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

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Whatever your position or industry, your ability to innovate-to problem solve, experiment, create ideas, drive growth, collaborate, and add value-gives you a personal competitive advantage that can never be outsourced.

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Overview

Whatever your position or industry, your ability to innovate-to problem solve, experiment, create ideas, drive growth, collaborate, and add value-gives you a personal competitive advantage that can never be outsourced.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470891742
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction: How to Make Yourself Indispensable in Today's Hypercompetitive World vii

Part I Unleashing the Indispensable You 1

Chapter 1 Make Innovation Your Business 3

Differentiating Yourself in the Age of Disruption, Downsizing, and Discontinuity

Chapter 2 The I-Skill Principles: Innovation Is Not 11

Something You Do After You Get Your Work Done; It's How You Approach Your Work

Chapter 3 Your Personal Innovation Strategy 23

Four Critical Components for Making Yourself Harder to Replace

Part 2 The Seven Fundamental I-Skills 45

I-Skill #1 Embrace the Opportunity Mindset 47

Add Value to Every Task and Project

I-Skill #2 Become an Assumption Assaulter 65

Blast Away at Personal, Organizational, and Industry Notions that Block Progress

I-Skill #3 Cultivate a Passion for the End Customer 91

Everything You Create Is Your Product and Every Product Has a Customer

I-Skill #4 Think Ahead of the Curve 105

Notice Trends, Anticipate Threats, and Discover Hidden Opportunities

I-Skill #5 Become an Idea Factory 125

How to Produce an Abundance of Great Ideas Even If You Don't Think You Are Creative

I-Skill #6 Become a Standout Collaborator 147

Galvanize Teams and Departments to Get New Initiatives Done

I-Skill #7 Build the Buy-In for New Ideas 167

Tools and Techniques for Selling Your Innovations to Co-Workers, the Boss, and the End Customer

Notes l81

Acknowledgments 187

About the Author l89

Index 191

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