Bob Tipton




Denver, CO

(o) 303.797.0180



  • Vision casting
  • Disruptive strategies
  • Cultural assessments / interventions
  • Organizational and team coaching
  • Innovation
  • Team dynamics

Bob at Work:


Bob Tipton is a high-energy, innovative, and insightful transformational change architect, leadership facilitator, keynote speaker, and author who is passionate about helping individuals, groups and entire organizations reach for and achieve exceptional results.


INDUSTRY PREFERENCES:  While the need for transformational change exists everywhere it seems, he specializes in five primary industries: 1) GOVERNMENT (local, state, federal); 2) UTILITIES (water-related primarily); 3) EDUCATION (K-12, higher-ed); 4) HEALTHCARE (provider-based) and 5) NON-PROFITS / FOUNDATIONS.


These industries tend to be institutionalized and bureaucratic — and some may say among the most difficult in which to make change “really” happen. However, he disagrees. Each of these industries also shares a common bond — the desire to serve people. It’s this “kernel” of serving the greater good that he works to reignite, to wake from hibernation, to leverage in helping these organizations move toward greatness in what they do.  Call him naive, call him delusional — it matters not — he LOVES to serve these industries and help them remember the power and joy in what they do.


WORK HISTORY:  In his career to this point, he has been CEO / Principal Change Architect for R S Tipton, PBC (Team Tipton), CEO of an IT-related professional services firm, CIO of a $1B+ distribution company, VP / managing director for the integrated marketing group for a major online agency, VP of corporate capabilities and communications for a significant professional services firm, SVP of a major technology, strategy and creative company, Global vice president of industry technology for a major technology consulting firm, and CTO of a significant IT consulting company.


SPEAKING:  He’s also a popular and entertaining speaker; speaking each year to several international business groups, seminars, conventions, and conferences around the world. Book Him Here as a speaker, you’ll be able to choose among these presentation categories (click here to go to his presentations page): 1) Transformational Change; 2) Leadership; 3) Strategy; and 4) Organizational Development.


WRITER / AUTHOR:  Additionally, he’s an active writer and author. He has written three books, What’s Right, not Who’s Right – A Simple Shift to End the World’s Madness, JUMP! – Get Unstuck, Extraordinary Life Breakthroughs Using Innovative ChangeUntangling IT: 25 Years of Lessons in Effective IT Leadership, he has written more than 300 articles for various business and IT-related publications, he wrote a book related to database implementations, he wrote a chapter for IBM’s book The Business Case for e-Business, he has written more than 20 white papers related to organizational effectiveness issues (more than 500,000 copies distributed worldwide), and he has received numerous awards for his writing (including the Award of Achievement and Award of Merit) from the Society for Technical Communications.


CONNECTIONS:  Finally, he is a past president of the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP), a former instructor for the University of California, Irvine, and a current professional member of the National Speakers Association.

More About Bob


PERSONAL:  “I’ve been married to Debi, my high school sweetheart, since 1979, and we have four kids and two granddaughters.  We’re lucky that all of them live within only about 30 minutes of us — it makes birthdays and holidays pretty wonderful!  I’m a fourth-generation native of Denver, and am proud to call Colorado home.


VOLUNTEERING:  “I am passionate about equipping our kids to succeed in a future we only have fuzzy glimpses of at this point.  Teaching kids how to take tests is COMPLETELY backward — what we need to do is to help kids adapt, to innovate, and to be resilient in the face of challenges.  As such, Debi and I are huge advocates and supporters of a program called Destination Imagination (DI).  DI helps kids to learn and apply creative thinking skills, problem solving, time management, team dynamics, budget management and COMPLETION of projects.  It’s also a transformational program for adult volunteers — because adults aren’t allowed to tell the kids to do anything.  It’s all about the kids doing it themselves.  Isn’t that awesome?


BELIEFS:  “I believe fervently in the VAST goodness of humanity (a few aberrations aside), and seek to drive positive, powerful energy everywhere I go.  Ultimately, the only thing that matters are the people in our lives — our relationships — and treating others as we would like ourselves to be treated is a good starting point.  However, I believe we need to realize that not everyone wants to be treated as we might treat ourselves.


HOPE FOR THE FUTURE:  “Let’s think about this instead:  honor and respect the humanity in everyone, and treat ourselves and others with loving kindness.”


A favorite quote:  “You can accomplish anything in this world, as long as you don’t mind who gets the credit.” (Harry Truman)