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 indispensableUnleashing the mindset, skillset, and toolset of the innovator that enable you to anticipate and rise to the challenges your organization faces in a hypercompetitive eraDeveloping your Personal Innovation Strategy to address the critical components of becoming irreplaceableAssaulting your assumptions at the personal, organizational, and industry levelsBuilding 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.
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.
Introduction: How to Make Yourself Indispensable in Today's Hypercompetitive World. Part 1: Unleashing the Indispensable You. Chapter 1: Make Innovation Your Business: Differentiating Yourself in the Age of Disruption, Downsizing, and Discontinuity. Chapter 2: The I-Skill Principles: Innovation Is Not Something You Do After You Get Your Work Done; It's How You Approach Your Work. Chapter 3: Your Personal Innovation Strategy: Four Critical Components for Making Yourself Harder to Replace. Part 2: The Seven Fundamental I-Skills. I-Skill #1: Embrace the Opportunity Mindset. Add Value to Every Task and Project. I-Skill #2: Become an Assumption Assaulter. Blast Away at Personal, Organizational, and Industry Notions that Block Progress. I-Skill #3: Cultivate a Passion for the End Customer. Everything You Create Is Your Product and Every Product Has a Customer. I-Skill #4: Think Ahead of the Curve. Notice Trends, Anticipate Threats, and Discover Hidden Opportunities. I-Skill #5: Become an Idea Factory. How to Produce an Abundance of Great Ideas Even If You Don t Think You Are Creative. I-Skill #6: Become a Standout Collaborator. Galvanize Teams and Departments to Get New Initiatives Done. I-Skill #7: Build the Buy-In for New Ideas. Tools and Techniques for Selling Your Innovations to Co-Workers, the Boss, and the End Customer. Notes. Acknowledgments. About the Author. Index.