An engaging speaker and gifted trainer, Alan brings real-world know-how to companies looking to close the gap between where they are and where they strive to be. Through his guidance, our front-line innovation and bottom-up idea generating program has shaped the culture of our organization and improved our performance.
~ Donald D’Amour, CEO, Big Y World Class Market
Alan’s book, Ideas Are Free guided the establishment of our initial idea program at Massachusetts General Hospital. His most recent book, The Idea-Driven Organization, is helping to guide the further development and expansion of our program across all of the Partners Healthcare research network.
Harry Orf, Senior VP of Research at Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Robinson has extensive consulting and training experience. He continues to help organizations around the world through his many services, which include:

  • Training and education programs for senior executives, managers, and employees at all levels in managing ideas, creativity, and innovation, or in lean.
  • A detailed diagnosis/assessment of any organization’s management of innovation, ideas, continuous improvement, or lean, with recommendations on how to make it even better.
  • Guidance for organizations wishing to set up and launch high-performance idea systems (i.e. one implementing 15 or more ideas per person per year), a lean initiative, or any initiative to improve creativity and innovation.
  • Executive coaching. A big reason that organizations cannot effectively manage bottom-up ideas and improvement, or really gain traction with their lean efforts, is that these changes require a different kind of leadership. Effective personal coaching can greatly help leaders and managers with the transition.
  • Long-term executive education and reading groups.

To inquire about the possibility of having Dr. Alan Robinson work with your organization, send an email to