Frans Johansson Profile

An expert in innovation and change management, Frans Johannson is in demand for speaking engagements throughout the world. Raised in Sweden by an African-American/Cherokee mother and Swedish father, he lives his life at the crossroads. He returned to America for his education, where he earned a BSc in environmental science from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Frans’ first book, The Medici Effect, was nominated as one of BusinessWeek’s “Best Books on Innovation” and was also chosen by Amazon as one of the top ten business books of the year. His second book, The Click Moment, fundamentally changes the perceived rules of success. His article writing has ranged from healthcare to information technology to the science of sports fishing, and he has appeared on CNN, ABC and CNBC.

Some of the world’s largest companies have invited Frans to advise them on Executive Leadership, including BAE Systems, MetLife, Caterpillar and Nike. He has also spoken to many government agencies, universities and other companies globally.

Frans is the founder of a software company, an international healthcare firm and a hedge fund; in addition he sits on the Diversity Board of Novartis and is the founder and CEO of The Medici Group.

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    An author, entrepreneur, and acclaimed international keynote speaker, Frans Johansson has addressed audiences around the world. His debut book, The Medici Effect, available in 18 languages, 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, rewrites the rules for success.

    Frans has advised Executive Leadership from the world’s largest companies, including BAE Systems, Caterpillar, MetLife and Nike; as well as startups, venture capital firms, government agencies, and universities around the world. He sits on the Diversity Board of Novartis, and 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 holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is currently the founder and CEO of The Medici Group.

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Frans Johannson brings his own knowledge of living at the crossroads to explain that the most successful leaders in these complex and swiftly moving times are those who are intersectional. This means those who are willing to change perspectives and organizational structures in order to drive high performance and growth. Frans helps the audience to discover how they can become this type of leader.

Frans is a firm believer, as detailed in his book The Click Moment, in embracing unpredictability. He tears down the received wisdom of tried and tested formulas for success, showing how they often ignore the unexpected forces that actually drove them.

Diversity is more important in the global market than it has ever been, and Frans redefines the perception of it to show how companies already have diversity within their ranks. He demonstrates that the most innovative companies turn diversity into their most powerful competitive advantage.

Innovation, Technology and Design

The Seven Traps of Innovation

There are seven traps that can kill any innovation effort. Johansson has worked with more than 2,000 teams worldwide to help anticipate and avoid these traps. He shares his insights in this talk packed with critical takeaways.

The Medici Effect

In this classic presentation, 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 Innovation Experience®

This is 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 takeaways.


The Innovative Leader: How to Break out of the Pack

Johansson addresses how to innovate in business while meeting the demands of non-stop performance. In this talk, he reveals to audiences how to rise to the tremendous challenges leaders face around innovation and standing apart from the crowd.

Overcoming the Fear of Failure

Even exceptionally capable leaders hold back out of fear 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 are becoming the keys to future growth. This presentation helps attendees transform their company and drop execution from 12 months to 12 weeks, or 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 at Medical City in Orlando, startup incubators in Sweden, and the economy of Trinidad and Tobago. In this talk, he shares how attendees can do the same in their region.

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity Drives Innovation

Johansson demonstrates why diversity is a key driver in innovative success and how attendees can capitalize on this. This talk has singlehandedly invigorated organizational change across industries.

Reinventing Diversity and Inclusion

Johansson calls for a complete overhaul of the way organizations deliver on their diversity and inclusion promises. In this talk, he outlines the steps an organization must take to turn diversity and inclusion into a strategic force. This is the perfect follow-up talk to Diversity Drives Innovation.

What People are Saying about Seeing Frans Speak

Rating Entries

“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.”
    Sam Palmisano, former Chairman and CEO, IBM

“Frans’ talk was clearly among the finest I have seen on campus in my 7 years at Purdue and my 18 years in and around the Purdue media community.”
    Phillip Fiorini, Purdue University

“@Frans_Johansson You inspired and motivated us tonight to find emerging patterns, engage our passion and network outside our comfort zone.”

“Frans was phenomenal! He delivered a powerful message on diversity and innovation that has our partners still talking weeks later. His energy was palpable, and everybody loved him.”
    Angela Wilkes, Owens & Minor

“Engaging, inspiring and very thoughtful!”
    Stefan Johnsson, SVP and CFO, Volvo

“Just had @Frans_Johansson bring my entire world into alignment…”

“The creative spark that Frans started still burns hot today… six months later.”
    Jay Lenstrom, CEO, The Radiate Group

“Excellent #gartner keynote by the impossibly energetic @Frans_Johansson on embrace unexpected outcomes and failing quickly and often.”

“A superb job. The evaluations are in… We have never received a 100%, on speaker evaluations. You are awesome!”
    Texanna Reeves, Vice President, Sodexho

“If you ever have the ability to listen to @Frans_Johansson, I strongly encourage u to do so. Greatest talk of the week2me.”

“Seen a lot of keynotes over the years, but Frans Johansson’s presentation this morning goes to the top of my list! Fantastic!”

“One of the best speakers I’ve ever heard. Inspiring innovation in all we do.”

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Books by Frans Johansson:

The Click Moment

The Click Moment
In today’s market, the rules are changing so fast that formulas for success are disintegrating, and multi million-dollar insights can strike anybody, anywhere, at any time.

In short, randomness is taking over.

The Click Moment is the first in-depth study of how randomness, serendipity and, yes, luck are the new normal. More than that, it is a compendium of 100% actionable information for how smart entrepreneurs, innovators and business leaders can set “bait” for their own click moments, notice them when they happen and harness their vast potential immediately.

If a good idea is a light bulb going off over your head, a true click moment is a supernova exploding at 100 billion degrees. Frans deciphers these miniature miracles, showing that success is random but randomness is ours to control.

The Medici Effect: What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation
Why do so many world-changing insights come from people with little or no related experience? Charles Darwin was a geologist when he proposed the theory of evolution. And it was an astronomer who finally explained what happened to the dinosaurs.

Frans Johansson’s The Medici Effect shows how breakthrough ideas most often occur when we bring concepts from one field into a new, unfamiliar territory, and offers examples how we can turn the ideas we discover into path-breaking innovations.

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