Larry Keeley is an innovation strategist who has worked for over four decades to develop more effective innovation methods. Larry is President and co-founder of Doblin Inc, an innovation strategy firm best known for the Ten Types of Innovation framework.
Since 1979 Keeley has worked with many global companies on innovation effectiveness, among them American Express, Apple, Boeing, Coca-Cola, Ford, Gillette, GE, Hallmark, Mars, Mayo Clinic, McDonald's, Novartis, P&G, Pfizer, Rockefeller Foundation, SAS, Shell, Sony, Target, Whirlpool, and Zurich Financial Services.
BusinessWeek named Keeley one of seven Innovation Gurus that are changing the field, and specifically cited Doblin for having many of the most sophisticated tools for delivering innovation effectiveness. They also separately selected Keeley as one of the 27 most influential designers in the world. Keeley teaches graduate innovation strategy classes at the Institute of Design in Chicago, the first design school in the U.S. with a Ph.D. program, where he is also a board member. He lectures in executive education programs at Kellogg Graduate School of Management and is an adjunct faculty member for their core MBA and their Masters of Manufacturing Management programs. He also lectures at University of Chicago, plus business schools worldwide.
I enjoyed tapping into Larry’s incredibly vast reserves of knowledge gained from over four decades in the space of design and innovation. In a corporate innovation landscape that is absolutely awash with charlatans, it’s always refreshing to speak with a critical thinker like Larry who appreciates that ideas are just a tiny part of the battle and that it’s the execution that matters.
Expect to take many things away from this conversation, including:
1 - What large companies can do to balance the core business with the exploration of emerging business
2 - Why the focus on building a culture of innovation is misguided and what companies should be doing instead
3 - Three things one must do to become a successful innovator
You’ll learn this and more in my thought provoking conversation with the one and only, Larry Keeley.
Doblin Consulting: Doblin.com
Buy the book - Ten Types of Innovation: https://amzn.to/2MpxKYT
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