Jacob is an Author, Speaker, and futurist. His latest book, The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization, was released by Wiley on Sept 2, 2014 and was endorsed by business leaders such as the CEO of SAP, Global Chairman of KPMG, CEO of Schneider Electric, CEO of Zappos, CEO of Whirlpool, CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, CEO of PARC, CEO of Intuit, Dan Pink, Gary Hamel, and others. His previous book for McGraw Hill, The Collaborative Organization was released in June of 2011 and became an Amazon best-seller which was endorsed by the CIO of the USA, CEO of Unisys, founder of Craigslist, CMO of Dell, CEO of TELUS and many others.
Jacob also co-founded the Future Of Work Community which is a brand council of the world’s most forward thinking organizations who come together to explore the future of work. He has consulted, advised, and spoken at many organizations including Sodexo, Safeway, Cisco, SAP, Franklin Templeton Investments, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Microsoft and others. He was also recently a judge for Gary Hamel’s Management Innovation Exchange and has been named by SAP as one of the top influencers on Human Potential. Jacob has been featured in media outlets such as the WSJ, USA Today, Inc Magazine, CNN, Fast Company, and others.
Jacob also hosts the popular Future of Work Podcast where he interviews business leaders, executives, and authors in addition to his bi-weekly Youtube video series. He is also working on a new show all about the future of work. He has a popular column for Forbes where he writes about the future of work.
Jacob Morgan is an author, futurist, and highly sought after keynote speaker. Jacob is frequently asked to speak at conferences and client events around the world on themes related to the future of work.
Jacob is a millennial who speaks with and works with some of the world’s largest and most recognized companies such as Sodexo, Franklin Templeton Investments, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Lenovo, Safeway, Cisco, and many others. His books have been endorsed by some of the world’s top business leaders including Gary Hamel, the CEO of SAP, CEO of Whirlpool, CEO of Schneider Electric, CEO of Intuit, CEO of Unisys, Global Chairman of KPMG, and many others. Being a millennial allows Jacob to bring in a unique perspective to his speaking and client engagements which is not bogged down by a legacy mentality. As a result he brings fresh ideas, unique content, and an educational and entertaining speaking style to all of his events.
Jacob runs The Future of Work Community, a brand council of around 50 global brands from around the world who come together to explore the future of work. This mean Jacob is constantly getting the latest ideas, insights, and feedback from the world’s leading companies who are actually driving change. Jacob also personally interviews top executives and business leaders every week on his Future of Work Podcast. As a result, he is able to bring the latest ideas and strategies into his keynote talks around the world.
The list below include some of the more common themes I am asked to speak on but they are by not means the only themes I speak on. I have also done plenty of more niche keynotes around specific industries, companies, and geographies. If you have an idea for a session that isn’t listed below then please contact me and we can explore it.
The Five Trends Shaping the Future of Work– In this session Jacob explores the impact that globalization, new behaviors, mobility, millennials, and technology are having on what the future of work is going to look like. Attendees will get a great overview of why and how organizations must adapt to these five trends and how these five trends are changing the way we work, lead, and structure our organizations.
The Internet of Things– In the next few years it’s estimated that we will see anywhere from tens to hundreds of billions of connected devices in the world. These include everything from cars and toothbrushes to wearable devices and appliances. But what does the internet of things actually means for consumers and organizations? What should organizations be thinking about and what will this new type of a connected world look like? This keynote session provides an intriguing look at the impact that the internet of things is going to have o our world.
Innovation Ecosystems and the 5 Types of Innovation– Innovation used to be something that was done behind closed doors by a small group of people within a company. In this session Jacob explores how innovation has changed and looks at the 5 types of innovation models that companies should practice today (employee, customer, partner/supplier, public, & competitor), and how this forms the new innovation ecosystem. The session is full of stories and examples and takes a look at how the world of innovation is evolving.
The Robots are Coming!– A keynote session which looks at the world of robots and automation and the potential impact that this might have on the workforce. There is much debate and conversation going on around robots taking jobs away from humans and what the jobs of the future might look like; all of these things are explored along with a look at some of the fascinating new technologies which are making their way into organizations.
Millennials in the Workplace– This new demographic is projected to comprise around 50% of the workplace by 2020 and 75% of the workplace by 2025. This is a generation that doesn’t know what its like to get 200 emails a day, sit in a cubicle, or access legacy technology solutions to find people and information. Millennials have a new attitude about work and new approaches and expectations to how work should be done. In this keynote Jacob will explore how millennials are impacting organizations around the world and what these organizations need to do to adapt and attract this new workforce.
Women in Leadership– Jacob has a whole section in his new book devoted to exploring why we need more women in leadership positions. This session explores the state of women in leadership, why we don’t have more in senior level roles, and what can be done to help improve the situation, and most importantly, WHY we need to make this a priority for our organizations.
The Future Manager– This session explores the role of management is changing and what the key tenets of the future manager are. Essentially it answers the question, what will the future manager look like and how will they help run organizations of the future? The session also provides a brief historic look at management as well as action items.
The Future Employee– An exploration of what the future employee looks like and how they will expect to work. The session focuses on the key tenets of the future employee, new crucial behaviors the future employee must possess, and how the overall employee landscape is dramatically changing.
The Future Organization– This keynote explores why many organizations today may be in trouble going forward and what they can do about it. The reality is that organizations today need talent much more than good talent needs organizations. The session focuses on what organizations of the future are going to look like and what they need to do to stay competitive in the new work landscape.
The Freelancer Economy– A session exploring how the rise of freelancers are impacting and affecting the future of work. Topics such as the fight for talent, benefits of freelancing, an overview of the freelancer economy, and the choices that college students and employees need to make, are all explored in this session. With the majority of the U.S. workforce predicted to be freelancing by 2020, this is clearly an impactful trend.
The Managerless Organization– Do we need managers? What are the benefits of managers? What will happen if we get rid of managers and are organizations out there actually doing this? All of these topics and more are explored in this session which look at how successful organizations are operating in a world where there are no managers, no hierarchies, and nobody tells you what to do.
The 5 Types of Organizational Structures– Since the beginning of business most people have become familiar with one type of organizational structure, the hierarchy. However today, forward thinking and progressive organizations around the world are experimenting with new ways to structure themselves. In this session Jacob will explore why hierarchy is fading away and what it’s being replaced by. The session is filled with plenty of examples and stories of what companies around the world are doing.
Wearables in the Workplace– Many of us are already familiar with devices such as the Fitbit, Google Glass, or the Nike Fuel Band. All of these are popular “wearables” that consumers use on a daily basis. However, wearable devices are starting to make their way into the workplace and millions of these devices are projected to be inside of our organizations in just a few years. But what’s the impact of wearables in the workplace? Are they a good idea? What direction are we headed in with wearables and what should organizations be thinking about? This keynote sessions explores all of those things and much more!
The 12 Habits of Highly Collaborative Organizations– This keynote looks at the 12 common variables that successful organizations focus on when it comes to collaboration in the workplace. Each variable is illustrated with an example of a company that is “doing it.” Attendees walk away with clear next steps that they can implement at their organization. This keynote makes sense for organizations that are thinking about or are already deploying some sort of collaboration platforms.
Engagement isn’t Just a Buzzword– 87% of employees around the world not engaged and many companies around the world say they care about this yet do very little about it oftentimes just “checking off the right boxes” to say they tried. In this keynote session Jacob will explore the factors that contribute to employee disengagement and provide attendees with the tools and strategies they need to fix this problem. This is a great inspirational and motivational session to get your employees excited and energized about your company!
The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization (Wiley, Sept. 2014)
The Collaborative Organization: A Strategic Guide to Solving Your Internal Business Challenges Using Emerging Social and Collaborative Tools (McGraw Hil, 2012)
“Jacob Morgan is attuned to what companies need to do to attract and retain the next generation of workers. He understands what works, what doesn’t, and has a beat on the next wave on insights regarding the future of work. He is a very engaging and impactful speaker and moderator. I highly recommend him”
Jeff Winter, VP of Field Marketing, SAP
“When it comes to the future of work, Jacob is both extremely passionate and knowledgeable about the subject. He also has an interesting spin on the kinds of things that can be done to engage and stimulate creative thought in the workplace. I participated in a session he ran and found it to be engaging and informative. I highly recommend Jacob as a speaker!”
Nolan Bushnell, Founder, Atari