Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2016

by Innovation Excellence

Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2016After a week of torrid voting and much passionate support, along with a lot of gut-wrenching consideration and jostling during the judging round, I am proud to announce your Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2016:

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    1. Robert F Brands
      robert-brandsRobert Brands was the founder of InnovationCoach.com, and the author of Robert’s Rules of Innovation: A 10-Step Program for Corporate Survival and Robert’s Rules of Innovation II: The Art of Implementation, both with Martin Kleinman – (www.robertsrulesofinnovation.com). Robert passed away this year in an ATV accident and he will be missed greatly.


    2. Gijs van Wulfen
      Gijs van WulfenGijs van Wulfen helps organizations to structure the chaotic start of innovation as author, speaker and facilitator. He is the founder of the FORTH innovation method and author of the innovation bestseller The Innovation Expedition. He was chosen by LinkedIn as one of their first 150 Influencers.


    3. Greg Satell
      5 Principles of InnovationGreg Satell is a popular writer, speaker and innovation advisor. His first book, Mapping Innovation: A Playbook for Navigating a Disruptive Age, is coming out in May, 2017. Follow his blog at Digital Tonto or on twitter @DigitalTonto.


    4. Braden Kelley
      Braden KelleyBraden Kelley is a popular innovation speaker, builds sustainable innovation cultures, and tools for creating successful change. He is the author of the five-star book Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire and the creator of the revolutionary new Change Planning Toolkit™. Follow him on Twitter (@innovate) and Linkedin.
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    5. Nicolas Bry
      Nicolas BryNicolas Bry is a Senior VP at Orange. He’s developed strong expertise in innovation management, creating digital business units with international challenges. He completed a professional thesis on rapid innovation at HEC Business School..


    6. Chad McAllisterChad McAllisterChad McAllister, PhD is a product innovation guide, innovation management educator, and recovering engineer. He leads Product Innovation Educators, which trains product managers to create products customers love. He also hosts The Everyday Innovator weekly podcast, sharing knowledge from innovation thought leaders and practitioners. Follow him on Twitter.

    7. Kevin McFarthing
      Kevin McFarthingKevin McFarthing runs the Innovation Fixer consultancy, helping companies to improve the output and efficiency of their innovation, and to implement Open Innovation. He spent 17 years with Reckitt Benckiser in innovation leadership positions, and also has experience in life sciences.
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    8. Michael GraberMichael GraberMichael Graber is the cofounder and managing partner at Southern Growth Studio, a Memphis-based firm that specializes in growth strategy and innovation. A published poet and musician, Graber is the creative force that complements the analytical side of the house. He speaks and publishes frequently on best practices in design thinking, business strategy, and innovation and earned an MFA from the University of Memphis.

    9. Paul Sloane
      Paul SloanePaul Sloane writes, speaks and leads workshops on creativity, innovation and leadership. He is the author of The Innovative Leader and editor of A Guide to Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing, both published by Kogan-Page..


    10. Ralph Christian Ohr
      Ralph OhrDr. Ralph-Christian Ohr has extensive experience in product/innovation management for international technology-based companies. His particular interest is targeted at the intersection of organizational and human innovation capabilities. You can follow him on Twitter @Ralph_Ohr..


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    1. Robert B Tucker
      Robert TuckerRobert B. Tucker is the President of The Innovation Resource Consulting Group. He is a speaker, seminar leader and an expert in the management of innovation and assisting companies in accelerating ideas to market..


    2. Paul Hobcraft
      Paul HobcraftPaul Hobcraft runs Agility Innovation, an advisory business that stimulates sound innovation practice, researches topics that relate to innovation for the future, as well as aligning innovation to organizations core capabilities..


    3. Mike Shipulski
      Mike ShipulskiMike Shipulski brings together people, culture, and tools to change engineering behavior. He writes daily on Twitter as @MikeShipulski and weekly on his blog Shipulski On Design.
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    4. Yoram Solomon
      Four Rules to Snap Judge a New VentureDr. Yoram Solomon is a VP of Corporate Strategy, General Manager, Inventor and Author. He has a Ph.D. in Organization and Management, an MBA and LLB. Yoram is a professor of Technology and Industry Forecasting at the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, UT Graduate School of Management; is active in regional innovation and technology commercialization; and is also a speaker and author on predicting the technology future and identifying opportunities for market disruption.


    5. Soren Kaplan
      Soren KaplanSoren Kaplan is the author of Leapfrogging and a Managing Principal at InnovationPoint LLC where he advises start-ups and also consults to Cisco, Colgate, Disney, Medtronic, Visa, and others larger firms. He led the internal strategy group at HP and is an Adjunct Professor within the Imagineering Academy at NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands. To learn more or contact Soren visit www.leapfrogging.com


    6. Janet Sernack
      How the Lean Start-up Accelerates InnovationJanet Sernack gained her consulting, education, facilitation, training and executive coaching skills, from 30 years experience in manufacturing, retailing and learning and development businesses to Australia’s and Israel’s’ top 100 companies. She resides in Israel where she founded a start-up, ImagineNation™ that teaches innovative leadership and start-up entrepreneurship via The Start-Up Game™.


    7. Jeffrey Phillips
      Jeffrey PhillipsJeffrey Phillips is a senior leader at OVO Innovation. OVO works with large distributed organizations to build innovation teams, processes and capabilities. Jeffrey is the author of Relentless Innovation and the blog Innovate on Purpose..


    8. Mukesh Gupta
      mukesh-gupta1-150x150Mukesh Gupta is Director of Customer Advocacy, SAP India Private Limited. He also served as Executive Liaison for the SAP User group in India, and as a Global Lead in Sales & Business Development. He also blogs, and shares podcasts and videos, on his site rmukeshgupta.com


    9. Adi Gaskell
      Adi-Gaskell-150x150Adi Gaskell tells us: “I am a free range human who believes that the future already exists if we know where to look. From the bustling Knowledge Quarter in London, it is my mission in life to hunt down those things and bring them to a wider audience, with my posts here focusing particularly on the latest research on innovation and change.” Follow Adi Gaskell (@adigaskell)


    10. Pete Foley
      A twenty-five year Procter & Gamble veteran, Pete has spent the last 8+ years applying insights from psychology and behavioral science to innovation, product design, and brand communication. He spent 17 years as a serial innovator, creating novel products, perfume delivery systems, cleaning technologies, devices and many other consumer-centric innovations, resulting in well over 100 granted or published patents. Find him at pete.mindmatters@gmail.com


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    1. Tim Kastelle
      Tim-Kastelle-2012Tim Kastelle is a Lecturer in Innovation Management in the University of Queensland Business School. He blogs about innovation at the Innovation Leadership Network..


    2. Mari AnixterMari AnixterMari Anixter is the Managing Editor for Innovation Excellence. Based in Chicago, she serves as director of community, digital editor, and content curator for the global IX community. Please follow @mari_IX and @IXchat
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    3. Scott Bowden
      scott_bowdenScott Bowden is an independent innovation analyst. Scott previously worked for IBM Global Services and Independent Research and Information Services Corporation. Scott has Ph.D. in Government/International Relations from Georgetown University. Follow him on Twitter @sgbowden


    4. Andy Heikkila
      Andrew HeikkilaAndrew Heikkila, a tech enthusiast and writer from Boise, Idaho, and a frequent contributor to Innovation Excellence. He also writes for Tech Crunch. You can follow him @AndyO_TheHammer.


    5. Celeste Bevilacqua
      Celeste-150x150Celeste Bevilacqua is the Financial Services contributing editor for Innovaiton Excellence. She has been in the financial services and insurance industry for over 20 years with top insurance and financial companies. Currently she is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones as well as an advisor to the town of Pawling, New York and the Chamber of Commerce on Economic and Business Development.


    6. Peter Cook
      Peter Cook Peter Cook is Rock’n’Roll Innovation Editor at Innovation Excellence. He leads Human Dynamics and The Academy of Rock, and provides Keynote speaking, Organisation Development and Business Coaching. You can follow him on twitter @Academyofrock and contact him for a copy of his book Punk Rock Business.


    7. Jorge Barba
      Jorge-BarbaJorge Barba is an Innovation Insurgent and is the Creative Strategist at Blu Maya, a San Diego based Digital Marketing Firm that helps organizations build their online business with strategy development for new products and services. He’s also the author of the innovation blog Game Changer. And lastly, you can follow him on Twitter @jorgebarba.


    8. Matthew Griffin
      Matthew Griffin was recognised in 2013 by the public as one of Europe’s leading emerging technology and disruptive innovation experts. He works with Her Majesty’s Government and Private Sector organisations around the world to help them foresee the opportunities and threats that emerging technologies and trends will have on business, culture and society at large. Follow or contact hime @mgriffin_uk


    9. Jeffrey Baumgartner
      Jeffrey-BaumgartnerJeffrey Baumgartner is the author of the book, The Way of the Innovation Master; the author/editor of Report 103, a popular newsletter on creativity and innovation in business. He is currently developing and running workshops around the world on Anticonventional Thinking, a radical new approach to achieving goals through creativity — and an alternative to brainstorming.


    10. Jacqueline Zhou
      Jackie-1-150x150-5Jacqueline Zhou is the innovation expert at SoapBox Innovations, a SaaS innovation management company. An avid believer in tapping into the collective genius of communities, she shares her innovation insights on the SoapBox Innovations blog and @SoapBoxHQ


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  1. Daniel Nolan
    Daniel NolanDaniel Nolan is the Founder & Chief Idea Guy/Principal Consultant at Denovo, an innovation consulting group, where he partners with clients to promote sustainable growth and build innovation capabilities. Daniel developed the Rapid Deployed Innovation System (RDIS) and Holistic Integrated Innovation Framework (HIIF). His company is dedicated to a holistic approach based on real world consulting experience, psychology of the creative process, and current academic research.


  2. Patrick Willer
    Patrick WillerPatrick Willer is a Workforce Innovation Consultant at SAP. He is intrigued by people: How we think, connect, and create together. This is what inspires his learning, and informs his business career in Human Capital Management. Patrick specializes in creativity, innovation, social collaboration, and solution-focused planning and execution of strategies impactful to Human Capital Management. Follow or connect with Patrick @PattWiller


  3. Evan Shellshear
    Evan ShellshearEvan Shellshear is a commercialization and innovation expert. He has worked with and delivered cutting edge software solutions to Forbes 500 companies. Evan is the author of Innovation Tools: the most successful techniques to innovate cheaply and effectively; and the children’s game BugRope on Google Play (current 4.6 star rating!). He has founded or been a part of commercializing more than half a dozen technologies and ideas. Follow @eshellshear


  4. Saga Briggs
    Saga BriggsSaga has built her writing and editing career at Tin House Books, Night Owls Press, and Dancing Moon Press. Along the way, writing education and education reform have become two of her primary interests. She earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from Oberlin College and lives in Portland, OR. @sagamilena


  5. Stefan Lindegaard
    Stefan-Lindegaard-Small-1Stefan Lindegaard is a speaker, network facilitator and strategic advisor who focus on the topics of open innovation, intrapreneurship and how to identify and develop the people who drive innovation..


  6. Mike Brown
    Mike-BrownMike Brown is an award-winning innovator in strategy, communications, and experience marketing. He authors the BrainzoomingTM blog, and serves as the company’s chief Catalyst. He wrote the ebook “Taking the NO Out of InNOvation” and is a frequent keynote presenter..


  7. Frank Mattes
    Frank MattesFrank Mattes founded innovation.support and runs its business in the German-speaking countries. Frank Mattes has 15+ years of experience in managing innovation, change management and projects. He has worked for several specialized medium-sized consulting companies and for The Boston Consulting Group. Frank also founded and runs innovation-3 which focuses on integrating cutting-edge innovation approaches into existing innovation management systems. Frank is also the author of several books.


  8. Kate Hammer
    Kate-Hammer1-150x150Kate Hammer is a joint founder of KILN, working with large-scale companies in the USA and Australia to transform their internal innovation processes. Kate works as a business storyteller. In 2012, she created StoryFORMs to help others articulate their commercial & organisational stories. Kate offers workshops & 1:1 coaching.


  9. Scott D. Anthony
    Scott D AnthonyScott Anthony is a strategic advisor, writer and speaker on topics of growth and innovation. He is currently managing partner of Innosight, a strategy and innovation consulting firm cofounded by Clayton Christensen. He is based in Singapore, where he has led the firm’s expansion into the Asia-Pacific region and continues to lead its venture capital activities through Innosight Ventures.


  10. Gregg Fraley
    If Steve Jobs Worked for You, you'd probably fire himGregg Fraley is a creativity and innovation consultant. He currently works with Fortune 500 companies and does keynotes, workshops, training and consulting. The author of Jack’s Notebook, a business parable about creative problem solving, he is also a certified administrator of the Kirton Adaptor Innovator inventory which measures creative style.


If your favorite didn’t make the list, then next year try to rally more votes for them or convince them to become an Innovation Excellence contributing author and they’ll earn more points based on the quality and the quantity of their contributions.

Over the next few days we will be putting together a PDF version of this list for printing or downloading to your iPad, Kindle, Nook, GalaxyTab, or other tablet, PC, or Mac. If you would like to advertise in this downloadable version of the Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2016, please contact us.

Our lists from the six previous years have been tremendously popular:

Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2010 (download the PDF)
Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2011 (download the PDF)
Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2012 (download the PDF)
Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2013 (download the PDF)
Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2014 (download the PDF)
Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2015

We’ll announce the contest winners of these fabulous prizes in a few days:

  1. One (1) FREE copy of Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire by Braden Kelley ($34.95 value)
  2. Two (2) free SIGNED copies of The Invisible Advantage: How to Create a Culture of Innovation by Soren Kaplan, PhD. ($17.95 value)
  3. One (1) FREE individual Bronze license for the Change Planning Toolkit™ ($1,200 value) — NOW AVAILABLE
  4. Two (2) FREE copies of Stop Guessing: The 9 Behaviors of Great Problem-Solvers by Nat Greene ($19.95 value)
  5. One (1) FREE copy of Charting Change by Braden Kelley ($30.00 value)
  6. Two (2) FREE copies of Outsmart Your Instincts: How the Behavioral Innovation Approach Drives Your Company Forward by Ed Harrington ($23.95 value)
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Braden KelleyBraden Kelley is a popular innovation speaker, builds sustainable innovation cultures, and tools for creating successful change. He is the author of the five-star book Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire and the creator of the revolutionary new Change Planning Toolkit™. Follow him on Twitter (@innovate) and Linkedin.