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About George E. L. Barbee
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."
63 Innovation Nuggets (for aspiring innovators) are derived from the real life, practical experiences of George E. L. Barbee's corporate world experience—45 years, across 40 countries. He’s has successful entrepreneurial experiences (founded 3 companies) and has lead innovation with Fortune 100 companies like Gillette, General Electric, PepsiCo, IBM, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Barbee broadens the concept of innovation from the historically narrow view around new products emanating just from R&D. Instead, today’s innovation emanates from a diverse array of individuals across a wide range of functional areas including finance, technology, manufacturing, marketing, engineering, and sales. His innovative global leadership is wide ranging across consumer products, entrepreneurial financial services, and global professional services.
Barbee’s experience convinces him that most of us have an innovative spark that can be ignited. Being innovative is personally rewarding and can add great value to any organization. Innovation is all around us, and using these nuggets can help improve observation skills, transfer skills, and many others.
The analogy to panning for gold nuggets is intriguing. Pioneering prospectors would sort through and collect individual pieces. At first each individual nugget may appear to have minimal value, but the total collection takes on the greatest wealth.