Robert's Rules of Innovation: A 10-Step Program for Corporate Survival

Robert F. Brands with Martin J. Kleinman

Wiley,  March 2010

Innovation, the key to your company's survival, must be encoded in your corporate DNA. It is an imperative -- because you can bet your competitors are going at Innovation full-throttle.

Robert's Rules of Innovation: A 10-Step Program for Corporate Survival chronicles decades' worth of collective, invaluable experience contributed by Innovation guru Robert Brands and his international network of Innovate-For-Success experts. Much like Robert's Rules of Order, which created order from chaos in meetings around the world, Robert's Rules of Innovation sets a new standard for "doing" Innovation, equipping you with the principles needed to:

  • Inspire, lead, and drive the process
  • Manage risk, without letting fear of failure kill innovation
  • Create a formalized New Product Development (NPD) process -- an absolute must
  • Convince others to work outside their comfort zone
  • Build value for your Innovation
  • Instill accountability -- one of the most important of Robert's Rules of Innovation
  • Properly hire, train, and coach -- to create, reinforce, and enhance your company's culture and mindset
  • Stay open to new ideas
  • Observe, measure, and track NPD results -- essential to optimal ROI
  • Grow profitably, which benefits shareholders, stakeholders, employees, customers, and consumers
Let's face it, whether you manage a multinational company or an entrepreneurial start-up, or if you are a manufacturer, distributor, service provider, supplier, retailer, or a not-for-profit, the pressures today -- in terms of time, budget, everything -- are unprecedented in our lifetimes. Robert's Rules of Innovation introduces you to easy-to-implement, immediately useful world-class guidance for starting, nurturing, and profiting from a culture of sustained innovation in the work environment.

Get passionate about creativity. Prepare to unleash your team's abilities. Create the next home-run new product. Do it all with the high-performance ideas found in Robert's Rules of Innovation.

hardcover | ISBN: 9780470596999 | Publication Date: March 2010

"One surefire way to develop a compelling, competitive advantage is through Innovation. Every company needs this well-crafted blueprint to Innovation success."
--Jaynie Smith, coauthor, Creating Competitive Advantage and President, Smart Advantage, Inc.

"I like Robert's Rules of Innovation because it provides practical guidelines for ensuring successful Innovation. The author's vast experience with Innovation projects provides context for understanding the challenges innovators are facing and how they can be overcome to become successful innovators."
--Han Gerrits, CEO, Innovation Factory, and Professor, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

"I hate rulebooks. But I love Robert's Rules of Innovation. This highly practical book, with its hands-on advice and detailed guidelines, is guaranteed to help you turn Innovation from the enigmatic into the systematic."
--Rowan Gibson, coauthor, Innovation to the Core

"Innovation: easy to talk about, hard to execute. Robert Brands teaches us not only how to create the conditions in which Innovation occurs, but how to verify that we've done our job at each stage. No business can truly compete without vibrant Innovation. Robert's Rules of Innovation shows us how to get there and -- most importantly -- how to be consistent at it. Highly recommended."
--Peter Firestein, author, Crisis of Character: Building Corporate Reputation in the Age of Skepticism

"As corporations understand more and more that consumers own brands, Robert's Rules of Innovation brings the road map on how to deliver the new ideas people want to the market place."
--Marc Gobe, President, Emotional Branding LLC and bestselling author, Emotional Branding