Innovation is a skill, competency, unrelated mostly to IQ or creativity. In fact if an organization is serious about developing a full fledged competency map around innovation, I thought it might be well worth to spell out some skills that I have seen commonly across, and Clayton Christensen’s framework comes handy…
- Associating: Skill to combine and force fit seemingly different objects/ideas/concepts across domains
- Networking: Skill to relate and work with people for a problem/idea
- Questioning: Skill to doubt and question status quo, just being plain curious
- Experimenting: Skill to stretch existing boundaries with new unaccomplished trials
- Observing: Skill to spot patterns and anomalies
There is always this evolutionary potential given any web plot to define layers of maturity on all skills. Usually there are 2 ways to look at this as well,
- The Scale, is the skill set of individual resulting in minor improvement, major improvement, new line of business, etc. Most people today are happy with incremental or disruptive, but I am more comfortable with a gradual scale.
- The Depth, is the skill allowing us to design better experiments, identify trends earlier than competition, build differentiated organizational capabilities and the like.