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Jim Harris

Jim Harris is one of North America’s foremost thinkers on disruptive innovation, speaking internationally at more than 100 conferences and virtual webinars a year. Association magazine ranked him as one of North America’s top ten speakers. Jim also leads strategic planning sessions with executive teams.

His clients include Barclays Bank, Canon, General Motors, IBM, Munich Re, SAP, the Top 200 CIOs of India, the UK Cabinet Office, Swiss Re, Walmart, Zurich Insurance.

Jim’s last book, Blindsided!, is published in 80 countries worldwide and is a #1 international bestseller. Soundview Executive Summaries selected Blindsided! as one of the best business books of the year, sending a summary to 80,000 executives globally. The Miami Herald calls Blindsided! “Brilliant stuff!”

A short video overview of Jim Harris's keynote presentations and interactive workshops.

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Disruptive Innovation

Innovation is an essential strategy for growing the top line of your business. But innovation isn’t easy – otherwise everyone would be doing it – innovation requires a discipline, it requires a process for gaining insight, evaluating possibilities and placing strategic bets. Gain the insights into these essential strategies from expert innovation speaker Jim Harris, who’s been helping businesses around the world increase their revenues for more than 20 years. Working with companies – from the Fortune 500 to the fastest growing companies, Mr Harris has established a reputation as an international innovation speaker and disruptive innovation speaker that brings results. Jim’s work as an innovation speaker helps corporate executives and management teams implement and refine their innovation processes to stay ahead of their industry, gain market share and raise profits.

Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies

On April 30, 1993 Tim Berners-Lee working at CERN in Europe publicly released code that created the world wide web. The impact over the last 25 years has been transformative as the web now profoundly influences our modern life. In the same way, Blockchain will have a transformative effect over the next 25 years. Blockchain broke into global consciousness when Bitcoin spiked to $19,783 on December 17, 2017. At the time the market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies peaked at more than $800 billion. Because of this Bitcoin – and more widely cryptocurrencies – became the poster boy for blockchain. But crypto is just one application of blockchain. Here are three applications illustrating how blockchain will transform greatly differing industries.

Spinach & Supply Chain

In 2006 three people died and 200 fell ill after eating spinach contaminated with E. Coli. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could not be sure which bags of spinach, from which sources, were contaminated, so it recommended that Americans avoid eating any fresh spinach altogether. The recall took two weeks to trace to the source of the problem and during that time all spinach on the shelves was pulled and destroyed. The crisis cost the industry $74 million. In reality, the contaminated produce involved one supplier’s production from one day on a single line. Blockchain use can avoid this wholesale recall and resulting loss. And it took months for people to trust spinach in supermarkets. Imagine a technology that could instantly trace the problem back. That is the promise of blockchain. The supply chain and logistics is a $62 TRILLION a year industry. Blockchain will have a transformative impact on it.

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