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Anthony Mills

Chief Executive Officer at Legacy Innovation Group

Grand Rapids, United States

Anthony Mills is a seasoned Corporate Strategy & Growth executive. He has successfully led multiple new business launches in both Fortune 100 enterprises and new startup ventures. From defining new business platforms and go-to-market strategies, to designing and delivering completely new product categories, he has successfully launched several new lines of business, while filling a numerous roles along the way.

Mr. Mills' strengths include strategy, design, innovation, execution, and leadership - ultimately getting things done that matter - and that move the needle.

What drives Mr. Mills is having exciting new business endeavors to lead - endeavors that hold the promise of significant new value for both the business and its customers. Whether it's new products and services, new customer experiences, new markets, new brands, new lines of business, or entirely new ventures altogether, his end game is always the same, namely to accelerate top-line growth in the business through market leadership and global expansion. This is the center of his focus, and he has spent considerable time developing a tightly-honed set of skills for doing precisely this.

Mr. Mills has been officially recognized by independent third-parties as a global authority on both strategic innovation (innovation-driven growth) and customer experience. He has taught, consulted, written, and lectured on these topics with organizations all over the world.

Mr. Mills has extensive experience throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

He is currently the Executive Director of the Global Innovation Institute, the CEO of Legacy Innovation Group, and serves on several advisory boards.

Available For: Advising, Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Speaking Topics: Strategy, Innovation, The Human Workplace

Anthony Mills Points
Academic 0
Author 129
Influencer 164
Speaker 0
Entrepreneur 0
Total 293

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Portfolio Mix

Company Information

Company Type: Service Provider
Theatre: Global
Minimum Project Size: Undisclosed
Average Hourly Rate: Undisclosed
Number of Employees: Undisclosed
Company Founded Date: Undisclosed
Media Experience: 6 Years
Last Media Interview: 03/05/2020

Areas of Expertise

Customer Experience
Design Thinking 35.67
Digital Disruption
Digital Transformation 30.10
Emerging Technology
Future of Work 31.03
Innovation 33.00
Lean Startup
Management 36.60
Open Innovation 36.76
Business Strategy 30.04

Industry Experience

Consumer Products
Federal & Public Sector
Higher Education & Research
Professional Services


9 Article/Blogs
Let’s Settle the Debate — Innovation Both Is & Is Not Everyone’s Job
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May 28, 2021
Archive image courtesy of My Starbucks Idea —’s Settle the Debate — Innovation Both Is & Is Not Everyone’s JobThe DebateThere’s an insidious debate that’s bounced around for probably the better part of twenty years now. It’s the debate of whether or

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Management

Let’s Settle the Debate – Innovation Both Is & Is Not Everyone’s Job
Legacy Innovation Group, LLC
May 27, 2021
There’s an insidious debate that’s bounced around for probably the better part of twenty years now. It’s the debate of whether or not ‘innovation is everyone’s job’.
We address - and answer - that debate by explaining the the two cases where it is everyone's job - and the one case where it isn't.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Innovation, Management

The Secret to Building High Energy Innovation Spaces
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May 15, 2019
Innovation Spaces — which can refer to any space intentionally designed to foster and facilitate good innovation work — come in all sorts…Continue reading on Medium »

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Management

Wisdom from Above the Clouds
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January 17, 2019
Have you ever been on a plane flight where as you take off all you can see out the window is hazy and overcast weather, only to at some…Continue reading on Medium »

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Management

Design Thinking Grows Up — Welcome to Experience Thinking
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July 25, 2018
PrologueContinue reading on Medium »

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Management

The Twelve Disciplines of Consistently Innovative Organizations
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July 01, 2018
Ever notice that some organizations seem to be far more consistent at delivering new innovation than most? I have. Ever wonder why this is… what they do differently? I certainly have.Indeed, like so many others before me, I’ve spent my entire adult life working in and around organizations that w

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Management

Meaning Making — How the Innovation-Driven Organization Imparts Purpose & Meaning
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June 27, 2018
Image: Close-up photo of oil painting. Photographer: Grzegorz Wojtasik. I visit and observe what I call the “existential festivals” — events like Burning Man, SXSW, TED, Sundance, Bonnaroo, and ArtPrize, for example — I ask myself, “What are people really trying t

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Management

The Undeniable Power of the “Garage Experience”
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January 17, 2018
Image courtesy of Nissan Innovation GarageIf you’re like me and a lot of other entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs around the world, then you’ve likely romanticized — at least at some point in time — about what it must have been like in great companies like Apple, HP, Google, and Cisco w

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Management

The Secret Formula for Achieving Market Leadership
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September 08, 2017
Unless your business strategy is to be a fast-follower (an increasingly risky and dangerous strategy), you invariably have markets or market segments in which your objective is to be the Market Leader. As Jack Welch so skillfully demonstrated while he led GE, Market Leadership is the one real strate

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Management

2 Books
Applied Innovation Master Book
Global Innovation Institute
January 04, 2016
The 856-page body-of-knowledge reference book from GInI | Global Innovation Institute.
This book is comprehensive in its coverage of every facet of business innovation, including foundational knowledge, Design Thinking, the different manifestations of design, the work of the Innovation Professional in delivering innovation projects, the work of the Design Thinking Professional as a champion of advanced innovation practices, the work of the Innovation Manager in leading the innovation program, the work of the Innovation Strategist in developing well-researched innovation strategies, and the work of the Chief Innovation Officer in driving a comprehensive and productive program of Corporate Innovation across the enterprise. It also touches on launching and financing new business ventures, and presents a comprehensive glossary of business innovation terminology.

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Tags: Design Thinking, Innovation, Management

Collaborative Engineering and the Internet: Linking Product Development Partners via the Web
SME - Society of Manufacturing Engineers
August 03, 1998
The first book ever published on the subject of digitally-enabled collaborative product development. This was a comprehensive treatment of both the mediums and best practices known for pursuing this approach.

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Tags: Future of Work, Management, Open Innovation

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Corporate Innovation

Location: Global    Date Available: July 01st, 2019     Fees: Based on the scope of the enga

Submission Date: May 16th, 2019     Service Type: Service Offered

Comprehensive consultation on Corporate Innovation programs. This includes program design, organizational design, strategy formulation, governance processes and metrics, financials, enablers, engagement, and reinforcements.
Ancillary to this is consultation on Corporate Venturing, Corporate Incubators & Accelerators, Innovation Labs, Intrapreneuring (engagement), Open Innovation, Workplace Innovation, and much more.

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