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19 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Frans Johansson. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Frans Johansson, often where they are interviewed.

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19 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Frans Johansson. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Frans Johansson, often where they are interviewed.

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Innovating, Medici style with Frans Johansson

OutsideVoices with Mark Bidwell
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In this episode, we are joined by author, speaker, and entrepreneur, Frans Johansson. Frans is the author of the bestselling book, The Medici Effect, from which the now popular term was coined, and more recently, The Click Moment. Frans is the Founder and CEO of The Medici Group, a consultancy firm which promotes innovation through diversity.

What Was Covered

  • The Medici Effect, the name given to what happened in a period in Florence history where creative individuals from myriad disciplines, sculptors, architects, painters, philosophers, etc., were able to break down the boundaries between the different disciplines and cultures and ignite what became one of the most creative eras in Europe's history and the lessons it has for today’s world of business
  • How the instinct to surround yourself with people like yourself creates barriers to innovation
  • How organizations typically do not properly capitalize on the valuable resource that new hires bring – a critical period where new concepts and ideas can be introduced
  • How to introduce diversity at executive level by overcoming the fear of the unpredictability of innovation
Key Takeaways and Learning
  • How diversity drives innovation through different perspectives that build upon each other to break new ground
  • The concept of “Intersectional hunting” - to actively look for a field or a discipline or a person or a culture that doesn't necessarily make immediate sense and then through that make a connection, then using this to tackle the issue, opportunity, challenge that you have at hand in a new way
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May 01 2020



Frans Johansson on Why Diversity Drives Innovation

Famous Failures
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An entrepreneur, creative thinker, and acclaimed international speaker, Frans Johansson has lived all his life at the intersection. He has started a health-care business, a software company, a hedge fund, and an innovation firm. Frans is the author of The Medici Effect and The Click Moment, and is the founder and CEO of The Medici Group. 

Reach out and connect with Frans on LinkedIn or Twitter. To learn more about his company The Medici Group, visit their website at

In this episode Frans and I discuss:

  • How his early life experiences influenced the work that Frans does today
  • How Frans accidentally ended up attending Harvard Business School
  • The ten-second vision that shaped Frans’s ideas on diversity and innovation
  • Why diversity in the workplace doesn’t work without inclusion
  • How to help diverse teams become more innovative
  • Why Frans thinks that failure and success go hand in hand
  • How people can take away positive lessons from failure
  • What Frans learned from his failed tech start-up

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Jan 28 2020



Ep. 125: Frans Johansson - How Diversity Drives Innovation

The All Things Risk Podcast
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This one is a conversation about innovation, diversity, and of course, uncertainty. Our guest is Frans Johansson, one of the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners around innovation. Frans’ mission is to prepare individuals and organisations to prepare for the future. Frans is the author of the best-selling book on innovation The Medici Effect, the ideas of which led to Frans founding The Medici Group, a consulting firm that operates where diversity and innovation meet. Frans is also the CEO of the Medici Group.

Frans is all about how diversity drives innovation. This means diversity of culture, of experiences, of opinions, and how to apply these things outside of one’s framework. According to Frans, this is the key to navigating uncertainty and having success. Frans’ own background reflects this. He's the son of a Swedish father and African-American mother. He grew up in Sweden but went to university in the USA.

This is an awesome conversation that covers:

  • Innovation, with, among other things, reference to:
    • Picasso
    • Angry Birds
    • Formula 1
  • How to innovate and test ideas
  • Failure and risk
  • Gut instinct versus rationality
  • Contrarian views
  • Frans’ own approach to decision-making under uncertainty
  • Lots more!

Show notes

Frans’ website

Frans on Twitter

Frans on LinkedIn

Frans on Facebook

The Medici Effect

The Click Moment

The Medici Group

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

The Count of Monte Cristo

Range by David Epstein

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Jan 20 2020

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How to Identify Opportunities - Frans Johansson

EnFactor Podcast
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Frans delves into the motivation and insights behind his groundbreaking book, "The Medici Effect" and provides some solid advice to aspiring entrepreneurs on identifying opportunities, dealing with failure and breaking free from limiting mental associations. 

Nov 01 2019



Frans Johansson: Randomness of Success | Steve Hargadon | Jul 23 2013

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Frans Johansson: Randomness of Success | Steve Hargadon | Jul 23 2013 by Steve Hargadon

Aug 20 2019

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Episode 17 - Frans Johansson - The Medici Effect

Looking For AND
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Have you ever wondered creativity really comes from? Frans Johansson, author of The Medici Effect - What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation and CEO of The Medici Group asked the same question and his hunch was right! Creativity most often occurs at the "intersection." This could be two scientific fields, two business disciplines or simply two, diverse people. In this episode, Frans helps us understand why diversity is not just a buzzword, what role humility plays in innovation and what criteria we should use to judge new ideas.

Mar 27 2019



Exploring The Unexpected with Frans Johansson

The Coca-Cola CMO Leadership Summit Podcast
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Does your strategy reflect the new normal? We live in unpredictable times where the rules are changing and the formulas for success are disintegrating. The only constant is change and it requires a new level of leadership that is able to anticipate these changes and mobilize teams to capture new opportunity. In this talk, bestselling author and thought leader Frans Johansson shows organizations how to innovate, grow, and create a self-sustaining culture that can withstand even the most volatile conditions. His approach redefines unpredictability as opportunity, diversity as profit, and execution as strategy.

Mar 22 2019



#17 - Frans Johansson On Seizing Opportunity In An Unpredictable World

Motivated Life with Ravi Raman
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Frans Johansson joins me on this episode of the Motivated Life podcast. Frans is a thought leader in the realms of innovation and diversity, a captivating keynote speaker and founder of The Medici Group, a consulting firm that helps organization harness the power of diversity-driven innovation. His two books, The Medici Effect and The Click Moment are groundbreaking in their profound yet straightforward messages about how to ride the powerful waves of randomness and serendipity while unlocking innovative potential.

This conversation is super relevant to anyone who is looking to innovate or disrupt when it comes to business evolution, career navigation or lifestyle design. The principles we dive into fly in the face of the conventional wisdom about what it takes to build a something remarkable in the world. You’ll find the ideas provocative, fascinating and immediately useful.

Listen to this episode where we cover:

* The limits of hard work and “10,000-hour rule” based thinking.* How the human brain reacts to luck, randomness, and serendipity.* Why we should all learn to spot and take advantage of “Click Moments.”* The chance encounter that propelled Microsoft to success in the 1990s.* Pfizer’s serendipitous moment of insight, leading to a blockbuster drug.* What we all can do to seize opportunities in an unpredictable world.…and much more!

Connect with Frans at his website

Jan 07 2019



Episode 2: Why Great Speakers Are The Ones Who Can Be Themselves - Frans Johansson

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On today’s show we welcome Frans Johansson, author of The Medici Effect and The Click Moment, thought leader, and CEO of the Medici Group.

Aug 07 2018



Navigating A New Normal with Frans Johansson

The Coca-Cola CMO Leadership Summit Podcast
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On June 12, 2014, Elon Musk decided to take all this patents for the Tesla and opened them up to the world. On January 24th, 2017, Amazon did something quite unexpected by being nominated for best picture. On February 24th, 2011, Airbnb got their first one-millionth visitor or guest, and almost twelve months later, they had their ten-millionth. What drives this type of growth and is this something that we have to expect going into the future? Author and keynote speaker Frans Johansson explores the answers to these questions in order to understand what it is that this new normal is driving towards.

Aug 01 2018