Can innovation be cultivated in an employee? We believe it can and innovation-as-a-skill makes it possible. Let’s define what we mean by this concept. First, a skill is the learned ability to carry out a task with pre-determined results often within a given amount of time, energy or both. Second, innovation is a new idea, a more effective device or process. It can be viewed as the application of better solutions. When you break it down to its simplest form, innovation-as-a-skill is a learned ability to apply better solutions.
Here are 7 fundamentals of Innovation-as-a-Skill:
- Co-creation – bringing different parties together in order to jointly produce a mutually valued outcome
- Continuous Engagement through Iterative Prototyping – working with customers or stakeholders to advance solutions by creating, testing, analyzing, learning and continuously evolving
- Confidence – trusting in oneself and abilities
- Empathy — the ability to understand and share the feelings of another
- Acceptance of Impermanence – consenting that nothing is permanent and things are constantly changing
- Fear Management — a process to control one’s reaction to uncertainty
- Solutions-oriented Attitude – Belief that there are possible solutions to a problem
48 Innovate cultivates these fundamentals within employees and helps them create successful value-generating plans for organizations in less than 48 hours. We have brought $280M in impact to our clients, which provides quantifiable proof that this platform develops innovation-as-a-skill that delivers REAL value for organizations.
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