Rowan Gibson

Rowan Gibson is a global business strategist, a bestselling author and an expert on radical innovation. His last book Rethinking The Future (Nicholas Brealey Publishing) is an international best-seller, published in over 20 languages, which has sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide.

Over the last two decades, Gibson'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 industries by recalibrating their whole organizational system around the paradigm of innovation.

Gibson is a popular keynote speaker with an upbeat presentation style. His big-picture insights, compelling observations and fresh business thinking have impressed a wide range of audiences in countless countries. He mixes insight, inspiration and information in a way that always leaves an audience feeling energized.

Gibson's books, articles, interviews and columns have been widely read around the globe. He has been interviewed extensively on television and radio, as well as in the international press. He has also appeared in several business documentaries.

Gibson’s new book Innovation to the Core has been published in March 2008 by Harvard Business School Press. Co-authored with Peter Skarzynski (CEO of Strategos, the consulting firm founded by renowned strategy guru Gary Hamel). The book explains how to build and sustain a company-wide innovation capability.

It never ceases to amaze me. I’m meeting with the executive committee of a major global company. I’ve just asked if innovation is one of their top strategic priorities. Their unanimous answer is "yes." I then ask about their individual responsibilities. "Which one of you is the CFO?" "Who is head of HR?" "Where’s the CIO?" One by...Full Article »
The first modern hospitals were founded in Europe and America in the 18th century. About a hundred years later, both the pharmaceutical industry and the health insurance industry began to emerge. So it’s safe to say that, in much of the developed world, the healthcare business has been around for about two or three centuries. And, over time...Full Article »
It happened a few months ago, when I was meeting with some top people from one of the world’s leading consumer goods manufacturers. This is a company where you’d expect innovation to have been honed down to a fine art because there are a slew of successful innovations it has launched over the course of its long, proud history. But...Full Article »
Whoa! This is the big one! Most of us have weathered economic storms before, but nobody has ever seen anything like this. Forget the Asian financial meltdown of 1997, the dot-com implosion of 2000-2001, the blistering financial scandals of 2002 (a la Enron, WorldCom, et al) and the three-year, post 9/11 global recession that finally abated in 2003...Full Article »
How Lack of Innovation Led to Detroit's Dismal Decline and Fall In March 2008, British Airways discontinued its decades-old daily service between London Heathrow and Detroit. Not exactly world-shattering news, you might think. But BA’s decision was quite significant. They made it because passenger numbers had dwindled so...Full Article »
There are three ways to react to an economic crisis. One way is to bury your head in the sand and hope the whole thing just blows over (good luck!). Another way is to run around in a panic-induced, cost-cutting frenzy that could seriously impair your company’s long-term growth potential. The third and, of course, smartest way is to recognize...Full Article »