A former adjunct professor at UCLA, Tucker’s pioneering research in identifying the critical attributes of innovators became the acclaimed book, Winning the Innovation Game. His international bestseller, Managing the Future: 10 Driving Forces of Change, has been translated into over 17 languages. In Driving Growth Through Innovation, Tucker identifies the emerging best practices of Innovation Vanguard Firms who are pioneering transformational approaches to inventing the future of innovation. In his latest book, Innovation Is Everybody’s Business: Making Yourself Indispensable in Today’s Hypercompetitive World, Tucker reveals the Seven Innovation Skills that are rapidly becoming essential to sustaining success in today’s hypercompetitive world.
Considered one of the founding thought leaders in the growing Innovation Movement, Tucker is publisher of InnovationTrends Monthly, and a frequent contributor to such publications as The Futurist, Strategy & Leadership, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Huffington Post and numerous other outlets. He has appeared on CBS News, Channel News Asia, Bloomberg, Network 18 India, the PBS series Taking the Lead, and was a featured guest on the CNBC series The Business of Innovation.
A multi-year winner of the Top Five Speaker hall of fame, Tucker was awarded the prestigious Brand Personality Award by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation for outstanding contributions to the field of innovation.
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Thinking Ahead of the Curve
Robert B. Tucker is a renowned global futurist, innovation thought leader and sought after keynote speaker whose client list includes over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies. This program has been requested by trade associations and organizations in over 50 countries, and is based on Tucker’s bestselling book, Managing the Future: 10 Driving Forces of Change, which has been translated into over 17 languages.
This keynote (or longer session) provides a powerful road map for business leaders who want to drive organic growth, differentiate products and services in a commoditized world, and thrive amidst the chaos of industry disruption. All too often, Tucker observes, we are too busy managing today’s business, and don’t manage the future effectively. The powerful strategies revealed in this presentation show you how to manage both by using the Tucker Innovation Model to leapfrog the competition and outthink the disruptors. Topics addressed include: How to spot and seize emerging technological, economic, regulatory, demographic, lifestyle and social trends. And how to use them as stepping stones to growth, profit and competitive advantage.
This practical, power-packed session is designed based on Tucker’s proprietary industry (or company) customization research, and is especially powerful for industries facing new competitive threats, game-changing technologies, new market entrants, and disruptive challenges. It will leave your audience inspired and hopeful, with actionable ideas and concepts, and charged up to seize the opportunities in this exciting time.
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.
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.
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
“Tremendous presentation yesterday! It was perfect for our customer meeting and I was so pleased with the word of mouth feedback we have received.”
– Mr. John Pouliot
Senior Manager, Monster.com
“… great feedback from my colleagues about your presentation. The team enjoyed your interactive presentation style and the audience was engaged throughout. The presentation was 100% to our expectations and I believe the inspiration you provided the team will pay dividends for our organization in the future.”
– Franklin Small
Director Customer Communications Center
Johnson & Johnson
“Robert Tucker was, I’ll say, perfect! He really lit up the crowd, and judging by all the chatter at the conference following, he sparked a lot of thoughts on building innovation culture.”
– Ray Buschmann
Manager Marketing Solutions
Chevron Global Lubricants
“Wow! You did a great job working with the group, focusing on innovation within designing new ways to win and support our customers.”
– Heide Kraus
Manager of Education Programs
Association of Equipment Manufacturers
Virtuoso International Symposium
St. Petersburg, Russia
“…your presentation was a galvanizing force…I know that it generated a lot of stimulating conversations among our members and all of the comments that I have heard have been overwhelmingly positive.”
– Mr. Matthew D. Upchurch, CTC, CEO
Industrial Asset Management Professional Forum
San Diego, California, USA
“Driving Growth Through Innovation was a timely and especially appropriate message for today’s business leaders…your comments were applicable to all businesses and industries. In addition to being informative, the case studies enhanced the audience’s understanding of your overall message.”
– Ms. Hazel J. Pankey
Director, Conference Programs
IAMC (Industrial Asset Management Council)
Easter Seals Training Conference
Chicago, Illinois, USA
“Thank you. Thank you. You truly hit the mark and our conference participants were abuzz—thinking about things you’d said and how they will make a point of taking Doug moments, if not Doug days, to free up their thinking.”
– Ms. Sara Brewster
Vice President, Marketing Communications
JobDiva, Inc. User’s Conference
New York, New York, USA
“The conference was a huge success and we had incredible feedback from our clients…thank you for helping us kick off our first User Conference with such success. The first session sets the tone and you were fabulous.”
– Ms. Alexis Kruel
Chief of Staff
“Your keynote set the stage for our Symposium by addressing the theme with wisdom, energy, humor and countless examples that we could all relate to. It has been a pleasure working with you and your staff.”
– J. Wade Lovelace
Clinical Development Symposium Committee
“Robert Tucker combines knowledge, speaking skills and energy to give a great presentation. You hit it out of the ball park with your high energy “Driving Growth Through Innovation” presentation.”
– Stephen Gold
Vice President, National Association of Manufacturers
Bank of New York Mellon Leadership Summit
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
“Our management team was absolutely thrilled with the message you delivered on innovation. You can be assured you will be hearing from us again! And, I personally have seen a difference in the way our team is thinking and talking about innovation and what it means to our business and to our clients. It was such an important education for us all.”
– Ms. Ann Piacentini
“Your successful session on innovation got the meeting off to a terrific start and laid the groundwork for the best retreat in years.”
– Deborah Dunn
“…superbly presented, your comments stimulated the imagination and helped us look at ways our organization can achieve peak performance.”
– Mike Harrington
“Robert’s presentation has impressed our seniors and regional managers during the Quality Conference and they would love to have him back here again to speak to other groups.”
– Daisy Chan
Vice President, Corporate Quality
Citibank, N.A. Hong Kong
“We wish to formally congratulate you on an outstanding and informative presentation on driving top and bottom line performance through systematic innovation. You successfully demonstrated valuable concepts that showed our audience how to profit from today’s rapid changes.”
– Edith Ritter
Manufacturing Resource Center Pennsylvania
“Robert takes his responsibilities as a speaker very seriously and does his homework. Attendees were left with thought provoking and actionable ideas and everyone seemed to really value his sessions.”
– Mr. Ken Wilson
Director of Professional Development
NAMM, the International Music Products Association
“Managing the Future is a lucid, practical guide to total quality in business. There is no enterprise that would not benefit by responding to these Driving Forces of Change.”
Andy S. Grove
Chairman, Intel Corporation