Robert Tucker | Leadership in the Age of Acceleration

Robert Tucker

Leadership in the Age of Acceleration

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Robert Tucker

Robert B. Tucker is president of The Innovation Resource, and an internationally recognized leader in the field of innovation. Formerly an adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, Tucker has been a consultant and keynote speaker since 1986.

His pioneering research in interviewing over 50 leading innovators was published in the book Winning the Innovation Game in l986. Since then, he has continued to publish widely on the subject, including his international bestseller Managing the Future: 10 Driving Forces of Change for the New Century, which has been translated into 13 languages.  His groundbreaking book, Driving Growth Through Innovation reveals the emerging best practices of 23 innovation vanguard companies, and his latest book, Innovation is Everybody’s Business, has been recently released by John Wiley.

As one of the thought leaders in the growing Innovation Movement, Tucker is a frequent contributor to publications such as the Journal of Business Strategy, Strategy & Leadership, and Harvard Management Update. He has appeared on PBS, Bloomberg, and was a featured guest on the CNBC series The Business of Innovation.

The Innovation Resource, based in Santa Barbara, California, is a consulting firm devoted exclusively to assisting organizations seeking to improve top and bottom line performance via systematic innovation.

Tucker is a much sought after keynote speaker at conventions, company management meetings, and industry conferences. Clients include over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies as well as clients in Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Australia.

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Featured Keynote Programs

Shaping Your Post-Pandemic Future (Virtual Presentation)

In the post-pandemic era, your ability to adapt to rapid change and find the opportunity -- will be your ticket to success. Futurist and global innovation guru Robert Tucker will deliver an up to 75-minute virtual session to explore the mindset, skillset and toolset necessary to thrive. He'll examine the strategies necessary to navigate your career, and lead your team, organization, family and community toward a more sustainable, prosperous and sane future. After a brief presentation, he'll open the session for dialogue, discussion with you and your team.

Managing for the Future
Capitalizing on the Driving Forces of Change

Economic trends are important, which is why conference planners often hire economists to interpret current economic conditions, and forecast what’s ahead. But these days, business leaders are being challenged by more than changing economic conditions. A multitude of powerful macro-trends — which Tucker calls the Driving Forces of Change — have the potential to create new winners and losers in their wake, and to spell either boom or doom depending on how rapidly you and your business respond to them. These Forces range from artificial intelligence and other rapidly evolving technologies, to workforce issues such as labor shortages and talent wars, all the way to the demographic “Age Waves” that will impact your workforce and alter what your customers will want tomorrow.

This kickoff session (or longer program) serves as a powerful road map for leaders who want to thrive amidst the uncertainty and unpredictability of exponential change and sudden disruption. The powerful strategies revealed here show you how to spot emerging trends early — in time to shape an effective and bold response. While economists confine themselves to economic trends, Tucker explores the consumer, political, technological, economic, regulatory, demographic, lifestyle and social trends that are most relevant to your industry. And he shows how to capitalize on the trends and use them as stepping stones to growth, profit and competitive advantage. Tucker will leave you and your colleagues inspired and refreshed, with actionable “take-home” strategies and ideas to seize tomorrow’s opportunities today.

Driving Growth Through Innovation

This dynamic, example-filled keynote will give you an overview of the important finding reported in Tucker’s ground-breaking book, Driving Growth Through Innovation. Tucker will take you and your colleagues behind the scenes inside the Innovation Vanguard companies. You’ll discover the latest methods for building innovation into a powerful source of growth, profits, and competitive advantage.

Innovation is Everybody's Business

Organizations are increasingly in need of high potential managers and individual contributors with the abilities and mindset to get new projects done. While professionals with functional and technical skills are valued, those with Innovation Skills are emerging as the most sought-after talent in today’s hyper-competitive age. In this practical, inspiring and highly interactive personal development session, Tucker explores powerful tools and strategies to help you and your colleagues hone your ability to seize emerging opportunities, develop new revenue sources, add value, and create unconventional solutions.

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Featured Books

Driving Growth Through Innovationby Robert Tucker

Driving Growth Through Innovation

by Robert Tucker

For many companies, mastering “innovation” is a daunting challenge yet an urgent necessity. In this groundbreaking book, corporate innovation guru Robert B. Tucker offers a practical, straightforward approach you can use to design and implement a systematic, growth-generating innovation process that is right for your company or business unit. You’ll enjoy the stories and gain valuable insights from Tucker’s study of firms that have launched successful innovation initiatives. And you will avoid their mistakes while benefiting from their best practices. 

You’ll learn how to:

Cultivate a culture that makes innovation everybody’s responsibility and unleashes bottled-up potential for change 
“Mine” the future and seize new opportunities to deliver superior solutions to customers
Establish an “idea management” system so good ideas don’t get lost—or show up in the hands of your competitors
Fortify your firm’s “idea factory” to increase the speed to market of new products, services, process improvements, and business models 
Lead an innovation initiative and build buy-in with senior management 

This second edition has been completely revised and updated throughout. It includes a new Innovation Self-Assessment Instrument, so you can evaluate current culture and practices in an objective way, and a discussion of the newly emerging position of chief innovation officer.

Innovation is Everybody's Busiby Robert Tucker

Innovation is Everybody's Busi

by Robert Tucker
Innovation isn't something you do after you get your work done. It's how you do your work.

Organizations all over the world are shedding jobs in record numbers. Yet today, they are desperately in need of people with the abilities and skills to think ahead of the curve, delight customers, motivate colleagues, slash costs, and achieve unconventional results.

In this practical road map to becoming irreplaceable, global innovation guru and bestselling author Robert B. Tucker reveals why honing your I-Skills (Innovation Skills) may be the smartest career move you'll make. Based on interviews with forty-three innovation-adept managers and individual contributors, Innovation Is Everybody's Business guides you in:

  • Mastering the seven essential I-Skills you need to become indispensable
  • Unleashing the "mindset, skillset, and toolset of the innovator" that enable you to anticipate and rise to the challenges your organization faces in a hypercompetitive era
  • Developing your Personal Innovation Strategy to address the critical components of becoming irreplaceable
  • Assaulting your assumptions at the personal, organizational, and industry levels
  • Building tools for work-life balance and creating your own job satisfaction

If you're ready to stop talking about innovation and start adding value today - in your job, department or organization - you're ready to read and benefit from the powerful message of Innovation is Everybody's Business.

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