Success for Innovation Leaders

What is Success in Innovation?

Of course, each of us has our own definition of success coupled with our own set of skills and accomplishments. This is why each pathway to innovation leadership is so different. Like many other New Product Development Professionals (NPDP), my background is technical. As a Chemical Engineer fresh out of grad school, my first job was in research. My supervisor honed and refined my leadership skills with training and job opportunities. Over the years, I have tended toward areas of innovation that involve helping people learn and apply tools to improve their own systems and processes.

How to Gain Innovation Success?

Demonstrating success as an innovation leader is intricately tied to success of our customers and clients. Successful innovations benefit end-users by giving them basic necessities, convenience, or luxury. (Watch for a future blog post on these different levels of innovation.) While a new product offers optimal technologies for a consumer, providing a memorable experience leads to long-term innovation success.

What is Your Innovation Leadership Career Path?

So how do you pursue a career for success as an innovation leader? First, remember that success is defined only by you — using your strongest skills to help improve the lives of others. Next, understand that “success” is not the same as a title or position. Successful innovation leaders create outstanding experiences for customers, building on products, technologies, and markets. Finally, sharing stories with customers and other innovation leaders guides your path and your career journey.

About Me

I am inspired by writing, teaching, and coaching. I tackle life with an infusion of rigor, zeal, and faith. It brings me joy to help you build innovation leaders. Teresa Jurgens-Kowal is an experienced professional with a passion for lifelong learning with a PhD in Chemical Engineering and an MBA in Computer and Information Decision Making. My credentials include PE (State of Louisiana), NPDP, PMP®, and CPEM, and I am a DiSC® certified facilitator. Contact me at or area code 281 + phone 280–8717 for more information on coaching for entrepreneurs and innovators.



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Teresa Kowal

Teresa Kowal

I tackle life with an infusion of rigor, zeal, and faith. My passion is innovation and helping others improve their new product development ecosystems.