Charles Prather

Thinking outside of the box of managment and innovation



Charles (Charlie) Prather is President of Bottom Line Innovation Associates, Inc. helping organizations develop Innovation as a core competency.

Many of the Fortune 100 are clients representing chemicals, paper, consumer products, high tech, government, financial services, and other segments. Charlie served DuPont some 24 years in numerous R&D and leadership positions.

He was appointed Manager of the DuPont Center for Creativity & Innovation upon its formation and helped shape its direction and design its offerings. He is Senior Fellow of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. Charlie is a frequent keynote speaker and conference presenter, authored many articles.

His first book, Blueprints for Innovation, was published by The American Management Association. His sceond book, “Manager’s Guilde to Fostering Innovation and Creativity in Teams,” was published by McGraw Hill in 2010. Charlie earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from N.C. State University, and is bilingual in English and Southern.

Some recent publications:

Keeping Innovation Alive After the Consultants Leave,” RESEARCH/TECHNOLOGY

MANAGEMENT, Vol 43, No. 5, September-October 2000, pp 17-22

Involve Everyone in The Innovation Process” RESEARCH/TECHNOLOGY

MANAGEMENT, Vol 45 No 5., September-October 2002.

Enhancing Organizational Knowledge Creation for Breakthrough Innovation: Tools and Techniques,” Chapter 4 in PDMA Toolbook, coauthored with Koen, McDermott, and Olsen, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2004.

The Dumb Thing About SMART Goals For Innovation” RESEARCH/TECHNOLOGY

MANAGEMENT, Vol 48 No 5., September-October 2005.

Use Mistakes To Foster Innovation” RESEARCH/TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT,

Vol 51 No 2., March-April 2008.

Manager’s Guide to Fostering Innovation and Creativity in Teams” McGraw Hill, © 2010

Charles Prather Speech or Seminar or Workshop programs
1. Thinking "Out of the Box" - tools and techniques that can re-invent you and your business
2. Creative Problem Solving - how to create new, useful and unexpected solutions to critical issues
3. The Five Pitfalls to Innovation - and how to avoid them
4. Your Creativity Style - how to find a job you can love and help your people do the same
5. Leading Innovation - create the right working environment
6. Leading Innovation - create a self-sustaining culture of innovation
7. Motivating for Innovation - hint: money doesn't do it.
8. Leading Change - create dissatisfaction with the status quo
9. Systems Thinking for Innovation - handling mistakes & building trust





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