Jim Harris on Singularity 1 on 1: Change is Inevitable; Embrace It!

Jim Harris is one of North America’s foremost management consultants, public speakers, authors and thinkers on change and leadership. He is also another local Canadian thought leader that I discovered during the World Future 2012 conference where Jim made the closing keynote speech. His speech was so entertaining, informative and illuminating that I instantly decided to invite him on Singularity 1 on 1.

During our conversation with Harris we cover a wide variety of topics such as: technology as a major driver of change in our society; how a company (or our civilization) can appear to be healthy while actually being dead; the limits to growth and the ways we get Blindsided; Jim’s 13 Laws of accelerating change; why most organizations are incapable of innovation and adaptation; what Jim calls The Learning Paradox – learning, changing and accepting uncertainty; why being green is not some hippy ideology but a very profitable business decision.

One of my favorite quotes that I will take away from this interview with Jim Harris is:

“We need a silver buckshot, not a silver bullet.” (As a way of emphasizing the multiplicity of approaches necessary to adapt to accelerating change and address our environmental and economic meltdowns.)

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Who is Jim Harris?

Jim Harris is one of North America’s foremost management consultants, public speakers, authors and thinkers on change and leadership.

He has 20 years experience as a professional speaker and consultant, and speaks internationally at more than 40 conferences a year on topics including innovation and creativity, customer relationship management (CRM), eLearning, creating learning organizations, environmental leadership, energy efficiency, strategic planning, and creating common organizational mission and vision.

He was one of the first seven Canadians personally trained by Al Gore to present the slide show for An Inconvenient Truth. He was also one of just 12 Canadians who were licensed to publicly teach Dr. Stephen Covey’s work, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

Jim Harris works with leading businesses and Fortune 500 companies. He recently finished a global consulting contract with IBM and a related white paper on how low carbon leadership drives profitability.

His new book, A Crisis is a Terrible Thing to Waste, will be published in 2012. It documents hundreds of case studies on how environmental leadership is best for the bottom line, especially in these recessionary times.

His most recent book, Blindsided: How to Spot the Next Breakthrough That Will Change Your Business is a #1 international bestseller, having hit the top spot on the Financial Times of London’s European Edition of Best Business Books. He is also the author of The Learning Paradox: Gaining Success and Security in a World of Change, which appeared on numerous bestseller lists, and co-author of national bestseller The 100 Best Companies to Work for in Canada.

He is also principal at Strategic Advantage and previously held positions as partner at Cleantech Group and affiliate at Covey Leadership Centre.

In addition to his speaking and consulting engagements and books, Jim Harris writes for a number of publications, including the Globe and MailProfit magazine and Backbone magazine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joni.deangelis Joni DeAngelis

    This is a great interview Socrates ….especially for someone like me who remains skeptical of almost everything that is somehow attached to anything “green” …. Good advice in the last 2 minutes for those who do not want their emotional lives to mirror the NASDAQ index!

  • http://www.singularityweblog.com/ Socrates

    Very happy you like the interview so much Joni. And just one of the reasons is that it appears you are slipping towards becoming more green (should I dare say a little more left) leaning.

    If this is indeed true, even just as a consideration, then my time and effort was not in vain ;-)

    By the way Jim Harris is one of the founders of Canada’s Green Party and the person who stepped down for Elizabeth May. What is even more interesting about Jim is that he is very pro-business type of a green and also has an affiliation with the progressive conservative party of Canada.

  • Louis Ozeke

    To save money, recycle and be more GREEN buying a used car would be a better choice than a new Prius.

  • http://www.singularityweblog.com/ Socrates

    And what if you buy a second hand Prius friend? Wouldn’t you save even more that way?! ;-)

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