Frans Johansson

Frans Johansson

Innovation Thought Leader | Bestselling Author

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.

The Seven Traps of Innovation

There are seven traps that can kill any innovation effort. Johansson has worked with over 2,000 teams worldwide to help anticipate and avoid these traps and will share his insights in this talk packed with critical take-away.

The Medici Effect

In this classic talk, Johansson urges individuals and organizations to break down the silos and step into the Intersection – a place where different fields, disciplines, departments, and cultures converge to create new, remarkable breakthroughs.

The Innovative Leader: How to Break out of the Pack

How do you innovate your business and your career while the demands of non-stop performance are constantly increasing? Johansson will reveal how to rise to the tremendous challenges leaders today face around innovation and standing apart from everybody else.

Overcoming the Fear of Failure

Even exceptionally capable leaders hold back out of fear that they will fail – and what the consequences of such a failure could be. In this talk, Johansson focuses on what leaders can do both strategically and mentally to overcome this fear and unleash their true potential.

Speed is the New IP

The shelf-life of traditional IP is trending towards zero. Instead an organization’s ability to move fast, respond to changing conditions, capitalize on unexpected success and scale rapidly is becoming the key to future growth. Transform your company and drop the time of executing from 12 months to 12 weeks, even 12 days.

Hypergrowth: Boosting the Engine of Regional Economies

Johansson demonstrates how his Renaissance ideas have driven regional growth throughout the world, such as medical City in Orlando, startup incubators in Sweden, the economy of Trinidad and Tobago – and how you can do the same in your region.

Diversity Drives Innovation

Johansson demonstrates why diversity is a key driver in innovative success and how you can capitalize on this fact. This talk has single-handedly catalyzed organizational change across industry after industry.

Reinventing Diversity and Inclusion

Johansson calls for a complete overhaul of how an organization delivers on its diversity and inclusion promise. He outlines the steps an organization must take to turn diversity and inclusion into a strategic force. It is a perfect follow-up talk after Diversity Drives Innovation.

The Innovation Experience

A four-hour, intense and immersive experience where Johansson takes an audience through a stunning session of creativity and innovation in the wild. It incorporates a mix of keynotes, fast-paced interactions, vivid imagery, music and memorable techniques specifically designed to provide deep take-away.