His first book, Blindsided! is a #1 international bestseller, having hit the top spot on the Financial Times of London’s European Edition of Best Business Books. It has been published in 80 countries and has been named one of the best business books of the year by a number of organizations. Soundview Executive Summaries selected it as one of the best business books and send a summary to 80,000 executives worldwide.
Blindsided! examines why companies and industries are being blindsided, for example how Polaroid went bankrupt and Kodak was shaken by the rapid rise of digital photography or the music industry by digitized music downloading.
The book teaches business people how to identify early warning signs, how to put in place systems to prevent your organization from being blindsided and even how, once you have protected your organization, you can blindside your competition.
Praise for Blindsided:
“In the fast-paced global business environment, the possibility of being blindsided by a competitor or new market entrant is very real, even for businesses that appear most secure. Jim Harris offers real-life examples that will cause the reader to stop, think and question whether he or she is doing everything in his or her power to avoid being blindsided. A must-read for all senior executives.”
President & CEO, Factiva
A Dow Jones & Reuters Company
“Jim’s session was one of the most highly rated and I am certain that we will work with him in the future. What was particularly noteworthy was the accessibility and relevance of his material. Jim’s friendly, open style is critical in encouraging participants to take the material on board and shift their thinking.”
Centre for Management and Policy Studies
UK Cabinet Office
Jim Harris’ second book, The Learning Paradox, was nominated for the National Business Book Award and appeared on numerous bestseller lists. Books for Business ranked it as one of the top 10 business books in all of North America and there are now more than 40,000 copies in print.
The Learning Paradox argues that “job security” as we knew it is gone and that individual and organizational security is now based on learning, changing and coping with uncertainty.
Harris’ white paper for IBM in 2008 on Green IT details how IT organizations can significantly reduce energy use through virtualization. IBM will save a projected $450 million over five years by taking 3,900 distributed servers and virtualizing the applications onto just 33 servers, cutting electricity consumption by 80%. The white paper can be found here: ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/common/ssi/sa/wh/n/oiw03017usen/OIW03017USEN.PDF and a video of the finding highlights at
He also co-authored the national bestseller The 100 Best Companies to Work for in Canada, which sold more than 50,000 copies.
Harris writes for a number of publications including the Globe and Mail, Profit magazine and, as a columnist, with Backbone magazine, which is distributed with the Globe and Mail six times a year, providing business people with tools to enhance the way they do business in Canada’s New Economy.
He also maintains blogs on the websites of both the federal Green Party and the Ontario Green Party.