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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KevinSmith324
KevinSmith324

Definitely a great article. To go one step further, I have recently read a study by van Woerkom and Sanders highlighting various factors that allow for team performance improvement. That ultimately shows the value of people management, notably regarding innovation: http://www.consultingcafe.com/...

KevinSmith324
KevinSmith324

Definitely a great article. To go one step further, I have recently read a study by van Woerkom and Sanders highlighting various factors that allow for team performance improvement. That ultimately shows the value of people management, notably regarding innovation: http://www.consultingcafe.com/...

KevinSmith324
KevinSmith324

Definitely a great article. To go one step further, I have recently read a study by van Woerkom and Sanders highlighting various factors that allow for team performance improvement. That ultimately shows the value of people management, notably regarding innovation: http://www.consultingcafe.com/...

Julia Williams
Julia Williams

Definitely a great article. To go one step further, I have recently read a study by van Woerkom and Sanders highlighting various factors that allow for team performance improvement. That ultimately shows the value of people management, notably regarding innovation: http://www.consultingcafe.com/...

Julia Williams
Julia Williams

Definitely a great article. To go one step further, I have recently read a study by van Woerkom and Sanders highlighting various factors that allow for team performance improvement. That ultimately shows the value of people management, notably regarding innovation: http://www.consultingcafe.com/...

Julia Williams
Julia Williams

Definitely a great article. To go one step further, I have recently read a study by van Woerkom and Sanders highlighting various factors that allow for team performance improvement. That ultimately shows the value of people management, notably regarding innovation: http://www.consultingcafe.com/...

Julia Williams
Julia Williams

Definitely a great article. To go one step further, I have recently read a recent study by van Woerkom and Sanders highlighting various factors that allow for team performance improvement. That ultimately shows the value of people management, notably for innovative teams: http://www.consultingcafe.com/...