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Frans Johansson

Innovation Thought Leader | Bestselling Author

Frans Johansson
TEDxNASA - The Medici Effect
Frans Johansson
TEDxNASA - The Medici Effect

Does your strategy reflect the new normal? We live in unpredictable times where the rules are changing and the formulas for success are disintegrating. Bestselling author and thought leader Frans Johansson shows organizations how to innovate, grow, and create a self-sustaining culture that can withstand even the most volatile conditions. His approach redefines unpredictability as opportunity, diversity as profit, and execution as strategy.

In his role as thought leader and CEO of The Medici Group, Johansson has advised executive leadership at Fortune 500 companies such as Disney, IBM, Nike, and Synchrony (formerly GE Financial). He has also been featured on ABC, CNN, CNBC, the PBS Newshour, and National Public Radio.

Johansson is the bestselling author of The Medici Effect: What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation (Harvard Business School Press – 2004), which was named one of the “Best Books on Innovation” by BusinessWeek, and one of the Top 10 Best Business Books of the Year by It was also hailed by innovation legend Clay Christensen as “one of the most insightful books on managing innovation that I have ever read,”

Johansson’s other title, The Click Moment: Seizing Opportunity in an Unpredictable World (Penguin Portfolio – 2012), builds on how to rewrite the rules for success. A regular feature in the media, Johansson has appeared on networks such as CNN, ABC, and CNBC.

Raised in Sweden by his African-American/Cherokee mother and Swedish father, Johansson has lived all his life at the intersection. He has founded a software company, an international healthcare firm, and a hedge fund. Frans holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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