Robert Tucker

Robert B. Tucker is president of The Innovation Resource (TIR), and an internationally recognized leader in the field of innovation. Formerly an adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, Tucker has been a consultant and keynote speaker since 1986. His pioneering research in interviewing over 50 leading innovators was published in the book Winning the Innovation Game in l986. Since then, he has published his international bestseller, Managing the Future: 10 Driving Forces of Change for the New Century, which has been translated into 13 languages.

In his book 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, Tucker is a frequent contributor to publications such as the Journal of Business Strategy, Strategy & Leadership, and Harvard Management Update. He has appeared on PBS, CBS News, and was a featured guest on the CNBC series The Business of Innovation.

The Innovation Resource, based in Santa Barbara, California, is a consulting firm devoted exclusively to assisting companies seeking to improve top and bottom line performance via systematic innovation. Robert 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.


Thinking Ahead of the Curve
This keynote, led by global innovation futurist Robert B. Tucker, provides a powerful road map for leaders who want to thrive both personally and professionally in a world of constant change. All too often, Tucker observes, we are too busy managing today’s business, and don’t manage the future effectively. This practical, power-packed, and interactive session is based on Tucker’s proprietary customization research into the issues of your group, and is especially powerful for organizations facing new market entrants, game-changing technologies, and other disruptive challenges. It will leave your audience inspired, optimistic, and ready to take action to seize the opportunities in this exciting time.

Innovation is Everybody’s Business
In this dynamic, interactive presentation, veteran keynoter Robert B. Tucker reveals how the seven essential I-Skills needed to think ahead of the curve, delight and challenge customers and colleagues, slash costs, and achieve unconventional results.

Based on interviews with 43 innovation-adept managers and contributors, Innovation is Everybody’s Business guides you and your team in:

  • Mastering the 7 essential I-Skills needed to become indispensable
  • Unleashing the “mindset, skill-set, and toolset of the innovator” that enable you to anticipate and rise to the challenges your organization faces in a hyper-competitive era
  • Building tools for work-life balance and creating your own job satisfaction

Formats: Can be delivered as a 1 hour keynote, 90 minute general session, or interactive half- or full-day session. Each program is customized to the specific client.

Innovation Boot Camp: Strategies, Tools & Techniques for Breakthrough Results
Innovation has become top priority for organizations and individuals that want to remain competitive and achieve sustainable success and growth. Yet most companies lack a capable team of innovators to achieve these desired breakthroughs. Robert Tucker’s revolutionary Innovation Boot Camp teaches everyone, even with no experience innovating, a strategy for innovation, and walks your team step-by-step through every phase of the innovation cycle. From idea creation, through prototyping and testing, and to the end result of selling your innovation to your customers, your team will go beyond “theory” with exercises designed to produce innovative ideas from start to finish. This surprisingly simple method is ideal for employees that grasp the mechanical “input-output” mentality of modern business, and convert them into highly-creative, and radically innovative, executers.

Driving Growth Through Innovation: How Leading Firms Are Transforming Their Futures
In this dynamic presentation based on three years of in-depth research, Robert B. Tucker will take you and your audience on a guided tour behind the scenes inside 23 Innovation Vanguard companies. You’ll discover their secrets for building innovation into a powerful source of growth, profits, and competitive advantage. You’ll learn unconventional methods to turn innovation into a systematic, imbedded process, and be stimulated to take action in your firm.

Innovative Thinking
Looking for an uplifting, entertaining, audience-involving session for your meeting? This program, based on Tucker’s interviews with over 50 leading innovators, will definitely get the creative juices flowing. Based on the acclaimed book, Winning the Innovation Game and Tucker’s 15 years of experience as a professional speaker, your attendees will leave with powerful, yet surprisingly simple methods for dramatically improved thinking, decision-making and problem solving.

The Intelligent Talk Show
Ever wished there was a way to spice up those important, but often boring, panel discussions at your trade association meeting? Now there is. Recently, some of your fellow meeting planners have embraced an exciting new format, organized and hosted by Robert B. Tucker, that says good-by to snoresville, hello packed house. Panelists become “guests” on a “live show,” and are more animated, more willing to tackle the tough issues that create industry buzz – and keep attendees coming back for more.



Full Biography

Robert B. Tucker is a renowned global futurist, innovation thought leader and highly sought after keynote speaker. With a client list that includes over 200 of the Fortune 500 firms, Tucker’s customized and high energy presentations provide leaders with cutting edge insights, practical advice, and the “innovation mindset, toolset, and skillset” necessary to seize opportunities and profit from today’s rapid changes.

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 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.