The Magic and Mystery of Innovation by Sir George Buckley
From Jonathon Hooton
The 14th Roberts Lecture took place on Wednesday 9 November in Firth Hall.
Sir George Buckley, who is an Honorary graduate of the University, was the guest speaker.
Sir George Buckley was Chairman, President and CEO of 3M Company from 2005 to 2012. Prior to 3M, since June 2000, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Brunswick Corp, having previously served as President of Mercury Marine Group, Brunswick’s largest division.
Sir George’s lecture, ‘The Magic and Mystery of Innovation’, gave a real insight into how innovation is used in practice and is the single greatest accelerant to economic growth. Sir George discussed how innovation is often seen as risky and done only by the world’s great intellectuals. This is not necessarily accurate.
In reality, innovation is all around us, and much of it was invented by average people going about their normal business and observing their needs and ideas. Sir George spoke on how innovation occurs in real companies and described his extensive experience in this area as an inventor and a leader of other inventors.