Jim Carroll

Futurist, Trends, Creativity and Innovation Expert

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Jim Carroll is acknowledged as one of the world's leading global futurists, trends and innovation experts with a massive global blue chip client list. He helps transform growth-oriented organizations into high-velocity innovation heroes! Jim has developed a global reputation for his unique presentations, and the impact they can have in helping organizations confront future trends. Recently named by Business Week as a leading source for innovation and creativity insight, his observations are frequently covered in Fortune magazine's innovation blog. As an author, columnist, media commentator, and consultant, Carroll has carefully studied the key strategies and leadership ideas that have permitted some organizations to achieve breakthrough innovations and absolutely compelling levels of creativity.

When the PGA - Professional Golfers Association of America chose an external speaker to open their 94th Annual General Meeting in 2010, they went with Jim Carroll. They'd never hired an external speaker in their long and esteemed history, and after the keynote, Allen Wronowski, the President of the PGA had this to say: "Futurist Jim Carroll helped stimulate the thought process with his keynote address about the incredible rate of change that we as a society find ourselves in, and I was delighted with the lively discussion in the hallways, the passionate positions taken at the microphones..." Jim Carroll can challenge the PGA to think passionately about linking future trends to innovation.

Jim's client list is a veritable who's who of global leaders - including NASA ; National Australian Bank; Pfizer; Diners Club; HJ Heinz; PPG; the Minnesota HealthCare Association CEO Summit; Johnson & Johnson; Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina; OhioBankers League; General Dynamics / Northrop Grumman; the Missouri Governor Economic Development Congress; Utah League of Cities & Towns; Signature Travel; Microsoft; the US National Recreation and Parks Association; Yum! Brands; Burger King; US Department of Defense - Commissary Agency; Rockwell Collins; Oracle; the International Association of Conference Centres; Illinois Governors Tourism Conference; US Navy, Marine, Air Force Child Youth Programs; Nestle...all of these organizations have engaged Jim Carroll for a keynote or leadership meeting which focused on future trends, innovation and growth!

Jim is also an author, with recent books including 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.

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Moving Beyond the Meltdown: Aligning Yourself for Growth Through Innovation

In the face of widespread economic volatility, organizations have three essential choices: they can panic, making rash decisions on structure, markets, investments; they can freeze and do nothing; or they can respond to rapid change through innovation, particularly with respect to strategies, structure, capabilities, markets, products, and activities.

 

Healthcare 2020: The Transformative Trends That Will REALLY Define Our Future

Where will we by the year 2020? 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-architechting the system around that reality.

 

Location is the New Intelligence: Customer Interaction in the Era of Pervasive Mobile

We're at the leading edge of the merger of three perfect trends: the rapid and massive emergence of a massive mobile infrastructure with increasingly intelligent devices, pervasive location awareness as a result of GPS and location intelligence/mapping trends, and a consumer mindset that is increasingly open to new forms of interaction.
The result is massive business model disruption, absolutely transformative market change, and complete obliteration of old assumptions as the nature of the customer relationship. Smart, innovative super-heroes know this is an unprecedented time to jump on the emergence of location as the new intelligence, in order to provide for new ways of product uplift in the retail space.

 

What's Happening with Our Workforce: Making Generations Work!

With the coming "end of retirement," most companies will realize they'll need a lot of telephones with big buttons for members of the 70+ folk who are still a part of their workforce -- and a lot of innovative workplace practices as well. That's but one challenge --the arrival of "Gen-Connect" (also known as "Gen-Y") -- the kids who have been wired with a mouse since birth -- will lead to the question of whether "good luck" will be the only possible response to the question of "Managing Gen-Y." Are we really in an economy in which there is an emerging profession of folks known as "manure managers?" You bet -- and it's all part of the unique issues that companies must begin thinking about today.

 

Where's the Growth? Transformative Opportunities for Transformative Times

These are truly transformative times, with an alignment of political leaders, business executives, consumers, researchers and industry groups all realizing that now is the time that we need to solve complex problems with bold thinking and "big ideas." Some of the biggest organizations in the world - including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Toshiba, the Swiss Innovation Forum, the BBC, Motorola and Nestle - have sought just such insight from Jim Carroll.

 

"An outstanding presentation for an industry and association that falls on its traditions so often. We learned that our tradition should not be something that holds us back, but rather the launching pad for innovation for the future. Thanks Jim for your thought provoking presentation!" 94th PGA of America Annual General Meeting

"Jim Carroll recently presented at Lockheed Martin's Executive HR Leadership conference. His content was very provocative, fascinating, and relevant. I've embedded a couple of his nuggets into my operating model." Lockheed Martin

"Many thanks for your presentation, "7 Things You Need to Do Right Now: Aligning the Fast Future to Your Current Strategy" It couldn't have been more energy filled and dynamic to start the conference out on the right foot. It was exactly what the audience wanted and needed to hear. The feedback from all attendees was excellent." VIBE Conference 2010, Las Vegas

"Bringing Jim into our MLC Sales Conference in Sydney through a fibre optic line was truly incredible. The key note session Jim delivered was on the money, he exceeded my expectations." MLC National Australia Bank

"Jim is one of the best speakers we had. He had excellent information that our attendees could take home and incorporate it into their plans immediately. He also incorporated our messages into his presentation that helped localize the information for our group. Highly recommended!" Illinois Bureau of Tourism.

"After seeing Jim speak at another conference, I was so motivated by his presentation, I invited Jim to speak at a conference for my organization. Another home run! Powerful, articulate, thought provoking and energetic! Jim's delivery on the importance of staying abreast of rapidly changing trends truly can assist in changing the way we do business!" US Navy, Air Force, Marine Child Youth Program Conference

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