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Leading Innovation

May 24th

Featuring: Michael Brady, PhD

Leadership Academy Pillar: PROFESSIONAL or COLLABORATIVE

Innovation is essential to leadership practice and success in business.  However, as a concept in popular culture, it can be oversimplified and ill-defined.  Dr. Michael Brady will explain innovation as practiced during an illustrious career with two companies who are well known leaders in innovation, 3M and Corning.

Innovation was defined and contrasted with “invention”.  Various types of innovation such as materials, products, processes and management practices with examples from projects and programs from Brady’s career were highlighted, including: Post-It Notes®, MatchPrints® color proofing films, Scotch Adhesive Tape ®, Corning Cellular Ceramics.  Discussion helped demarcate how an innovation to one person may be an invention to another, such as a patent attorney.

Brady earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at Iowa State University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University. His professional career has spanned nearly five decades, first with 3M and later with Corning (he maintains an official consulting role there today).  Brady has lived and worked abroad, holds 4 U.S. Patents--24 total Patents worldwide, and numerous publications and presentations.    

 

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