James Bannerman is a creative change agent who combines creativity with psychology to help businesses innovate. As an innovation consultant he has worked with many leading organisations such as Aston Martin, British Airways, Orange, Starbucks, Rolls-Royce, HSBC and Takeda, as well as at the National Space Centre on a mission to Mars.
After the success of Bannerman’s book ‘Genius’, his new book Business Genius! is now available, and is receiving much high praise – “If you have an idea and want to make it happen, this is book for you” (Ray Keane OBE, The Times), “Concentrated book of power” (Tony Buzan, the inventor of Mind Maps), among others. According to Bannerman, you can be a Business Genius, and the good news is that it isn’t that hard. In fact, Business Genius! makes it fun. Inside this book are the secrets to more inner genius at work.
His previous book GENIUS! sets out to increase the number of genius moments in your life and gives simple ways to become instantly smarter. It held the No.5 slot in the WH Smiths ‘non-fiction’ chart throughout the London Olympics 2012 and beyond. It is currently an Amazon Kindle bestseller.
James Bannerman lectures on business innovation, creativity, and enterprise on the MBA programmes at Warwick Business School, Grenoble Ecole de Management, and Oxford Brookes University, where he is currently undertaking a PhD on the impact of lateral thinking upon organisational performance.
Before working with businesses Bannerman was a platinum-selling songwriter, a freelance cartoonist in publications such as Punch, is trained in clinical psychotherapy, and has a masters degree from Edinburgh University in English Literature.
James Bannerman regularly speaks and facilitates at conferences and events around the world. His speeches add a ‘creative edge’ and are entertaining, interactive, thought-invoking, inspirational, pertinent and innovative, both in terms of style and delivery.
“Challenges presented to the rail industry are traditionally resolved by it applying its engineering and operational excellence. Some however require a far more nuanced approach and the mind of an agile thinker that can offer solutions grounded in reality and pragmatism. James has been able to provide both to the rail industry and its stakeholders, such as the Department of Transport, when it has come to the wickedly complex problem of suicide on Great Britain's Railway.”
Ian Stevens M.B.E., Programme Manager, Suicide Prevention, Network Rail
“James’s session [on Genius Thinking] yesterday was truly inspiring, engaging and definitely left out brains buzzing by the end of the morning. It was a pleasure having him contribute to our away day and we would be grateful if you could pass on how thankful we are that the morning ran so perfectly.”
Andrew Tanner, Design Manager for Sainsbury’s Home and Argos Home
"Having known and worked with James for 20 years I was under no doubt that he would provide inspirational, impactful and meaningful learning for my staff in the creativity and innovation space, in both London and across Europe."
Charlie Walters, Business Partner (L&D), Schroders
“Your presentation on creativity was extremely valuable. The input from outside and the views from other companies (and products) sparked a lot of thinking. It helped create insight and created the credibility that was necessary for our team of "traditional" thinkers to step outside their normal moder of operation [...] There was a great dynamic created from your input!”
Hannes Danzer, CEO of Danzer
"The success of any event which brings together leading businesses is in no small part down to its facilitator. This was evidenced at the recent Beacon South West event, where James Bannerman’s warm and charismatic style of presentation engaged over 50 directors of leading South West businesses in a creative brainstorming programme which delivered over 50 new ideas to ‘grow your business."
Mark Hawkins, MD, Two Four
"Marvellous session. It was absolutely fascinating. Thank you James."
Sharon Ward-McNab, BBC TV Training Course Producer
"This workshop has far exceeded my expectations, in providing creative thinking tools to my team to generate new ideas to really Up Our Services!"
Chan Yim Leng, VP (Consumer Products) SingTel
"You hit the spot with the crowd. The feedback is still coming in, and it is very positive."
Flight Lieutenant Matt Kirk, RAF
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