Author and businessman George E. L. Barbee spoke to members of The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce during the monthly luncheon hosted by Shell Point Retirement Community. Barbee has been teaching innovation for the past 15 years and presented a small portion of his latest book “63 Innovation Nuggets (For Aspiring Innovators).”

“I encourage you to try the art of observation,” said Barbee. “Once you take a moment to pause, you’ll see things that would otherwise go unnoticed.”

Barbee feels innovative ideas are well within anyone’s grasp if preconceived notions are dropped. In his 45-year business career, Barbee has led innovation with Fortune 100 companies, including Gillette, General Electric, PepsiCo, IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

He is one of the original Batten Fellow faculty members at top-ranked University of Virginia Darden School of Business. He received Darden’s highest alumni honor, the Charles C. Abbott Award, and has written numerous articles as well as made multiple appearances on NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, PBS and CNN.

“Discover your innovative side,” said Barbee. “You have more innovation than you give yourself credit.”

Discover Barbee’s book at MacIntosh Books and Paper, 2300 Palm Ridge Rd. It spent all of the 2015 season on the Island Top 10 Bestsellers List.

Island Vacations of Sanibel & Captiva sponsored the November luncheon and had a special give-a-way. The next business luncheon will be Tuesday, Dec. 13 at The Sanctuary Golf Club. Reservation are required and can be done by calling the Chamber at 239-472-1966 or visiting