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Innovation managers are responsible for identifying and developing new ideas and products that will give their company a competitive advantage. They must have a combination of creative and analytical skills, as well as the ability to lead and motivate a team. Here are some key skills that an innovation manager should possess:
1. Strategic Thinking
Innovation managers must have the ability to think strategically, developing long-term plans and strategies that can help their organization stay ahead of the competition. They must be able to identify new opportunities for growth and be able to effectively communicate their ideas to the rest of the organization.
Innovation managers must be able to lead and motivate a team to achieve their goals. They must be able to foster a collaborative environment and ensure that everyone is working together to reach their objectives.
Innovation managers must have strong communication skills in order to effectively convey their ideas and plans to the rest of the organization. They must also be able to effectively listen to their team and be able to provide feedback in a constructive manner.
4. Analytical Skills
Innovation managers must be able to analyze data and make informed decisions. They must be able to identify trends and patterns and use them to their advantage.
Innovation managers must be able to come up with creative solutions to problems. They must be able to think outside the box and come up with innovative ideas that will give their company an edge.
6. Project Management
Innovation managers must be able to manage projects from start to finish. They must be able to effectively prioritize tasks and ensure that deadlines are met.
By possessing these six key skills, an innovation manager can help their organization stay ahead of the competition and achieve their goals. And of course, a good understanding of the concepts in my friend Braden Kelley’s excellent innovation primer Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire will help as well.
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