Author Archives: Robert B Tucker

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The media is always ranking “the most innovative companies”-Forbes does it. Fast Company does it. The Economist Intelligence Unit even does it. But what do innovation rankings really measure and do they help business leaders understand the new rules of innovation? Continue reading

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Are Chief Innovation Officers Delivering Results?

But the arrival of innovation czars represented a new approach to driving organic growth. The idea was to “put somebody in charge” who would lead innovation efforts. “A chief innovation officer needs to be a blend of marketer, technologist, strategist and businessperson,” observed BusinessWeek in a 2007 article. Fast-forward almost a decade and you can’t help but wonder: how’s it going? Are these new-breed CIOs delivering the goods? Continue reading

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WANTED! Innovation CEO

“I have come to realize how much time is wasted teaching managers about the practical skills of innovation,” notes veteran new products maven Thomas Kuczmarski in a recent blog. “It is the chief executive officer that needs the lesson.”
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Silicon Valley Still Driving America Forward

While the media constantly reminds us of dangers of unforeseen circumstances, America’s innovators are out busily creating favorable circumstances. American companies are lean and profitable. Continue reading

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Reflecting on Asia

Okay, so I’m writing to you from the Thai Airways lounge at Bangkok’s majestic new airport. I can report that this teeming city of 13 million has dug out from the recent floods, and is getting on with life. The economy, according to the cabbies and locals I talked with, is still suffering and there is even talk of another coup. Continue reading

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Manufacturing Bright Ideas

Everybody has ideas. But innovators have a process for working with their ideas that they can articulate. Start the process of retooling your own idea factory by asking yourself how well it has been manufacturing ideas lately. Then use these eight guidelines to gear up your idea factory again. Continue reading

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Sparking Growth Systematically

How will you drive growth in your company now that all the bubbles have burst? Take, for example, acquisition, that popular strategic ploy of the late ’90s. It turns out that the staggering prices paid to capture other firms often lower growth rates rather than increase them. Continue reading

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