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Dr. Stephen A. Di Biase served as the Chief Executive Officer of Laser Applications Technology (LAT) LLC and as currently President of Premier Insights, LLC. He is an entrepreneur, building businesses and capabilities from emerging technology.  In leading LAT, Dr. Di Biase developed the business model and go to market strategies for introducing a disruptive technology for labeling produce.  With Premier Insights, Dr. Di Biase teaches leaders how to become more innovative by making innovation a discipline they can refine.

During his 40 year career, Dr. Di Biase has become accomplished in using innovation to create value in a global commercial setting.  He has over 20 patents, mentored technical professionals, and taught innovation and human resource management in both corporate and university settings. He has guest lectured at several academic institutions and has authored books, patents and corporate publications. 

Dr. Di Biase graduated from The Pennsylvania State University and sits on the Science Advisory Board for The Pennsylvania State University. He is also a retired member of the Board of Trustees for the Mt. Union College, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Industrial Research Institute, a leading experienced based innovation management association.

Prior to joining JohnsonDiversey, Dr. Di Biase spent 26 years with the Lubrizol Corporation, where he held a variety of leadership positions, including general management roles and those with profit and loss responsibility for emerging businesses derived from technology platforms.  These global assignments often involved business development from strategy conception to execution managing teams of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development professionals.

Prior to accepting the assignment in business development Dr. Di Biase was the Vice President – Research, Development, and Engineering where he was responsible for the global technical and scientific leadership for a centralized R&D function comprising of 700 professionals, an operating budget of $120+ million, and a capital budget of $10+ million. 

In this role Dr. Di Biase fostered innovation and delivered results using processes such as stage gates, project and portfolio management, 6-Sigma, and advanced statistics while introducing a variety of IT based tools such as data mining and predictive modeling.

Dr. Di Biase has served as chairman of The Lubrizol Foundation Scholarship Committee, Chairman of the Northeastern Ohio Section of the American Chemical Society, Board member of the Cleveland Area Research Directors (CARD) and in The Boy Scouts of America where he served in a variety of posts.   Dr. Di Biase has been honored by The Pennsylvania State University College of Science with its 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award and serves as an adjunct professor at Benedictine University in Naperville IL.

 

 

 

 

 

10 Keys to Unlocking Your Innovative Self

10 Keys to Unlocking Your Innovative Self

By Stephen Di Biase, Ph.D.

Simply put being an innovator is the same as being a problem solver and solving problems better leads to a higher quality of life. Despite everyone being born an innovator many people forget how to do it when they go to school and need to be retaught to do so.


 

Everyone needs to become more innovative if we're going to meet the challenges the world faces over the next 100 years.

Innovation has two components: One is "fractal" meaning that no matter what the context innovation will have the same characteristics and a second component that is situational varying with the environment.  Understanding these two components will help the average person in becoming more innovative. I endeavor in this text to clearly describe these components of innovation in such a way that the average person can reflect on their response to change, the source of all innovation, in such a way as to create a better life for themselves and in the process making the world a better place. 

In addition to these texts I'll be publishing "The Innovative Millennial" which describes how "The Millennial Generation" - an 80 million strong cohort - will transform our world by aligning their digital skills the basic of innovation. No generation in history has had the tools "The Millennials" have for responding to change, for collaboration, and to connect "unrelated dots". Globally there are 1.7 billion Millennials making this potential transformation of humanity a truly global phenomenon. What the outcome will be is unclear but the sooner "The Millennials" learn the basic of innovative behavior the sooner they'll deal with the pressing problems the world faces. My attempt is to offer this large cohort a simple approach to innovation that any "Digital Native" can build upon.


A final book in the series will be "The Millennial's Guide to a Happy Life". Clearly "The Millennial Generation" has the potential to impact humanity in ways never imagined before but this impact needs to be in the context of living life well. In this text, I endeavor to describe how this unique generation might apply tried and true approaches for finding enduring happiness. Happiness is very situational and subjective but yet there are clear attributes everyone would agree with make for a happy life.


The journey begins with the foundation, holding the greatest importance: Life, Love, Forgiveness, and Health, usually in that order. My philosophy has always been begin with the really important stuff first and if you have time and energy you can cover the unimportant things later. I tend to dismiss the unimportant stuff, but it’s amazing how many people don’t. Most people do this the other way around. The order of addressing things determines the direction of your life – good and bad. However, my goal is not to be talking down to you: I would never do such a thing. 


In life “Common Sense is not Common” and a lack of “Common Sense” leads to all kinds of hassles big and small. Speaking of things not being “Common”, the only “Virtue” that is common is we’re all becoming less knowledgeable, or more ignorant, depending on how you phrase it, as the Web, and the “Internet of Things or Everything”, expands available knowledge faster than we can absorb it.


Beyond Chapter 1 I’ll move into chapter 2 a commentary on what I call “Life’s Legos” – the pieces that come together, in good and bad ways, offering us the “Spice of Life” including Family, Relatives, Friends and Enemies each of which gives us all heartburn from time to time.


After some Maalox, I’ll discuss in chapter 3 what people believe to be the most important part of life – Our Careers – and generating wealth, having power and, if we’re lucky enjoying retirement. Unfortunately, most people put too much emphasis on these topics detracting from what is really meaningful in life.
Finally, chapter 4 finishes with something serious: What happens when it’s all over – Spirituality, Fear, Death and what’s next?


For some of us, this is a bad thing, but hopefully not for anyone reading this book. In many ways preparing for the After-Life should be easy! Especially since God has told us all exactly what to do (and not do), but to the bane of many. I’ve structured the book in a way that each page makes a point that can be pondered, like the books sold in “tourist traps”, except my book will lack any artistic qualities since I possess none.  It also makes for easier reflection, should anyone take this work seriously enough to do that – I hope so.