Jim Harris is a one of North America’s foremost management consultants, authors and thinkers on sustainability, disruptive innovation future trends, change and leadership. Association magazine ranked him as one of the nation’s top ten speakers.
His clients include Association of College and Research Libraries, (ACRL), American Library Association, Barclays Bank, Columbia Tristar Pictures, Deloitte & Touche, IEEE, Johnson & Johnson, MasterCard, Munich Re, the UK Cabinet Office, the World Future Society and Zurich Insurance. And his sustainability clients include IBM, Walmart, Cleantech, numerous governments, universities and colleges and property developers.
He is the Program Director for the Centre of Excellence in Sustainability and Innovation at the Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC) at the Schulich School of Business at York University.
His most recent book, Blindsided! is published in 80 countries worldwide. Blindsided! is a #1 international bestseller and has been named one of the best business books of the year by a number of organizations. Soundview Executive Summaries selected it as one of the best business books sending a summary to 80,000 executives worldwide.
Mr. Harris’ second book, The Learning Paradox, was nominated for the National Business Book Award, and has appeared on numerous bestseller lists. Books for Business ranked it as one of the top 10 business books in all of North America. There are now over 40,000 copies in print. The Learning Paradox argues that “job security” as we knew it is gone. Individual and organizational security is now based on learning, changing and coping with uncertainty. Paradoxically these are what we as adults fear most!
Mr. Harris was named one of Canada’s Clean50 – honouring outstanding contributors to sustainable development and clean capitalism in Canada. He was also recognized for his contribution to sustainability in Canada by being named one of the inaugural recipients of the Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Award in 2011 by Green Living Enterprises.
Every year he attends the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland with Corporate Knights Magazine to launch the Global 100 – the hundred most sustainable corporations in the world.
“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.”
“In the fast-paced global business environment, the possibility of being blindsided by a competitor or new market entrant is very real, even for businesses that appear most secure. Jim Harris offers real-life examples that will cause the reader to stop, think and question whether he or she is doing everything in his or her power to avoid being blindsided. A must-read for all senior executives.”
“Having attended countless sessions over the years, I am very selective. I am especially proud that one of the best messages I’ve heard at MPI was delivered by a Canadian – Jim Harris.”
“You initiated a shift in strategic thinking within our plant management.”