Author Archives: Robert B Tucker

Why Innovation Leaders are Running Into Brick Walls of Opposition

Every now and then, a study crosses my desk that causes me to assault my assumptions on almost everything I thought I knew. And a just-released report by Boston-based membership organization Innovation Leader did exactly that. The upshot: I assumed that the practice of innovation was further along than it now appears to be. Let me explain. Continue reading

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Six Ways to Raise Your Innovation Game

I just got back from speaking at a large conference of retail professionals in Scottsdale, Arizona. Bricks and mortar retailers these days are quickly becoming the proverbial “canary in the coal mine,” as economic and consumer trends hit them first. The death of Radio Shack, Borders, Comp USA, Blockbuster, A&P and others has energized this sector, and given rise to the notion that innovation is everybody’s business, not just the C-Suite. Continue reading

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The Five Hottest Innovation Trends

The start up craze. 3-D printing. Uber, AirBNB and the unstoppable On Demand Economy. We first reported on these and other driving forces of change in the inaugural issue of InnovationTrends (May, 2014). Only a year ago, we were just hearing about the “sharing economy” (since renamed the On Demand Economy), today the mainstream media reports on these trends constantly. Check out these top five I-Trends: Continue reading

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Assessing Your Innovation Skills: Four ways to become indispensable

By 2025, predicts McKinsey Research, 140 million knowledge worker jobs could be replaced by office automation, and 75 million jobs by robots. What can you do, not just to ensure your employment, but your employability in the years ahead? Continue reading

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Six Essentials to Cultivating an Innovation Culture

A decade ago, I was invited to coach a group of Nokia’s fast-rising superstars. Thirty-five “high potential” managers flew in to Palo Alto, California to network, sample local wines, and focus on innovation. At the time, Nokia seemed unstoppable. Growth was in the double digits. “The company sells five phones every second,” gushed Fast Company in a profile. Continue reading

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Are You Ready for the Millennial Majority?

If you’re wondering why so much talk lately has been about Millennials, it may be because they’ve just become the majority of the American workforce. It’s true. The offspring of the “forever young” Boomers are taking over. The torch has been passed. There’s no going back. Continue reading

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Secrets of Internal Startup Success

Lately, I’m hearing about more and more organizations establishing internal startups — separate units to build new business models, pursue new markets, create whole new divisions. 3M has one. General Mills does too. Because you’re a reader of Innovation Excellence, chances are good that you could be asked to lead one. Continue reading

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