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The Eureka! Ranch

Where New Happens

We’ve all heard that change is hard. Especially in established organizations where there is already a set way of working.
But it is not impossible.
We believe every organization can change and do new things that are meaningful.

The Eureka! Ranch is designed to give teams a break from their normal routines and free up their minds to think about the ideal future and the change needed to get there.

About Us

since 1986

Eureka! Ranch was founded more than 35 years ago by Doug Hall.  Doug was at P&G and got a record number of innovations shipped in a short period of time with a tiny staff and budget (9 products in 12 months with a  team of 3).  He did this by using a systems approach because of his knowledge of the work of Dr. W. Edwards Deming, the inspiration for Lean, Total Quality and Six Sigma.

Doug left P&G and founded Eureka! Ranch and started helping large companies like Nike, American Express, and Disney create big, disruptive ideas, which it continues to do today.

By the early 2000s, it became clear that some companies did not have the systems in place to commercialize the disruptive ideas Eureka! Ranch helped create.  They would either compromise the ideas (to pass Stage-Gate milestones) or even kill them due to fear of change.

About Us

since 1986

Eureka! Ranch was founded more than 35 years ago by Doug Hall.  Doug was at P&G and got a record number of innovations shipped in a short period of time with a tiny staff and budget (9 products in 12 months with a  team of 3).  He did this by using a systems approach because of his knowledge of the work of Dr. W. Edwards Deming, the inspiration for Lean, Total Quality and Six Sigma.

Doug left P&G and founded Eureka! Ranch and started helping large companies like Nike, American Express, and Disney create big, disruptive ideas, which it continues to do today.

By the early 2000s, it became clear that some companies did not have the systems in place to commercialize the disruptive ideas Eureka! Ranch helped create.  They would either compromise the ideas (to pass Stage-Gate milestones) or even kill them due to fear of change.

That experience inspired a sabbatical at the University of Maine and the creation of a new field of study, Innovation Engineering®.  It includes 48 skills or competencies for creating, communicating, and commercializing meaningfully unique ideas and system-driven leadership skills that help innovation leaders implement the system company-wide.  It teaches people to create disruptive ideas like we do (not guru, it’s a system), but also teaches them what to do next – all the way to market/implementation.

We found that the preacher-teacher approach (lecture then test) did not work, and results varied from professor to professor. That’s when we developed the patent-pending Cycles to Mastery® teaching method.  In our certification programs, these are submitted to a human grader who provides feedback.  Students adjust and submit till approved.  No test is needed.  That’s what we mean by Cycles to Mastery.

On campus, the courses are taught under the “Innovation Engineering” brand.  For consumers and businesses, it’s available as professional development under the Jump Start Your Brain® (JSYB) brand.  We’re making it easier for everyone across the company from the front lines to CEO to learn and apply innovation skills.  We have 100s of micro-lessons, tools, badge courses, and certifications that can be customized and plugged into an LMS or accessed through our platform.

Today the Ranch is led by CEO, Maggie Nichols, and a strong cadre of innovators, engineers, educators, and programmers, with founder, Doug Hall, remaining actively engaged as CIO and on special projects.  We help organizations in 3 ways: 1) building their innovation pipeline, 2) improving their innovation process, and 3) training their people to think more innovatively.  We work with large multinationals, non-profits, and small and mid-size companies around the  globe to help them think & act smarter, faster & more innovatively.

Mission

Our Mission

Change the world. 

Vission

Our Vision

Everyone everywhere is enabled to do new and meaningful things.

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Experts In Change

From the front end to results, we can help at every step along the journey.

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News & Resources

Innovation & The Holidays

Innovation & The Holidays

Now that we are in the midst of the end of the year holidays, I am certain many of us are thinking of gingerbread, peppermint, hot chocolate, and cookies. But, how many of us are thinking about innovations as well?

3 Must Do’s to Activate Your Strategy

3 Must Do’s to Activate Your Strategy

Leaders and employees often express dissatisfaction with the effectiveness of their company’s strategic planning process. Clearly, it’s a problem if there is no strategy, but even when leadership has developed a strategy, too often it’s not properly “activated.”

Let’s Learn Together! 

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