Smart things are all the rage. Smart phones. Smart TVs. Smart homes. Smart cars. Smart appliances. Smart wearables. Smart manufacturing. Just enter the word smart plus a couple of random letters into your search engine and you’ll find millions of search suggestions. So many that, in fact, “smart” doesn’t seem to have much meaning.
Objects aren’t smart, people are.
It’s innovative, creative and analytical people who develop smart things.
Don’t settle for smart. Want innovation? Hire strong thinkers
Brains are the real power force in this world. We need strong thinkers being innovators in every profession. This includes teachers, professors, technology, entrepreneurs, small business owners, healthcare workers, customer service workers, even politicians. We need to value and cultivate strong thinkers who have the analytic and creative skills to drive innovation.
Innovation skills start with critical thinking
Innovation is built on critical thinking skills. Critical thinking is one of the most in demand job skills. It’s essential for innovation. Innovators must have the skills as well as the mental disciplines and mindset to drive ideas from concept to completion.
Strong critical thinkers are skilled problem solvers, able to evaluate options, anticipate risks and opportunities and create new ideas and products.
Strong critical thinkers are innovators who are intellectually curious, eager to explore new ideas, receptive to improvements and driven to persevere through failures.
Innovators must have the skills as well as the mental disciplines and mindset who can learn from failures, analyzing problems to ensure the right lessons are learned and applied.
Innovators must have the skills as well as the mental disciplines and mindset who can learn from failures. They study problems to ensure the right lessons are learned and applied.
How to identify and develop employees with innovation skills
The first step is the objective assessment of thinking skills and mindset.
Insight Assessment specializes in providing the objective metrics needed to identify strong critical thinkers. Our test instruments provide informative individual and group reports on the strengths and weaknesses on 15 core competencies of good thinking and problem-solving. Insight Assessment’s high quality, validated, multilingual thinking assessments are used globally because they are calibrated for wide range of business and HR needs. INSIGHT Development Program provides online, self- paced training modules so employees can improve their thinking and innovation skills. Clients rely on our tools for hiring, professional development, outcomes improvement, curriculum development, and process improvement.