Author Archives: Robert B Tucker

Eight Essentials of a Winning Innovation Team

Sooner or later, you’re going to be asked to lead an innovation team. This will be your time to shine, if you’re up to the challenge. The distinguishing aspect of leading a special purpose team is that you’re not in control, you can only influence behavior. You’re tasked with figuring out how to do something new, so you and your mates are going on a learning journey. Continue reading

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Eight Proven Methods for Hatching Brilliant Ideas

I’m sitting by the fire on this chilly early morning in Santa Barbara, enjoying a cup of coffee. I am reflecting on all the people I’ve met and the places I’ve been this year, and thinking about the meaning of it all. When my friends and family ask where I’m off to next, I tell them I’m “home for the holidays,” and this invariably brings a smile to their faces. Continue reading

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Five Hottest Innovation Tools

In 25 years in the innovation field, I’ve seen a lot of innovation tools come and go. Let’s face it, tools are trendy. They get introduced with great fanfare at conferences or in the Harvard Business Review. A high profile company or two starts touting the tool. A case study gets written up. And then, often as not, the tool gently fades away. Continue reading

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Five Key Ideas from New Innovation Research

When 500 innovation leaders were asked what they’ve learned in the past 10 years, their answers were decidedly upbeat. Forty-four percent of respondents said their companies are better innovators today than they were a decade ago, while another 32 percent said they are much better. Only six percent said they are doing worse. Continue reading

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Eight Ways to Rethink Your Business Model

Regardless of type, my 25 years working with companies large and small, and with all manner of industry groups shows consistently that winning firms are those that don’t get trapped into conventional wisdom. Their leaders make it job one to challenge assumptions. They take time regularly to rethink. Use this list below to start a rethinking revolution in your firm: Continue reading

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Five Tech Megatrends That Are Changing the Game

In 10 years, over 40 percent of the Fortune 500 will no longer be around. By 2020, more than three fourths of the S&P 500 will be organizations that we have not heard of yet. Predictions like these are common these days. What if they turn out to be correct? Continue reading

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Six Hot Innovation Trends

Next week, thousands of people from around the world will gather in Boston to hear the latest developments in the fast-changing field of innovation. For me, the Front End of Innovation conference is a kind of homecoming, a place where I meet up with organizational practitioners and fellow consultants and thought leaders, and often learn of important emerging trends. In preparation for next week’s event… Continue reading

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