Rowan Gibson

Futurists, Innovation

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Leading innovator and futurist, Rowan Gibson is widely regarded as one of the most important business innovation thought leaders in the world. Among the labels given him by the media are “Mr. Innovation” and “a guru among the gurus.” His books on innovation and strategy Rethinking the Future and Innovation to the Core have been published in twenty-five different languages. The latter book gives a unique explanation of how to build company-wide innovation capability.

For more than two decades Rowan has been showing a roster of blue-chip companies how to recalibrate their organizational system around innovation, enabling them to seize new growth opportunities, create new markets and transform their business.

Rowan’s keynote speeches, innovation masterclasses and public seminars are in great global demand. Companies and organizations that have invited him to speak include Accenture, Bayer, Coca-Cola, Dow Chemicals, Haier, Heineken, Henkel, IBM, Mars, Microsoft, Motorola, NOKIA, Philips, P&G, Roche, Siemens, Steelcase, and Volkswagen. He combines innovative thinking with solid examples and upbeat presentation to leave audiences inspired and energized.

In addition to his books Rowan has written many articles, columns and blogs, which have a worldwide audience. He numbers Forbes, CNN, Businessweek, Harvard Business Review, and the BBC World Service among the media outlets on which he has appeared.

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    Rowan Gibson is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost thought leaders on business innovation. The media have labeled him “Mr. Innovation,” “the Innovation Grandmaster,” “the W. Edwards Deming of innovation” and “a guru among the gurus.” He is the internationally bestselling author of two major books on innovation and strategy – Rethinking The Future (1996) and Innovation to the Core (2008) – which have been published to date in 25 languages. His latest book, Innovation to the Core (Harvard Business School Press), explains – for the first time – how to build and sustain a deep, company-wide innovation capability that drives continual growth and strategic renewal.

    Over the last two decades, Rowan’s international clients have included some of the world’s largest and most successful organizations. He teaches them how to seize new growth opportunities, create new markets and even transform entire industries by recalibrating their whole organizational system around the paradigm of innovation.

    Rowan Gibson is one of the world’s most in-demand public speakers. In just the last four years alone, he has delivered his keynote speeches, innovation masterclasses and public seminars in 51 countries around the world. He has addressed a long list of major organizations, including Accenture, Bayer, Coca-Cola, Dow Chemicals, Haier, Heineken, Henkel, IBM, Mars, Microsoft, Motorola, NOKIA, Philips, P&G, Roche, Siemens, Steelcase, and Volkswagen. Rowan’s big-picture insights, compelling observations, fresh business thinking and upbeat presentation style have impressed a wide range of audiences all over the world. He mixes insight, inspiration and information in a way that always leaves an audience feeling energized.

    Rowan is also a prolific writer. In addition to his bestselling books, he has authored dozens of business articles, columns and blogs which have been read all around the globe. He has been interviewed frequently on television and radio, as well as online and in the international press. His media appearances include Forbes, CNN, BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, and BBC World Service. He has also appeared in several business documentaries.

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Rowan Gibson brings his expertise on innovation, strategy, futurist thinking and human capital to audiences across the globe (thirty-six countries in the last two years alone).

Among the high-profile speakers with whom Rowan has shared a stage are Bill Clinton, Neil Armstrong, Newt Gingrich and Rudy Giuliani.

Rowan tailors every public appearance, be it a speech, presentation or masterclass, to specific audiences; his presentations include pertinent examples to back up his powerful and dynamic theories.

Rowan Gibson is one of the world’s busiest and most popular public speakers. In just the last two years alone, he has addressed audiences (from both the private and public sector) in 36 countries around the globe.

In his years on the public speaking circuit, Rowan has shared the stage with well-known celebrities like Neil Armstrong, Ken Blanchard, Deepak Chopra, Bill Clinton, Jim Collins, Newt Gingrich, Guy Kawasaki, John Naisbitt, Bertrand Piccard, Jonas Ridderstråle, Alvin Toffler and Fons Trompenaars. His speaking engagements have often been arranged as follow-ups to high caliber speakers like Rudi Giuliani, Gary Hamel, Kjell Nordstrom and Tom Peters.

Rowan’s speeches, presentations and masterclasses are always tailor-made to fit each audience, industry sector and event format. He endeavors, wherever possible, to use business cases and examples that are relevant to the specific audience. Rowan uses very graphic Powerpoint slides – each typically features just one powerful image and a single statement –which makes his presentations extremely dynamic. He is constantly updating his slides with cutting-edge material and up-to-the-minute business news.

Suggested Speaking Topics:

  • Rethinking Innovation
  • Rethinking the Future
  • Rethinking Strategy
  • Rethinking Human Capital

  • What People are Saying about Seeing Rowan Speak

    Rating Entries

    “Want to experience the future today? Listen to Rowan Gibson. He is one of those rare people who sees around the bend and brings tomorrow close.”
    Dave Ulrich, ranked by BusinessWeek as the #1 management educator

    “In a world gone crazy, there′s no sounder thinker than Rowan Gibson. He’s a genius when it comes to rethinking the future.”
    Al Ries, author of Focus! The Future of Your Company Depends on It

    “Rowan Gibson′s views on technology and change are thoughtful, intriguing and global. He has a great perspective on what′s coming next.”
    Kevin Maney, USAToday

    “Rowan Gibson is an excellent speaker. His speech really impressed our customers with his interesting insights about winning in the innovation economy. Undoubtedly he has contributed crucially to the success of our event. It has been a great pleasure to work with Rowan.”
    José María Palomares,
    Communication & Relational Marketing Manager,

    “Dear Rowan, it was such a pleasure to have you in Perú last week. The conference turned out great. I really hope we can work together in the near future. All the best!”
    Anne Bayly,
    Gerente General,
    Seminarium Peru

    “Enjoyed your presentation at the recent Fiskars Management Meeting!”
    Jason Landmark,
    Fiskars Outdoor – Americas

    “Rowan, thank you for your presentations during the Grupo Pellas Encounter in Cancun last week. They were a great help! They showed me that there is still a lot more to be done with regards to innovation. I am already creating the plan to set up the 4 Lens Teams, and when I am further along with it I hope to be able to ask you a couple of questions about some of the specifics of the methodology. I am already having my team read your book, and I am personally looking forward to your new one. Saludes!”
    Silvio Pellas Jr.,
    Chief Innovation Officer,
    Casa Pellas

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    Books by Rowan Gibson:

    Innovation to the Core: A Blueprint for Transforming the Way Your Company Innovates

    If you′re like most business leaders, innovation now tops your corporate agenda. But despite all the talk and excitement about the importance of innovation, managers have so far found scant help for innovating in a systematic way that fuels consistent growth and sustained success.

    In Innovation to the Core, Strategos CEO Peter Skarzynski and business strategist Rowan Gibson change all that. They share the accumulated wisdom from Strategos–the consulting firm Skarzynski co-founded with Gary Hamel that helps clients instill innovation into their very core. Drawing on a wealth of stories and examples, the book shows how companies of every stripe have overcome the barriers to successful, profitable innovation. You′ll find parts devoted to crucial topics–such as how to organize the discovery process, generate strategic insights, enlarge your innovation pipeline, and maximize your return on innovation. Frequent hands-on tools–frameworks, checklists, probing questions–help you put the book′s ideas into action.

    Crafted in close coordination with Gary Hamel–the man who Fortune magazine has called “the world′s leading expert on business strategy”–Innovation to the Core is the definitive fieldbook for making innovation a core competence in your organization.

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