Phil Donihe is a passionate leader and innovation expert. He is committed to providing client-configured Innovation Systems that create extraordinary value and quantifiable gains toward sustainable prosperity. As President of Innovekt®, Phil has developed the unique HumanInnergy®, Certinn®, Innterprise® and Innpeople™ systems. These focus on placing team members and leaders successfully, liberating creativity, and sustaining extraordinary innovation.
Innovekt® is a strategic partner of Idea Connection Systems®, and both companies foster the creative, innovative spirit in companies and organizations. The proprietary approaches and tools of both entities enable clients to develop leadership for innovation, generate creative ideas, and translate creativity into innovations that produce quantifiable gains.
Phil’s passion for innovation has developed from over three decades of specialized experience with leading and facilitating business improvements and transformations while working in leadership positions in major US companies. Phil’s expertise in the strategic and integrated use of a wide range of innovation tools has led to multi-million dollar improvements to the top and bottom lines of many companies.
Note: Donihe is pronounced: don-uh-hee
Life changing for Phil Donihe was his learning of the art and science of Strategic Business Improvement and Total Quality Management through working with some of the world’s foremost innovation leaders and practitioners. Phil worked directly with Dr. W. Edwards Deming, becoming the lead facilitator for Deming seminars in the General Motors Corporation. He learned the power of advanced engineering and statistical methods from Dr. Genichi Taguchi and Shin Taguchi. Phil’s personal interactions with Professor Stuart Pugh enabled him to experience the power of focused creativity in a conceptual engineering framework that set a new standard for structured innovation. Phil has applied his learning in management positions to achieve significant improvements in profitability, quality, reliability, productivity, and success.
Phil has excelled in management and director positions in engineering, manufacturing, quality, reliability, lean enterprise, and business operations. He has led and used the tools of Strategic Business Improvement, including employee and high-performance team development and innovation, to enhance the profitability and operations of the following companies: Shaw Contract Flooring Services, Inc. (Berkshire Hathaway); Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Berkshire Hathaway); the General Motors Corporation; TDS Automotive; Sea Ray Boats; and Outboard Marine Corporation. He received a Manufacturing Innovation Award and a Chairman’s Award. In these positions, he managed teams ranging in size from 6 to 300 people.
Phil has developed and led training courses throughout his career focused on innovation, lean enterprise, quality, design, and more. Link here for a listing of his accomplishments: PhilipLDonihe-TrainingDevelopedandDelivered-1-3-15 (pdf file).
Following graduation from the US Military Academy at West Point, New York, where he was on the Dean’s List, Phil Donihe served as a commissioned officer in the US Army 82nd Airborne Division and the US Army Airborne Board. He received the Commendation Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal and was honorably discharged.
To develop excellence, Phil Donihe has committed to ongoing continuous improvement through specialized training built on top of his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy in West Point (engineering focus) and post-graduate coursework at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Below is a partial list of specialized training:
A complete list can be downloaded here: PhilipLDonihe-EducationandTrainingReceived-8-6-15 (pdf file)
Throughout Phil Donihe’s career, his contributions to the organizations he has worked with have been honored with awards, as mentioned above. In addition, managers have acknowledged his excellence. Quotes from many of them are here: Philip L. Donihe – Accolades from Managers.
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