Build a Better Innovation Team

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No matter how great your idea, your innovation effort will fall apart if the wrong team executes it. Here are three steps for hiring a team that will help you achieve breakthroughs:

  • Focus on skills. Start by asking “What skills do we need?” not “Who do we know?” or “Who is available?”
  • Tailor job descriptions. Don’t be hindered by your company’s hiring practices. Create custom titles and descriptions for the task at hand.
  • Rethink hierarchy. Put the most important people at the top of the pecking order, regardless of their title or tenure. For example, if you’re taking your business digital, put your IT specialists at the top.

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