Author Archives: Robert B. Tucker

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?

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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.

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Selling Your Innovation Ideas

A Critical Executive Skill Chances are you are required, on a regular basis, to sell ideas. Time and again in my work as an innovation coach, I see that the ability to build the buy-in for our ideas is a key determinant of success, both internally and externally. How can you improve your skills in this vital arena? Here are ...

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Caution! Innovator Crossing

Are You Indispensable at Work? In a time of economic disruption, unprecedented downsizings, budgetary cutbacks and the constant pressure to outsource more and more routine functions (and the employees who perform them), advice on professional survival always seems to convey the same tired message: Be visible. Don’t make enemies. Brown nose the boss. And work even harder. In reality, you ...

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Stepping Off the Hamster Wheel

How to Stay Creative Even When You’re Insanely Busy by Robert B. Tucker IBM’s survey of global CEOs gives us a rare insight into where leaders heads are at right now. Asked to name the most important leadership quality they need (but are hard-pressed to find), 1,541 CEOs, general managers and senior public sector leaders in 60 countries cited “creativity” ...

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Make Innovation Everybody’s Business

“People around here wait to be told what to do,” grumbled the CEO of a billion dollar foods company the other day, just as I was about to speak to his managers. “But things are changing so rapidly in our markets that I can’t possibly come up with all the good ideas. I need ideas from everybody and frankly I’m ...

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