Author Archives: Robert B. Tucker

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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True Test of a First Rate Innovator

Tom Peters used to remind executives that it mattered little what they proclaimed to be their top priorities. Instead, the “In Search of Excellence” co-author advised looking at your calendar to reveal your main concerns, because that is where you are spending your time. I thought of Peters’ admonition when reading IBM’s recently-released study of 2500 chief information officers. The ...

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Are You Thinking Ahead of the Curve?

The other day in Cincinnati I met Filippo Passerini, Procter & Gamble’s Chief Information Officer. Fascinating guy. Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Rome. Father of three. Technical mountain climber. And the toast of his organization right now for what he and his troops have been able to accomplish. Passerini was the driving force behind Procter’s radical revamping of ...

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