Robert B.Tucker

Best Selling Author "Driving Growth Through Innovation"

Robert B. Tucker is president and founder of The Innovation Resource, and one of the world’s most in demand innovation speakers. Formerly an adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, Tucker has been a consultant and keynote speaker for 25 years.

His pioneering research in interviewing over 50 leading innovators was published in the book Winning the Innovation Game in 1986. Since then, he has continued to publish widely on the subject, including his international bestseller Managing the Future: 10 Driving Forces of Change, which has been translated into 13 languages. In Driving Growth Through Innovation he identified the emerging best practices of 23 innovation vanguard companies. And in his latest work, Innovation Is Everybody’s Business, Tucker interviewed 43 innovation-adept individuals from multiple industries and all levels of organizations, and teaches the personal skills necessary to become an innovator in this hyper-competitive world.”

As one of the thought leaders in the growing Innovation Movement, Robert Tucker is a frequent contributor to publications such as the Journal of Business Strategy, Strategy & Leadership, and The Futurist. He has appeared on PBS, CBS News, and was a featured guest on the CNBC series The Business of Innovation.

Tucker is a much sought after keynote speaker at conventions, company management meetings, and industry conferences. Clients include over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies as well as clients in Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Australia. To book innovation speaker, Robert Tucker call Executive Speakers Bureau 800-754-9404.

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Creativity, Innovation

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    California

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    $15,000 - $20,000

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Robert B. Tucker on "Driving Growth Through Innovation"

Robert B. Tucker is president and founder of The Innovation Resource, and one of the world’s most in demand innovation speakers. Formerly an adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, Tucker has been a consultant and keynote speaker for 25 years.

His pioneering research in interviewing over 50 leading innovators was published in the book Winning the Innovation Game in 1986. Since then, he has continued to publish widely on the subject, including his international bestseller Managing the Future: 10 Driving Forces of Change, which has been translated into 13 languages. In Driving Growth Through Innovation he identified the emerging best practices of 23 innovation vanguard companies. And in his latest work, Innovation Is Everybody’s Business, Tucker interviewed 43 innovation-adept individuals from multiple industries and all levels of organizations, and teaches the personal skills necessary to become an innovator in this hyper-competitive world.”

As one of the thought leaders in the growing Innovation Movement, Robert Tucker is a frequent contributor to publications such as the Journal of Business Strategy, Strategy & Leadership, and The Futurist. He has appeared on PBS, CBS News, and was a featured guest on the CNBC series The Business of Innovation.

Tucker is a much sought after keynote speaker at conventions, company management meetings, and industry conferences. Clients include over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies as well as clients in Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Australia. To book innovation speaker, Robert Tucker call Executive Speakers Bureau 800-754-9404.

Driving Growth through Innovation: How Leading Firms Are Transforming Their Futures

When was the last time you focused on upgrading your ability to conceive and introduce new product, service, process and strategy ideas? Could it be that you are using yesterday’s methods to manage today’s complex marketplace challenges?
This dynamic, example-filled presentation, will give you an overview of the important findings reported in Tucker’s bestseller, Driving Growth through Innovation. Tucker will take you and your colleagues on a guided tour inside 23 Innovation Vanguard companies. You’ll discover cutting edge methods for building innovation into a powerful source of growth, profits, and competitive advantage. You’ll learn unconventional approaches for turning innovation into a systematic, imbedded process, and be motivated to take action in your firm.

Innovation is Everybody’s Business

Organizations the world over are ever increasingly in need of high potential managers and individual contributors with the abilities and skills to get new projects done. While professionals with functional skills are in abundant supply, those with Innovation Skills are emerging as the most valuable talent of all in today’s hypercompetitive age.

In this practical, highly interactive personal development session, global innovation guru and bestselling author Robert B. Tucker reveals the powerful tools and strategies to help you and your employees hone their ability to spot emerging opportunities, seize the initiative, add value, and create unconventional solutions.

Intelligent Talk Show

Have you ever wished there was a way to spice up those important – but often boring – panel discussions at your association or company meeting? Now there is: Recently some of your fellow meeting professionals have retired that drab, draped table with the squeaky microphones and the hunched over panelists. Instead, they have introduced an exciting new format, produced and hosted by Robert B. Tucker, that we refer to as “The Intelligent Talk Show.” Result: Good-by snoresville. Hello packed house. With the talk show format:

  • Panelists become “guests” on a “live” show and are more animated, lively and better prepared to get their message across
  • Guests are more willing to tackle the tough issues that create industry buzz, and keep attendees coming back next year
  • The “talk show” often shows up in meeting evaluations as the highlight of the entire convention


Innovation Workshops: Strategies, Tools & Techniques for Breakthrough Results

In this ground breaking workshop, Robert Tucker guides your team through the step-by-step process of developing innovative ideas. Beginning with strategy, Robert Tucker takes you on an aerial tour of the entire process of innovation with his custom Tucker Innovation Model. Along the way, pivotal steps in the process will be addressed and issues that arise that are typically overlooked by naïve innovators will be studied diligently to avoid such common pitfalls.


CAE Pet Industry Distributors Association

“Many speakers claim to custom tailor their presentations to the organization or industry for whom they are speaking. It has been my experience that few actually do. You are certainly an exception. Your use of specific examples gleaned from your conversations with our members, as well as the custom slides, really made an impact on our attendees.”

President GE Capital

“Considering the challenges ahead of us, your message and insights regarding innovation couldn’t have been more appropriate. ”

Manager Chevron IT

“You lit up the crowd! Our people are energized with enthusiasm to work together and drive a stronger innovation culture and deliver new business value.”

Ex-Officio Chair 3M Marketing Communications Conference

“Excellent presentation at the recent 3M Marketing Communications Conference... numerous helpful insights for all of us to take back to our workaday worlds.”

Tucker’s Top 10 Worlds Most Innovative Companies
Thursday, January 22, 2015

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. Some focus solely on patents (Thompson Reuters), R&D spend (Booz and Co.), 3 year financial performance (BCG), “innovation premium” (Forbes) and in one case a popularity poll amongst the magazine’s editorial staff (Fast Company). Fair enough on the subjectivity, but we believe additional criteria are also important: visionary leadership, innovation culture, customer delight, corporate reputation (sorry Amazon, but you dropped quite badly here in 2014), unique business model, and sustainable process for innovation.

Contributing to this article were: researchers Patrick Sonsteng, Tim Michaelis, and Caley Thomas. Reviewing our handiwork: Bart Tucker, Sam Dolan and Dr. Gary Byrne.

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The Five Hottest Innovation Tools
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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.

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The 6 Hottest Innovation Trends
Thursday, May 8, 2014

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 swap ideas with practitioners and fellow consultants that I don’t often get to see, and spot emerging trends. In preparation for next week’s event, here’s my take on the most significant trends shaping the innovation field in 2014. I’ll let you know in future editions of this newsletter which ones I left out.

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