Frans Johansson

Frans Johansson

Innovation Expert and Author, "The Medici Effect"
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Program Descriptions

The Click Moment: Seizing Opportunity in an Unpredictable World
Success, we’re told, is the outcome of careful planning, analysis, and strategy. But the truth is, success is far more random than we’d like to believe. In fact, in today’s complex, volatile, and random world, the five-year business plan is obsolete, and going through the motions can no longer guarantee strong performance. If planning is out the window, what do you have? According to Frans Johansson, look for “Click Moments”—rare opportunities, often serendipitous, to change course. He will discuss how to spot Click Moments and increase their occurrence in our lives, how to place lots of high-potential bets, and how to harness the complex forces that follow into a winning strategy.

The Medici Effect: Ground breaking Innovation at the Intersection of Disciplines and Cultures
What do goat milk, spiders, and fishing lines have in common? Fiber optics and concrete? Ant hills and architecture? 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 diverse fields and cultures collide, igniting an explosion of extraordinary new innovations. By creating ‘Medici Effects ,’ companies have become global leaders; products and services have yielded huge margins; and the most unlikely of people have outdone the experts in their own fields.

Diversity Drives Innovation
The world is changing fast. People today are more global than ever and move often between many cultures and countries. Companies, cities, and nations must compete on a global basis. In this new order of rising economies and beleaguered first-world nations, diversity is more important than ever for innovation. Frans 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 companies make diversity their most powerful innovation tool.

The Rise of the New Intersectional Leader
With global economies, business and people more connected than ever, unpredictability and volatility are the new normal. This is true whether you are a bellwether company, category leader, or innovator with history behind you. How can leaders navigate in this uncertain climate? Frans Johansson believes that tomorrow's most successful leaders will be Intersectional Leaders who tear down silos, embrace diversity, and plan for the unexpected. This new class of Intersectional Leaders will spark organization-wide culture change to drive growth for their firm. In this talk, the audience they will discover how they can develop their leadership abilities to inspire change, breakthrough innovation and growth, even when the answer is not so obvious.


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An author, entrepreneur, and consultant, Frans Johansson has spoken to audiences around the world, from the boardroom of large corporations to villages in developing countries. His debut book, The Medici Effect, available in 18 languages, shattered assumptions about how great ideas happen, and was named one of the “Best Books on Innovation” by BusinessWeek and one of the top 10 best business books of the year by His follow up book, The Click Moment, obliterates the idea that in business you can strategize, plan, and analyze your way to success.

Frans has advised executives and captivated audiences from 30% of the Fortune 100 such as IBM, Disney, Johnson & Johnson, and American Express; as well as startups, venture capital firms, government agencies, and universities around the world. He has been featured on CNN, ABC, and CNBC among others.

Raised in Sweden by his African-American/Cherokee mother and Swedish father, Frans has lived all his life at the intersection. He has founded a software company, an international healthcare firm, and a hedge fund. He has written articles on healthcare, information technology, and the science of sport fishing. Frans earned his B.S. in Environmental Science from Brown University and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is the founder and CEO of The Medici Group.

Frans lives in Brooklyn, New York with his family.

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"Absolute knockout!"

"One of the most dynamic presenters I've every experiened.... bold, creative and fun. Engages his audience and taps into individual creativity in a new and exciting way. His energy is contagious!"

“Captured the tremendous business value of cultural diversity and its impact on innovation—in a very fun way! Frans’ presentation was one of the highlights of our conference.”

Engaging, inspiring and very thoughtful!”

An outstanding speaker. One of the most compelling cases for diversity that I have ever seen.”
--Pacific Bell

“Frans has a unique and captivating way of looking at things. He led my organization and one of my ideation teams through high-energy innovation sessions. In just one session, he took our team from: struggling with no direction or ideas to: fully developed ideas with a process and plan… I highly recommend his approach—truly one of the best corporate development experiences I have ever had.”
--Johnson & Johnson

“I once again want to commend you on doing a superb job presenting at our Professional Development Conference. The evaluations are in and this is the response: 1) The speaker was motivational and informative 100%. 2) I learned something new from the speaker that I can apply to my business 99%. We have never received a 100%, on speaker evaluations. You are awesome!”