For over three decades, Rod Collins has been a catalyst for positive change in building highly collaborative and innovative organizations from the ground up. A leading expert and thought leader on the future of business transformation, Rod’s speeches inspire through their use of storytelling and leading-edge ideas.
Rod keeps a pulse on the developments and shifts in technology to help industry leaders understand how technological innovations will reshape their product models and to use this knowledge to not only improve their current operations but, more importantly, to be leaders rather than victims of digital transformation.
In his dual capacity as the Director of Innovation for Optimity Advisors, a national business innovation consultancy and the Chief Facilitator at Salt Flats, a Chicago-based Innovation House that connects entrepreneurs, startups and corporations, Rod works with forward-thinking business leaders to accelerate the development of new business and product models that set the pace in rapidly changing markets.
With extensive experience in management, sustained financial success and market growth, Rod has questioned the way organizations operate throughout his tenure, driving companies and their people to the understand the why and the how. Under his leadership as the Chief Operating Executive of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program, one of the nation's largest and most successful business alliances, the company experienced its greatest five-year growth period in its 60 year history.
Rod holds a master’s degree in business management from George Washington University and has earned the certificate in the foundations of design thinking from IDEO. He is a highly skilled facilitator and the creator of the Collective Intelligence Workshop, an innovative interactive forum that gathers a diverse group of 30 – 50 participants from all levels and all areas within an organization to think holistically about new and different ways to achieve better results, solve critical business issues, or identify new strategic opportunities. The workshop is a cutting-edge tool for tapping into the extraordinary power of an organization’s collective intelligence to rapidly discover the business insights necessary for solving a company’s most pressing problems.
Much in demand for his insights on the next wave of the digital revolution, Rod has appeared before thousands of people around the world. His keynote talks on how emerging technologies such as blockchain, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence will dramatically transform business, product, and operating models have captivated people from a wide range of companies including IBM, Hitachi, Oracle, Pfizer, Virtual Instruments, the World Health Organization, Comcast, CDW, Info-Tech, CHG Healthcare Services, Datalink, Rio Tinto, Salesforce, Simplivity, Sitecore, Xcentium, and One World Labs.
As an author, Rod is continuously focused on pushing businesses to rethink the way they work, collaborate and remain competitive in today’s marketplace. He is a regular contributor to Management-Issues.com where he writes about how the technology revolution is transforming the business of business, as well as an award winning author on management innovation. His books include Wiki Management, which highlights the innovative tools and practices of a revolutionary new management model, and Leadership in a Wiki World, which illustrates how leaders can leverage the power of collective intelligence to sustain extraordinary performance in rapidly changing markets.
Rod’s most recent research centers around how the exponential growth of the Internet of Things, developments in blockchain technology, and advances in artificial intelligence will merge together into an integrated network that will become the platform for a human-machine symbiosis that enables an extraordinary leap in human intelligence and the transformation of all human institutions.
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