Creativity and Innovation
A.B. cum laude in Economics
2008: Listed as number 32 in Executive Excellence Publishing Excellence 100 — The Top 100 Leadership Consultants
2008: Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa from the University of Puget Sound
2009: The Olympus Lifetime of Education Innovation Award
2010: Purpose Prize Fellow by Civic Ventures
Intrapreneuring: Why You Don’t Have to Leave the Corporation to Become an Entrepreneur
The Intelligent Organization: Engaging the Talent & Initiative of Everyone in the Workplace
Intrapreneuring in Action: A Handbook for Business Innovation
Gifford believes that entrepreneurship releases energy in the direction of deep personal values. Similarly, intrapreneurship is a tool for releasing the creativity, values and entrepreneurial spirit of people who work in large corporations. “When you free people from fear and bureaucratic restraint, they are likely to choose innovation projects that serve their deeper values,” says Gifford.
With the success of his books such as The Intelligent Organization and Intrapreneuring, Gifford has spent most of his career teaching intrapreneurship at large multinational companies (IBM, Shell, Ford, HP, Texas Instruments, DuPont, and others), government agencies, and non-profits.
Gifford has taught intrapreneuring and sustainability at Yale, Harvard, MIT, the University of Colorado, many of the universities in Washington state and over 20 other major universities.