Robert Tucker

Change Management, Creativity, Futurists, Innovation

Travels from Santa Barbara, California, USA

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Robert Tucker Profile

Having studied the topic of innovation and the world’s greatest innovators for over three decades, Robert B. Tucker has been an adjunct professor at UCLA and is currently president of The Innovation Resource, a consulting firm whose raison d’être is to assist companies wishing to improve their performance across the board through innovation.

Tucker’s bestselling book Winning the Innovation Game was based on his interviews with over 50 leading innovators. His other popular book is Managing the Future: 10 Driving Forces of Change for the New Century, which is now available in 13 languages.

Much sought after for his insights into the global innovation movement, Tucker frequently appears in the pages of the Journal of Business Strategy, Strategy & Leadership and Harvard Management Update. They featured guest on the PBS series, Taking the Lead, he has also appeared on CNBC and CBS News, amongst others.

Tucker has been asked to speak at conferences and company convocations across the globe, to Fortune 500 companies and national and international trade associations. Taiwan’s Economic Development Ministry and the Japan Marketing Association are among the organizations that have used his services as a consultant.

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    Robert B. Tucker is a renowned global futurist and innovation guru with a client list that includes over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies. Founder and president of Innovation Resource Consulting Group, Tucker is an internationally recognized thought leader in the field of strategic foresight and innovation.

    A former adjunct professor at UCLA, Robert’s latest book, Innovation Is Everybody’s Business: Making Yourself Indispensable in Today’s Hypercompetitive World, reveals the Seven Innovation Skills that are rapidly becoming essential to navigating one’s career and business in today’s hypercompetitive world. His customized, high-energy presentations provide leaders with cutting-edge insights, practical advice, and reveal the “innovation mindset, toolset, and skillset” necessary to seize opportunities and profit from today’s rapid changes. His international bestseller, Managing the Future: 10 Driving Forces of Change, has been translated into over 17 languages.

    Considered one of the founding thought leaders in the growing Innovation Movement, Tucker is the publisher of Innovation-Trends and is a frequent contributor to such publications as Forbes, Strategy & Leadership, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Innovation Excellence, and other publications. 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 is a recipient of the prestigious Brand Personality Award by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation for outstanding contributions to the field of innovation.

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Robert Tucker offers a series of presentations on innovation. Using three years of full-time, devoted research, he guides his audiences through the internal workings of 23 Innovation Vanguard companies, demonstrating how innovation can be fostered in any organization.

Many companies are finding that they do not have enough internal innovators in their workforce; Tucker has a presentation which gives his audiences the tools and strategies to make current employees into productive innovators.

Tucker also offers an exciting new take on the panel discussion, with panelists becoming “guests” on a “live show” which offers an exciting and stimulating diversion for your audience and makes the important points of the discussion far more likely to stick.


In the post-pandemic world of business, organizations and their leaders are rising rapidly or falling fast based on their ability to anticipate and creatively respond to rapid and often disruptive change. By mastering the strategies outlined in this presentation, sudden shifts in customer requirements, technological developments, and other trends can be mitigated and turned to advantage. This powerful session explores the leadership skills essential during times of extreme challenge and uncertainty and will provide you and your management team powerful new tools for turning uncertainty into clarity, and clarity into innovation agility.


Organizations are increasingly in need of high potential managers and individual contributors with the abilities and mindset to get new projects done. While professionals with functional and technical skills are valued, those with Innovation Skills are emerging as the most sought-after talent in today’s hyper-competitive age. In this practical, inspiring and highly interactive personal development session, Tucker explores powerful tools and strategies to help you and your colleagues hone your ability to seize emerging opportunities, develop new revenue sources, add value, and create unconventional solutions.


This dynamic, example-filled keynote will give you an overview of the important findings reported in Tucker’s ground-breaking book, Driving Growth Through Innovation. Tucker will take you and your colleagues behind the scenes inside the Innovation Vanguard companies. You’ll discover the latest methods for building innovation into a powerful source of growth, profits, and competitive advantage.


Have you ever wished there was a way to spice up those important, but often boring, panel discussions at your big meeting? With the Intelligent Talk Show 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 the “talk show” often shows up in meeting evaluations as the highlight of the entire conference.


In these practical, highly customized two and three-day innovation workshops, Robert Tucker guides you and your team through a step-by-step process of developing innovation capability in your company. Tucker helps you identify what you and your organization must do to create and implement a systematic, sustainable process of innovation to out-think and out-perform the competition. Tucker delves deeply into the issues of your present culture and helps you master the essential elements necessary to Cultivate a Culture of Risk-taking, and how to Make Innovation Everybody’s Business.


Looking for an alternative way to bring Robert Tucker’s powerful ideas to your group or organization? An ever increasing number of our corporate and association clients are using online webinars to extend the impact of a live presentation, or deliver innovation training online for employees. If you would like to explore how a customized innovation webinar could advance your group’s objectives, we’d love to hear from you.

What People are Saying about Seeing Robert Speak

Rating Entries

“Attendees were left with thought provoking and actionable ideas and everyone seemed to really value his sessions.”
– Ken Wilson, NAMM, International Music Products Association

“Tremendous presentation! It was prefect for our customer meeting and I was so pleased with the word of mouth feedback we have received.”
– John Poliot,

“Right on target. Our people will remember your message long after our event is over.”
– Scott Dougall, General Manager, IBM Global Services

“Your keynote helped set the stage for our symposium by addressing the theme with wisdom, energy, humor and countless examples that we could all relate to.”
Wade Lovelace, Amgen, Inc. Biotechnology

“Excellent presentation… provided helpful insights for all of us to take back to our workaway world and use.”
J.D. Borowski, Divisional Vice President 3M

“Upbeat, informative, spirited – thank you for a quality performance at this year’s World Congress in San Diego.”
Hazel Pankey, IDRC Conference Manager

“The ‘Power Hour’ talk show you hosted has been the talk of the town…your professionalism, energy and humor added tremendously to the success of this event.”
Jane Peverett, President and CEO, Union Gas Toronto

“Robert Tucker’s presentation has impressed our senior and regional managers and they would love to have him back here again to speak to other groups.”

– Daisy Chan, Citibank Hong Kong

“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, Chevron

“In these fast moving times, it’s difficult to keep a person’s attention, let alone a salesperson’s. Robert not only captivated our Ad Sales Group with his marketing insights and anecdotes; he spurred further thought that will lead to hard and fast sales.”

– Lisabeth Hayes, Home & Garden Television

“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 your provided the team will pay dividends for our organization in the future.”

– Franklin Small, Johnson & Johnson

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Books by Robert Tucker:

    Innovation is Everybody′s Business: How to Make Yourself Indispensable in Today′s Hypercompetitive World

    Innovation isn′t something you do after you get your work done. It′s how you do your work.

    Organizations all over the world are shedding jobs in record numbers. Yet today, they are desperately in need of people with the abilities and skills to think ahead of the curve, delight customers, motivate colleagues, slash costs, and achieve unconventional results.

    In this practical road map to becoming irreplaceable, global innovation guru and bestselling author Robert B. Tucker reveals why honing your I-Skills (Innovation Skills) may be the smartest career move you′ll make. Based on interviews with forty-three innovation-adept managers and individual contributors, Innovation Is Everybody′s Business guides you in:

    • Mastering the seven essential I-Skills you need to become indispensable
    • Unleashing the “mindset, skillset, and toolset of the innovator” that enable you to anticipate and rise to the challenges your organization faces in a hypercompetitive era
    • Developing your Personal Innovation Strategy to address the critical components of becoming irreplaceable
    • Assaulting your assumptions at the personal, organizational, and industry levels
    • Building tools for work-life balance and creating your own job satisfaction

    If you′re ready to stop talking about innovation and start adding value today – in your job, department or organization – you′re ready to read and benefit from the powerful message of Innovation is Everybody′s Business.

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    Driving Growth Through Innovation

    Business managers know that cost-cutting measures cannot create long-term growth. Greater revenues require sustained innovation. In this book, Robert B. Tucker provides a practical method any business can use to identify opportunities and encourage innovations that capitalize on them.

    Readers learn to create an environment that nurtures and rewards innovation; to ensure that creative ideas lead to breakthroughs; and to analyze and predict the future of their industry and their customers. Numerous case studies explore companies that have excelled at innovative thinking, detailing how their methods, procedures, and corporate cultures create sustained success.

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