Igniting Innovation: Tips, Sparks and Ideas for Acting on Innovation

We are the Innovation Team at Eureka! Ranch

Posted by Corie Roudebush Spialek on Jul 7, 2015 4:37:00 PM

Welcome to No Guru Needed - Anyone can Lead Innovation!

We are the team behind the Eureka! Ranch and the Innovation Engineering Institute.  If you aren't already familiar with us we are in the business of innovating and have been for almost 30 years.

To be completely honest our company started out in the guru business -- people would come to Newtown, Ohio so, that our founder & CEO, Doug Hall could bestow upon them the "Big Idea," the one that would change everything.  All different media outlets interviewed him and did stories on him the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Dateline and Inc. Magazine even named the Eureka! Ranch one of America’s top Innovation Teams.

Our mission today is different... 

As we approach our 30 year anniversary and look forward to the next 30 years, we think the days of the guru are ending (and shouldn't an innovation company always be innovating?). Innovation is not about hiring an expert to create the Eureka! idea that saves the organization, but rather about enabling your own employees to create a pipeline of Eureka! innovations that sustains or reinvents the organization.

Today, we teach you and your organization just how Doug created those "Big Ideas." We teach people a system for innovation called Innovation Engineering.  Innovation Engineering is a curriculum, a tool set, and a mindset that enables innovation by everyone, everywhere, every day resulting in increased speed to market and decreased risk.

Our team is diverse in mindset all bringing a unique set of skills to innovation each of us will use this blog to share our experiences with innovation and share our learnings with all of you -- we hope you walk away with some useful tools.


MaggieNichols Maggie Nichols is our leader today she is President & COO of Eureka! Ranch not only leading us, but coaching and helping C-Level executives across the world guide their employees and teams through innovation.

CorieSpialek Corie Spialek is the Operations Director working with Doug and Maggie for over 12 years she brings a unique office system perspective to innovation events.

_MG_3608 Maggie Pfeifer is the Director of Education, fearlessly leading and teaching 1,000s of students around the world the best practices for innovation and applying systems thinking to their lives and organizations.

_MG_3577 David Lafkas is our legal eagle or more traditionally our patent and trademark authority not only serving as in house cousel at the Eureka! Ranch and the Innovation Institute, but also evangelizing on the importance of patents in today's world of innovation and staying ahead of your competition.

_MG_3547 Scott Dunkle is the Tech Guy the leader of all things digital creating an innovation platform like no other in the world.

GregLemmon1 Greg Lemmon the self titled, Data Nerd, he brings the numbers -- arguably the most important part of innovation.  He spends his day tracking innovation ROI.

LydiaCarsonInnovation As an engineer by education, Lydia Carson, loves nothing more then a good system.  She is an expert at applying systems for innovation inside any organization, but her true love is working with non-consumer goods companies the more technical the better.

JesseBechtoldInnovation Jesse Bechotld has held the title of CEO, CFO, CAO and more during his many years (he won't tell how many) in the workforce.  Today he leads Eureka! Ranch's Innovation Engineering Network, LLC a world wide network of professionals committed to changing the world through innovation. Although, he is a CPA you'll never be bored.

Why Blog? Spread the Word 

We have good news and we want to share it. We want people to know that there is a better way and that innovation doesn't have to scary or hard. It is possible to enable your employees. You don’t need a guru - nor do you need to be a guru. You can lead innovation. As Dr Deming famously said “How could they know?”
How can we expect leaders to know that there is even a system to learn. They can’t learn if they don’t know it exists. Our intention is educate you about a system for innovation.

Heads Ups! Future Topics.

Leading Innovation. That's it. That's our focus. We will sometimes be talking big picture and sometimes we’ll be in the weeds, but every topic will be about leading and doing innovation every day.

Don’t make this a one sided conversation.

When in doubt comment. We want to know your thoughts, concerns and questions. Have an idea for a post or a topic you want our opinions on? Just let us know. We’ll try and keep the rants to a minimum. ;)

Share our post. If you found it useful, someone else will too, so share the knowledge and help grow the community.

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Topics: innovation, Leading Innovation, Innovation Systems, Innovation Culture

Corie Roudebush Spialek

Written by Corie Roudebush Spialek

Corie is the Director of Operations at Eureka! Ranch. She has a superlative attention to detail, yet sees the big picture. She is vigilant at doing the right things – even if they are not the easy thing to do. She’s efficient, persistent, dedicated, and unflinchingly committed to the Ranch and her clients. During her over 14 years with the Ranch she has helped push teams from a diverse group of companies like Jim Beam, Tyson Foods, Walmart, General Mills, Infantino, Public Radio International, National Wildlife Federation, and The Student Conservation Association to new places in their approach to innovation. Corie is a DePauw University graduate who gets the job done with grace and good humor. She and her husband Ed live in Cincinnati, Ohio with their son and twin girls. She is a DePauw University graduate who spends her free time at the pool or on the lake with her husband and three kids.

Welcome to the first blog from the Eureka! Ranch and Innovation Engineering Institute team.  Here you will find a diverse group of innovators dedicated to changing the world by transforming innovation from a random gamble to a reliable system that delivers increased innovation speed and decreased risk.


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