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Innovation Careers

July 4th, 2010

The only think constant in life is change.  As unsolved project inventories grow due to the limitations of known skills, companies CI programs face the challenge of looking differently at problems.  The natural path is to look at Innovation tools.  I’d like to share an article from Harvard Business Review regarding Innovation (http://hbr.org/2009/12/create-three-distinct-career-paths-for-innovators/ar/1).  Innovation is a very broad topic but one that is certainly touching on CI professionals.  The article’s basic principle is that Innovation career paths can be structured with different skills and experiences.  The introduction of innovation skills in a CI professional’s career can be similarly structured.  This is different from what is offered in the market today.  Today you have Introduction courses, basically an awareness session, and deep dives for those seeking a sophisticated level of expertise.  If you are increasing your efforts around Innovation, you may encounter the challenge of creating a set of applicable tools according to the problems an individual encounters.   I found the article thought provoking and thought I’d share it.

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