Carrie Stithem
Center for Rural Research and Development assistant director, 308.865.8199

Entrepreneurship, leadership and change will be the focus of the J.A. Baldwin Free Enterprise Lecture Series presentation Tuesday, April 19, at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Jim Harris, a number one international best selling author, will speak at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, in Copeland Hall, Room 142. His presentation is free and open to the public.

Harris is described as a business strategist, a futurist and “…one of North America’s foremost management consultants, authors and thinkers on change and leadership.” “Association” magazine ranks him as one of the nation’s top 10 speakers. Through his books–“Blindsided” and “The Learning Paradox”–Harris explores why companies and industries are being blindsided by new technology and market services.

In “Blindsided!,” Harris notes: “The United States and the world were ‘blindsided’ by the recent economic crash. The multi-billion dollar music industry was decimated in just over a year by an 18-year-old’s computer program. How do these things happen?! How can you spot the next breakthrough that will change your business forever–before it happens?”

The book is published in 80 countries worldwide. Soundview Executive Summaries has selected it as one of the best business books, sending a summary to 80,000 executives worldwide.

“The Learning Paradox,” Harris’ second book, was nominated for the National Business Book Award and has appeared on numerous bestseller lists. Books for Business ranked it as one of the top 10 business books in North America. There are now more than 40,000 copies in print. In “The Learning Paradox,” Harris writes: “…job security as we knew it is gone. Individual and organizational security is now based on learning, changing and coping with uncertainty. Paradoxically, these are what we as adults fear most.!”

In addition to “Blindsided” and “The Learning Paradox,” Harris has co-authored the national bestseller “The 100 Best Companies to Work for in Canada.” The book has sold 50,000 copies. In 2012, he has two more books that will be released–“A Crisis is a Terrible Thing to Waste” and “Green Means Green.”

Harris is being brought to the campus through the UNK Center for Rural Research and Development in the College of Business and Technology. For more information, contact Carrie Stithem, office associate for the Center for Rural Research and Development, 308.865.8199.