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The author has more than thirty years of diverse professional
leadership and managerial experience. He pursued studying creativity
in order to better understand how to get the
needed to solve the problems he was facing in managing nuclear
facilities, safety oversight and nuclear facility upgrades.
His primary areas of focus has been in the application of creativity
and innovative solutions to both the educational/human development
needs of technical organizations, and advanced or emerging nuclear
and radiation technology and methodologies to the military,
civilian, research and medical applications. Twenty-five of these
years have been spent in the technical areas of in the nuclear
sciences and engineering.
His technical background included both line management and staff
positions in the functional areas of: radiation effects, health
physics, medical physics, training, human development, reactor and
nuclear engineering, operations, emergency preparedness and
response, management, nuclear research, and weapons effects as
applied to: commercial and naval reactors, medical facilities,
radiation experimentation facilities, nuclear weapons, and nuclear
production and fabrication facilities. He was certified by the
American Board of Health Physics, and was a Nuclear Regulatory
Commission operator license examiner for Westinghouse pressurized
water reactors, research reactors, and fuel handlers.
He excels in the development and management of re-engineering and
reorganization efforts or startup of programs of all types requiring
the blending of creative and innovative solutions coupled to the
traditional and/or existing methodologies. His experience includes
all phases of project coordination and management from research and
development, initial design through startup, and operations and
subsequent oversight for disciplined operations and adherence to
design requirements. Experience included the development of annual,
strategic or long range plans, resource allocations and
cost-effective methodologies to support successful completion of
Subsequent professional training was focused in the areas of
management, training, qualification and human development of
personnel for high hazard operations. It was as a result of the
experiences in these areas that he began to pursue the nature of
creativity and why it was so hard to get really creative and ”out of
the box” solutions for the demanding technical needs of the
organization and workplace.
He has extensive, investigative experience related to accident
scenarios and accident mitigation. This investigative experience and
pursuit of creativity lead to understanding why government and
corporate organizations fail so often to meet defined goals and
objectives when they seem to have followed the best recommendations.
In this regard, his primary talent was in aligning organizational
and individual talents and ability to changing mission needs
including creating the needed culture change. He is intimately
familiar, and has extensive experience, with the obstacles and
impediments which interfere with the implementation of desired
programs, both at the individual staff and organizational level.
Being a very rapid learner with a catalytic personality, he
stimulated others to growth with the end result of improving the
overall capabilities and adaptability of the organization for which
he works. He possesses a keen understanding of how the goals of
individuals and/or organizational entities move out of alignment
with the organization goals. Then, in turn, upset the balance
between the two and interferes with achieving organizational goals
and mission at all levels. This later issue had directed an
additional intense seven-year professional effort into exploring how
and why individuals and organizations fail to provided creative
solutions to their problems that will ensure long term success.
He reached the highest levels of management as the Acting Director,
Office of Research, Development and Testing Facilities under the
Assistance Secretary for Defense Programs of the Department of
Energy. In this capacity he oversaw three of the then premier
National Laboratories (Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory) and
Nevada Test Site. He left government service shortly after spending
several years researching and exploring organizational creativity to
improve quality, safety, health and organizational responsiveness.
He opted to leave to further study creativity and to document his
findings. He is best described as an architect, orchestrator and
"startup" person establishing new, or reengineering existing,
organizations or organizational programs.
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