I'm a lead innovation consultant for OVO, and have been working in the innovation space for close to ten years. I'm particularly interested in helping large organizations create a repeatable innovation capability - what we call an innovation discipline. I've helped organizations identify trends and build trend spotting and competitive intelligence systems, synthesize trends and determine what the trends may mean for future business by building scenarios. I've led face to face and distributed brainstorms following some of the best practices we've aggregated over the years, many from the Creative Problem Solving institute.
I've helped define innovation processes and teams and worked with firms to change their corporate cultures to embrace innovation and include an innovation component in evaluation and compensation. Further, as open innovation has become more and more important, I've helped firms create strategies for working with partners and customers to speed innovation.
Prior to working as an innovation consultant, I have led sales and marketing efforts for several consulting and high tech software firms. I have an MBA in marketing from the University of Texas and a BS in Engineering from the University of Virginia.
In my spare time (who are we kidding?) I watch my kids participate in competitive soccer, cross country and swimming. The good thing about this is that since I grew up playing baseball and football, there's really little I can do on the sidelines except encourage them.
I write an ongoing newsletter on innovation topics for OVO and I also write two blogs - Innovate on Purpose about innovation and Thinking Faster, which is about managing in the modern workforce.