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5 Reflections on Innovation Talent

by Stefan Lindegaard
June 23, 20146/23/14 3 Comments

I have been reading some interesting articles recently on talents; how to spot them and how to develop them in a fast-changing world. Here you get 5 reflections on this in the context of innovation.

• Future versus past: What are the traditional competencies that innovators were hired for in your organization? Must hires today are based on competencies, but the future of hiring will move towards potential. If you don’t really know the competencies – in the context of innovation – that your company has hired for so far then it will become more difficult to make the shift towards hiring for potential.

• Adaptability is key – but in what direction?: Organizations – as well as the talent – must know what they must adapt towards. How can you get – and maintain – an overview and/or direction for the internal and external factors and trends that impact your innovation efforts and capabilities?

• Future innovation leaders create communities. More and more innovation work will happen in communities; internally as well as externally and in many hybrid forms. Making communities work will be a key skill to look for in future talent.

• Build the right conditions and frameworks: There are no blue prints or off-the-shelf solutions on how to make innovation work in big companies. It’s becoming more and more about creating the right conditions and frameworks for this to happen. You need to let talent roam more freely.

• Future innovators are intelligent in many ways: It’s no longer enough just to be strong on technology or products; you also need to understand the value that other people and functions bring to the innovation process. Here it might be relevant to look at the different types of intelligence that exist and look into how this insight could work for the hiring and development of innovation talent.

Currently there are "3 comments" on this Article:

  1. laretal says:

    You can add diversity. You need different backgrounds, attitudes and competencies in your team. If they are all creative types then nothing gets implemented – so you need doers as well as thinkers.

    Paul Sloane

    • Stefan Lindegaard says:

      Hi Paul, agree – diversity is already an important topic, but it will become even more important in the coming years.

  2. montfort says:

    Competency and adpatability tend to reflect on existing asset /culture …my little experience is that you would prefer disruptive thinking / actitud, that most of the time have dificulty to adapt to the organization, or out of the frame thinking which suppose that the company has cleared a direction to go for…
    I fully support the idea that innovation will come from communities but in the same way that we do not dedicate time to innovation are we organized for it?

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