Innovation in Training
What does this functional area cover?
Fundamentally, training for innovation revolves around the skills and abilities you can cultivate in your organisation or in your team. These skills and abilities will be used to help your team develop their skills further, ultimately leading them to become better innovators. Studies reveal that some of the top skills and abilities of successful entrepreneurs are the ability to ask questions, the skill of keen observation, being able to experiment and iterate, perspective networking, and the ability to make associations. Questioning, for example, can bring the conversation to a different level, challenge common wisdom, and answer the powerful ‘what if’ scenario. Training teams and leaders to ask powerful questions in the right situations can create a culture shift in any organization. Association, is also another skill that can be enhanced through training, which means being able to see the problem through a new lens that others might not have thought about. Once cultivated on your team, employees will be more proficient at connecting new ideas and perspectives to help solve industry-wide problems or questions. Networking goes hand in hand with the skill of association and can give people the forum and audience to test new ideas and cultivate new ideas and perspectives. This skill can be trained and improved even with the most savvy networkers. Finally, training to the skills of observation and experimentation can create radical shifts in the way people innovate. Allowing for rapid protyping of ideas and intentional observation in companies can produce breakthrough results. Investing in training leaders and teams to cultivate and hone these skills can mean an investment in innovation for the future of the company.
What are the new and emerging areas of Innovation in this area?
There are new and emerging areas of innovation training that are constantly being introduced. For example, some companies are becoming competency-based organizations. This means companies are involving innovation language in their competency work. Leveraging the skills and abilities to underscore the competencies is a way for employees to meet the criteria and grow in role. More and more companies are putting innovation framework into their mission statements. Having the training for employees to enable them to achieve the mission is critical to their success. From a training perspective, companies are also experimenting with augmented reality as well as seeing how current and emerging technology can enhance training. Creating scenarios in augmented reality to build on the skills of observation, experimentation, and networking can create a platform for growth and change.
What new value could Innovation deliver in this area over the next 3-5 years?
Any time you can invest in the growth of your team you are investing in the future of your company. Building and cultivating the skills and abilities of your team can create breakthrough innovation and smaller incremental change. Innovation training is a fundamental aspect that every company should consider over the next 3-5 years. Training your employees can result in numerous rewards, which can ultimately add value to the company. When your employees know there are opportunities for growth and development, they are more likely to stay in their current organisation. Ultimately, training will help improve an employee’s sense of self. When people feel valued and heard, they are able to contribute with a more innovative mindset.