George E. L. Barbee is one of the original Batten Fellow faculty members (along with Jim Collins, Malcom Gladwell and Jim Gilmore) at top ranked University of Virginia Darden School of Business, and has been teaching innovation for the past 15 years to over 500 MBA students and senior executives. George Barbee’s 45 year business career has taken him to over 40 different countries over four continents. He has founded three successful entrepreneurial companies and has led innovation with several Fortune 100 companies including Gillette, General Electric, PepsiCo, IBM and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
Barbee received Darden's highest alumni honor, the Charles C. Abbott Award in 2000, and has been recognized in "Who's Who in the World" as a global business leader. He has written and originated numerous articles, and has appeared multiple times on NBC's Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America, PBS and CNN. He has also been quoted widely in The Wall Street Journal and New York Times throughout his career.
Barbee and his wife, Molly, travel extensively and live on Captiva Island, Florida during the winter months, and in beautiful Leland, Michigan, during the summer. Their four sons have all lived in foreign countries and are now scattered across the U.S. from Atlanta, to D.C., to Montana.
You can find George at www.innovationnuggets.com and on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn
Thomas O'Neill, former Chairman of PriceWaterhouseCoopers(PwC) Consulting and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of all PwC Global Services; senior Director on Boards of several Fortune 500 public and smaller companies; industry expertise in financial services, consumer products, retail, education, professional services, and other businesses, says of Barbee's new book:
"Barbee meaningfully broadens the understanding of innovation so it is within our grasp. There are very practical, relevant and real nuggets of advice in this book. What the reader will realize is that this is how Barbee practiced his profession in business. I know because I worked with him at PriceWaterhouseCoopers(PwC). I am still learning from his practice of always putting his clients at the center of every project. In my opinion, these nuggets are as useful for Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller start up companies."
Tom Knowlton, former President of Kellogg North America and Executive Vice
President of the Kellogg Company, former Dean of Faculty of Business and Dean Emeritus, Ryerson University, Toronto claims:
"This book has many innovation nuggets that resonate with me over and over. Innovation must be at the core of any institution that wants to grow. This book should be required reading for any organization where that is the objective! Innovation can indeed be taught and that journey will be enhanced by not only absorbing these insights and practical experiences but also enjoying them in the fashion they are written."