Maggie Nichols

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Upon graduating from Miami University’s Farmer School of Business Maggie joined the Eureka! Ranch, then best known as an innovation consulting firm for Fortune 100 companies.  (After reading an article about the Ranch during an Entrepreneurship class, she decided that the Eureka! Ranch was the place where she was going to work.  Months and dozens of persistent visits later, CEO and Founder, Doug Hall, finally acquiesced and Maggie’s been part of the ranch ever since.)

She started as an Apprentice Inventor working on innovation projects for 100+ company teams including the likes of American Express, P&G, Ford, Schlumberger, Johnson & Johnson, Frito-Lay, and the National Wildlife Federation.

She took a brief hiatus from the Ranch to do internet strategy at a large corporate bank and then moved to Oxford, England where she lead Eureka!‘s efforts in the UK.

In 2005, she returned to the US as Vice President of R&D for Eureka! while also continuing to oversee innovation projects.  In those years she pioneered new innovation methods that transformed the art of innovation into a reproducible and reliable science.

In 2009 Maggie was named Chief Operating Officer – guiding the company as it continued it’s major shift from boutique “think tank for hire” into a company focused on using systems to build cultures of never-ending innovation.

She still works directly with clients as she believes in the Deming philosophy that all leaders should remain “close to the work.”  Since then she’s personally:
decisively shut down existing Eureka! businesses because they were just “fine” instead of “fantastic”
worked with companies, governments and universities on strategies for setting innovation policy
supported Innovation Engineering licensees through training, consulting and personal coaching
trained 100s of people in innovation skills
lead the strategy & development of InnovationEngineeringLabs.com and InnovationSupplyChain.com
helped to build the Innovation Engineering movement
co-hosted a national television program in Canada, Backyard Inventors
coached innovation leaders in how to lead innovation inside their organizations.

When it comes to Innovation and Innovation Leadership you’ll find Maggie talks fast and furiously.  She is also a zealot for unlocking the power of personal passion in your workforce through truly meaningful work – no matter what industry you’re in.

Maggie has been married to her husband Brian for 14 years.  They have two loving children – Parker and Clara – who continually ask the best questions and challenge the worst answers.