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Alan Pentz

Partner, Corner Alliance Alan Pentz is the CEO of Corner Alliance, a Washington-based consulting firm that focuses on helping government leaders manage innovation. He is a former Capitol Hill staffer and holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Contact him at apentz@corneralliance.com, or follow him on Twitter at @apentz
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3 Tips For Managing Innovation

February 14, 2018 We are used to seeing innovators lauded for their brilliance. They are insightful geniuses who see around corners and live ahead of their times. In practice, most innovators stumble into success. Innovation is more about implementation and execution than it is about inspiration. Of course Edison figured that out over...

Not All Innovation Projects Are Born Equal

February 9, 2018 I often see government programs using a one size fits all approach to managing innovation efforts. Every project has its milestones planned out three years in advance and of course all the right metrics to prove how appropriate the investment is. It's every project manager's dream. Unfortunately, real innovation doesn't...

Not All Innovation Projects Are Born Equal

February 6, 2018 I often see government programs using a one size fits all approach to managing innovation efforts. Every project has its milestones planned out three years in advance and of course all the right metrics to prove how appropriate the investment is. It's every project manager's dream. Unfortunately, real innovation doesn't...

Planning Is More Important than Plans

January 26, 2018 I've never heard anyone complain about how short government documents are. In fact it’s the opposite. You often have to wade through dozens if not hundreds of pages of text to decipher the gist of a document. Most people just don't have the time. Most people don't even read short...

Agencies Can Seed Future Success With Creative Investment

February 8, 2016 For several decades, government investment in research and development has been on a downward trajectory. Federal R&D spending now accounts for just under 1 percent of GDP versus 2 percent for private sector R&D. As a result, it is more important than ever for government to partner with the private...

Be Prepared: Disruption Is Coming

February 1, 2016 We see a lot of headlines in the commercial sector about the consequences of technology disruption. Barnes and Noble disrupted the local book store and then Amazon disrupted Barnes and Noble. Apple disrupted music and the personal camera market, which had already been through a disruption as film gave way...

The Path for Federal R&D Is Changing

December 30, 2015 “Industry now accounts for the vast majority of national R&D, which has been growing for decades.” That’s a quote from a January 2015 American Association for the Advancement of Science report on national research and development. While there was a brief uptick with the American Recovery Act, federal research and...

Strategy Is About Tough Decisions

December 22, 2015 Strategy is a broad topic and word that is used so often that it can become meaningless. In my mind it really comes down to one thing. No matter the arena (government, nonprofits, commercial enterprises), strategy is all about making choices. If you haven’t made any tough choices, you don’t...

Don’t Over Collaborate

December 14, 2015 Collaboration is something almost everyone agrees is a good thing. It’s become almost axiomatic in management and leadership literature that collaboration is an unalloyed good. Surely, knowing how to collaborate well is something that will set you and your organization apart. However, any strength overused can become a weakness. I...

How to Build Better State and Local Partnerships

November 18, 2015 For many federal agencies, working with state and local stakeholders is a must. They simply can’t achieve their mission without state and local collaboration and participation. While building those partnerships is important, it certainly isn’t easy. Given the federal nature of our government, there are a few key issues you...