Dale Dauten has been researching leadership and innovation since his time as a graduate student at Arizona State University and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. One of his early books prompted a government publication to call him a “guru” to White House staffers, and since then, his writings been published in a dozen languages and have developed a worldwide following, especially in Japan.
After holding management positions with two major corporations and two consulting companies, Dale Dauten created a nationally-known marketing research firm retained by top industry leaders. As founder of The Innovators’ Lab, Dale has done idea generation with dozens of firms, including Georgia-Pacific, United Auto Group, General Dynamics, Caterpillar and NASA.
He also writes two newspaper columns, both nationally syndicated by King Features: “The Corporate Curmudgeon”—a weekly commentary on the human side of business, it's a weekly adventure into the good, the bad and the ugly sides of business life—and "JT and Dale Talk Jobs" (with employment expert, Jeanine O'Donnell)—written in a quick-to-read Q & A format, it provides job hunters and career changers of all levels with the information they need to succeed in today's competitive job market. His work appears weekly in over a hundred newspapers the Chicago Tribune, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Arizona Republic, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
In addition to his columns, Dale is a celebrated business book author. His third, The Max Strategy, a study of innovation, came out in 1996, followed by a paperback and five foreign editions in 1997. The Gifted Boss, published by William Morrow in June 1999 is still widely sought after by managers and owners of business all over the world. The Laughing Warrior: How to Enjoy Killing the Status Quo was released April 2003, and his newest, Better Than Perfect in March 2006 and Great Employees Only in September 2006.
Dale lives in Tempe, Arizona with his wife and three children.