The conversation today on innovation tends to focus on the corporate level – how can companies prepare themselves, how should they be organized, who are the best of the best, etc. It’s time we take a look at what needs to happen at the individual level (after all this is where “the rubber meets the road” when it comes to successful innovation).
The new innovation framework will require the development of new skills for all players. These new skills will allow individuals (and ultimately companies) to thrive in this new paradigm. A few critical skills that will significantly aid individual innovators are:
- Learn to frame the question properly – When presented with a challenge, too often as individuals we focus immediately on ways to solve that challenge without taking into consideration whether or not it was a well-defined challenge to begin with. Take a step back from the problem you are trying to solve and try to come up with new ways to ask the question. Become skilled in clear oral and written communication. Develop a “Frame and Connect” mindset – these new insights can go a long way to getting to the right answer!
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