Who has helped some of the World’s “Most Innovative Companies?”

1966: Age 6
Created ABC Brainstorming Tool
1989: Age 30
Created Pocket Innovator
Founded SolutionPeople
1996: Age 36
Created KnowBrainer
Founded Thinkubator
2011: Age 51
Created iKnowBrainer
Founded Tool Club

Meet Gerald “Solutionman” Haman

Gerald Haman, founder of SolutionPeople.com, is recognized by clients as “Solutionman” because of his ability to quickly help people develop breakthrough solutions.

Solutionman gained international acclaim for establishing a world brainstorming record by facilitating 8,000 people in a Thinkathon® at the Singapore Stadium to generate 454,000 ideas in less than 60 minutes.

Gerald "Solutionman" Haman inspires 8,000 to set a World Record for Most Ideas Generated in 1 hour - Almost Half a Million Ideas

Since launching SolutionPeople over 20 years ago, Haman has helped clients generate more than 3 million ideas valued at over 3 billion dollars. He helped one consumer products company generate over 50 million dollars in cost savings ideas alone.

Over 100,000 people and all levels of organizations, in more than 100 countries around the world have benefited from Gerald Haman’s KnowBrainer Innovation System, including over 200 of the FORTUNE 500 companies.

Over 50% of BusinessWeek’s Top 50 of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies” have used SolutionPeople’s innovation products and services.  Haman was recognized as one of the “Most Influential People Online” by FAST Company Magazine’s Influence Project and selected to Fast Company’s “Brain Trust”. FORTUNE magazine recognized Gerald Haman for creating one of the world’s first innovation tools.

Haman has been profiled in over 50 major news publications including FAST Company, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Newsweek Japan, The Australian, Singapore Straits Times, the International Herald, US News & World Report, and Investor’s Business Daily.

Haman is the acclaimed inventor of the KnowBrainer™ innovation tool that has proven to increase creativity by over 530%. He also created the world’s first innovative thinking Apps & eTools for the iPhones, iPads and iPods, and the FlashBrainer™ and Innovation Activator™ software programs.

Gerald "Solutionman" Haman facilitating 600 people in an idea exchange.

Haman is the Founding Organizer of more than 30 Innovation Groups on LinkedIn.com and Facebook.com that comprise a worldwide community of over 300,000 members.

SolutionPeople has been recognized by the Chicago Innovation Awards and the American Society for Training & Development awarded SolutionPeople a “Learning Excellence Citation” for their innovation training results.

An entire chapter was published about SolutionPeople’s successful business practices in the book, Creating Customer Evangelists by Ben McConnell & Jackie Huba, which also profiled IBM, Southwest Airlines & Krispy Kreme Donuts as companies to benchmark.

Haman earned a Master’s Degree in Communications and Training from the University of Minnesota. He is a contributing author of the New Product Development Handbook and has published articles on innovation for the Journal of Innovative Management, Productivity Digest, Training Today and The Meeting Professional.

Haman is certified as an Experience Economy Expert by Joe Pine and Jim Gilmore, the pioneering authors of groundbreaking books including The Experience Economy and Authenticity.

The 'Thinkubator' and the creative process (Illustration courtesy of Fast Company magazine)

Haman incorporates many Experience Economy principles into his innovation workshops, facilitations and keynote speeches. He has also created highly-acclaimed certification programs that designate graduates as Certified Innovation Trainers, Facilitators, Coaches, Questionators and Masters.

He has given innovative presentations to over 100,000 people from around the globe and has been recognized for his creativity by the United States Congress and the American Academy of Achievements.

Haman founded SolutionPeople.com in 1989, Thinkubators.com in 1997, InnovatorsDigest.com in 2005, InnovationTooloftheMonthClub.com in 2008, and he plans to launch illumiNation.com in 2012.

He is an adjunct professor of innovation at Northwestern University and teaches at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Formerly, Haman was an award-winning manager Procter &  Gamble and Arthur Andersen’s Professional Education Center.

Prior to joining the corporate world, Haman was a concert producer for a variety of Grammy-award-winning musicians including Air Supply, Cheap Trick, Harry Chapin, Little River Band, Alice Cooper, The Babys, Cliff Richard, Michael Johnson, Nick Gilder, Poco, Juice Newton and Head East.

Haman’s responsibilities included talent scouting, contract negotiations, marketing, and onsite supervision of the stage crews and production teams.

Haman originally grew up on a cattle ranch and farm in rural North Dakota and he now lives in downtown Chicago where he loves spending time with his 10-year old daughter Olivia. Solutionman’s hobbies include magic, painting and organizing his growing collection of diverse music and art.

Gerald Haman has been profiled in over 50 magazines including:

  • Fast Company
  • Fortune Magazine
  • New York Times
  • Success
  • Entrepreneur
  • American Airlines
  • Toronto Financial Post
  • Inner News
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • Chicago Tribune
  • The Profit Coach
  • American Gas Magazine
  • Medical Device & Diagnostic
  • Meeting News
  • Public Relations Intelligence Report
  • Newsweek Japan
  • Crain’s Chicago Business
  • Training Magazine
  • The Australian
  • Investor’s Business Daily
  • Leader Network
  • Straight Times – Singapore
  • Innovation Tools
  • Training Choice Magazine
  • International Herald Tribune
  • Human Resource Executive
  • The Forum
  • ASTD Awards Citation
  • London Telegraph
  • Incentive
  • Strategic Training Report.


Is Recommended by Experts & Authors:

A Google Search Reveals over a million references to Gerald Haman and SolutionPeople’s Innovation training and tools. Haman has been quoted or SolutionPeople has been recommended in the following books.

Gerald Haman was showcased in Creating Customer Evangelists, along with IBM, Southwest Airlines & Krispy Kreme Donuts as companies that get results because of Raving Fans. To read the full chapter Click Here

SolutionPeople invites you to see why people are raving about our innovative tools and techniques.

Let Gerald Haman be Your “Solutionman”