Larry Keeley: President and Co-Founder of Doblin Consulting, Inc.



Headquartered in Rochester, MN, Mayo Clinic focuses on treating patients through integrated clinical practice, education and research. It is the first and largest integrated not-for-profit medical group practice in the world, employing more than 3,800 physicians and scientists and 50,900 allied health staff. The practice specializes in treating difficult cases through tertiary care. The firm spends more than $500 million a year on research. Doctors from different medical specialty work together to care for patients, along with common systems and a philosophy of “the needs of the patient come first.”


Mayo Clinic is among the global companies Larry Keeley has worked with. Since 1979, he has carried out innovation effectiveness on several companies along with Mayo Clinic including Abbott Labs, Aetna, American Express, Amoco, Apple, Baxter, Boeing, Citigroup, Coca-Cola, Consignia, Diageo, Ford, Gates Foundation, Gillette, GE, Hallmark, Liberty Global, Mars, McDonald’s, Monsanto, Motorola, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, Qwest, Rockefeller Foundation, SAS, Shell, Sony, Steelcase, Target, Texas Instruments, VHA, WellPoint, Whirlpool, and Zurich. He frequently lectures and publishes strategic aspects of innovation.


He is a strategist who has worked for over three decades to develop effective innovation methods. He is known worldwide as a great speaker, teacher, thinker, writer, and a fervent champion of the potential impact of a strategic combination of design and business. He has spent his career in developing systems that can be used to improve the chances of every company's innovation strategy ever paying off. He is a polymath who is fluent in all matters related to design and design thinking, and any other topic you can bring up.


He is also the President and co-founder of Doblin Inc., an innovation strategy firm known for leading comprehensive innovation systems that materially improve innovation success rates. Doblin is currently a member of Monitor Deloitte, previously Monitor Group, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Larry's book entitled "The Ten Types of Innovation and the Discipline of Building Breakthroughs" classifies much of the research and tradecraft that drives effective innovation. The book's material is both interesting and entirely practical. Larry and the co-authors justify how the ten types can be used analytically to uncover blind spots, as a channel for leaders to identify new innovation opportunities and as a tool that can be used immediately to improve existing ideas.


Bloomberg Businessweek named Larry among the seven innovation gurus who are shifting the field, and especially identified Doblin for having many of the most advanced tools for bringing innovation effectiveness. They also selected Larry as one of the 27 most influential designers in the world in 2010.


Larry is a board member and also educates graduate innovation strategy classes at Illinois Institute of Technology, the first design school in the United States with a Ph.D. program.


He is an adjunct faculty member at Kellogg Graduate School of Management for their core MBA and their Masters of Manufacturing Management programs. He also teaches in their executive education programs.


Moreover, he teaches at the University of Chicago, as well as at business schools in China, England, Scotland and Spain. Larry was a senior fellow of the Center for Business Innovation in Boston.


He is also a long time board member for Chicago Public Radio, where he charted strategy to make it one of the most innovative public radio stations across the United States that is helping to foster "This American Life" and other pioneering new radio programs and media innovations.