Author Archives: Robert B Tucker

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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Robert Tucker's 10 Most Innovative Companies

In 2001, Fortune Magazine named Enron the “most innovative company” in the world. Shortly thereafter, the firm erupted in a financial scandal, its leaders were marched off to prison, and the company collapsed. All to say that readers of this newsletter are cautioned to review our inaugural list with a grain of salt. We were motivated to compile this list because we believe the criteria of existing lists too narrow, and therefore incomplete. Continue reading

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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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