based on the unique value you can bring to the relationship – service, support, personal interaction and other factors. In doing so, you specifically choose to not compete based on a race to the bottom and price. Futurist Jim Carroll has headlined ‘Amazonificaiton strategies’ at a wide variety of corporate leadership meetings and association events in the medical, dental and veterinary industries; in the global optometric industry; in the agricultural dealer market, in the home renovation sector, and many more. He has provided deep insight on the transformative strategies and mindset that needs to be pursued. The acceleration of disintermediation via Amazon is a cruel reality of our modern day world. Think about the business model of a a group of agricultural dealers who sell products to farmers. The simplistic view is that they buy products from the manufacturer, and then sell them to the farmer, with an obvious markup in price. Amazon could do this (and will) with a more sophisticated online system, and avoid the cost of the markup, thereby offering a lower cost alternative. How to compete? Become an invaluable partner to the farmer in terms of advice, expertise and personal support for new initiatives, products and ideas. In the era of Amazon, you can’t hope to compete on price — because you will watch your business disappear! Futurist and innovation expert Jim Carroll outlines the key trends, strategies and opportunities to be pursued in the ear of Amazonian acceleration!
- Accelerating Creativity: How to Rethink, Redo, ReAlign and Rethink Your Future: We will see more change in every industries 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 a race to the pricing bottom, and a transition to the speed of innovation that will define their future. How do you get ahead? By turning on your innovation engine, firing your creativity thrusters, and strapping in for a rocket ride into your faster future. In this keynote, futurist and innovation expert Jim Carroll shares the insight that he has gained by spending the last 25 years with a relentless focus on what turns organizations into high-velocity innovation heroes. None other than NASA has invited Jim in - twice - to share his insight on innovation strategies. Innovative organization accelerate their creativity by turning their innovation engines upside down, focusing on customer oriented innovation and other unique models. They excel at sourcing ideas from the outside, turning that unique insight into fuel for their internal innovation factories. They challenge themselves on speed by getting into an iterative process of constantly rethinking, adjusting and redoing in order to discover the next best thing. They challenge themselves on business cycles, time to market and more. In accelerated organizations, partnership is a key focus, collaboration is critical, agility is oxygen and imagination is relentlesss. Launch yourself into the faster future with this unique, high energy keynote for global futurist, trends & innovation expert Jim Carroll.
- Think Big, Start Small, Scale Fast: Innovating in the Age of Disruption: We live in a time of massive challenge, and yet one of massive opportunity, with every industry and organization impacted by business model disruption, the emergence of new competitors, the impact of technology, the collapse of product lifecycle, political volatility and ever-more challenging customers. Those very things which might have worked for us in the past might be the very anchors that could now hold us back as the future rushes at us with ever increasing speed. In the era of Uber, Tesla and Amazon, leaders must have the insight into unique opportunities for innovation and change. Small, quick upstarts like Square are challenging the global credit card industry, at the same that GPS based driver monitoring devices are rewriting the rules of the auto insurance industry. The NEST Learning Thermostat morphs from a quiet startup to a worthy challenger to industrial energy device powerhouses. Autonomous vehicle technology leads us to road trains and a more rapid emergence of intelligent highway infrastructure. We’re in the era of the end of incumbency, in which small dominates big, fast trumps ponderous, and indecision spawns failure. Everywhere we look, we can see acceleration, speed, and velocity: and in times like these, time isn’t a