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

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 23, 2010 - Business & Economics - 208 pages
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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Contents

The ISkill Principles Innovation Is Not
11
Your Personal Innovation Strategy
23
The Seven Fundamental ISkills
45
Become an Assumption Assaulter
65
Cultivate a Passion for the
91
Think Ahead of the Curve
105
Become an Idea Factory
125
Become a Standout Collaborator
147
Build the BuyIn for New Ideas
167
Notes
181
Acknowledgments
187
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ROBERT B. TUCKER is one of the most in-demand innovation speakers and workshop leaders in the world today. Since 1986, he has coached and consulted managers, executives, and entire teams at organizations ranging from IBM to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to Nokia. President of The Innovation Resource Consulting Group, with clients in 35 countries, Tucker is the author of six books, including the bestselling Managing the Future: 10 Driving Forces of Change for the New Century and Driving Growth Through Innovation. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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