Frans Johansson is the best-selling author of The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts and Cultures. Translated into 20 languages, The Medici Effect was named one of the top 10 best business books by Amazon.com.
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.
His latest book The Click Moment: Seizing Opportunity in an Unpredictable World (September 2012), focuses on the ideas and moments that successful leaders must leverage to unleash innovation and growth.
Innovation speaker Frans 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. Currently, Frans serves on the Board of Trustees for the New York Hall of Science
Johansson resides in New York City with his family.
The Medici Effect: Ground-Breaking Innovation at the Intersection of Disciplines and Cultures
What do goat milk, spiders, and fishing lines have in common? Music records and airlines? Ant behavior and telecommunications routing? 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 different fields and cultures meet and collide, ultimately igniting an explosion of extraordinary innovations. See how companies become global leaders, how products and services yield huge margins, how researchers, managers, and artists outdo their peers.
Diversity Drives Innovation
The world is changing fast. Today more people than ever move between cultures and countries. Companies, cities, even nations, must compete on a global basis just to stay even. In this world, diversity has become a key driver for innovation. Johansson 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 different cultures collide and ignite an explosion of extraordinary new ideas and discoveries.
Diversity Drives Innovation Part II: Use the Power of Diverse Teams to Build, Change and Grow Your Business
A follow-up session to the Diversity Drives Innovation, Frans Johansson will show how organizations can use diverse teams to connect diversity to your business, break down silos and brings out the best that everyone has to give to any challenge or opportunity. After this session, people walk away energized and equipped with tangible tools, simple strategies, and a proven process to create and manage diverse teams that are directly relevant to your company’s success. It reveals each person’s innate imagination and changes the way they use it, giving everyone more confidence, improved productivity, and better collaborative skills that make a difference to the bottom line.
Reinventing Diversity and Inclusion
Johansson calls for a complete overhaul of how an organization delivers on its diversity and inclusion promise. He outlines the steps an organization must take to turn diversity and inclusion into a strategic force. It is a perfect follow-up talk after Diversity Drives Innovation.
Innovative Leader: How to Break Out of the Pack
Whether you’re facing a challenge, threat or opportunity, it takes new thinking, creative ideas and collaboration if you want to survive, thrive or compete in today’s business world. Learn how to be seen as an innovative leader in your company. It doesn’t take a new budget, space-age thinkers or wildly creative types. You already have what you need. Gain a fresh perspective on what innovation is and isn’t, how it happens and, more importantly, discover how you can develop your own creative and innovative abilities to meet any challenge and make a difference.
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