Skills of the future: innovation

What?

Through creative thinking and active learning, we can create our own opportunities.

Why?

Business is moving faster than ever before, and new ideas are needed to stay relevant.

How?

Moving away from traditional ways of thinking will create fresh solutions and opportunities.

Curiosity

Asking the right questions. 

Using skills like observation and interviewing, we’ll use our curiosity to solve problems and identify alternative solutions.

It's all about:

• Observation: Noticing 
• Questioning: Asking questions to increase understanding
• Information sourcing: Filtering resources to find relevant information
• Problem recognition: The acknowledgement and definition of a problem

Creativity

Thinking for yourself. 

By imagining freely, we'll come up with fresh ideas, be able to express ourselves and create our own opportunities.

In business, it's the magic ingredient that separates leaders from the rest.

It's all about:

• Imagination: Exploring ideas
• Idea generation: Coming up with solutions and thoughts
• Visualising: Translating information and thought into expressions
• Maker mentality: Ability to explore and create

Sense making

Recognising patterns.

With an increased focus on data, it's important to have an analytical mind.

And by noting the small details in information and behaviour, we'll be able to make significant changes to the bigger picture.

It's all about:

• Pattern recognition: Classifying information into classes
• Holistic thinking: See the big picture and understand nuances
• Synthesis: Organising and filtering data into cohesive structures
• Opportunity recognition: Ability to identify areas of opportunity 
• Analysis: Examination and evaluation of data or information

Critical thinking

Processing, analysing and evaluating information.

Using logical thinking to weigh up conflicting arguments will help us draw better conclusions and make better decisions.

Thinking carefully will also help us separate fact from fiction.

It's all about:

• Deconstruction: Breaking down a complex problem into smaller parts
• Logical thinking: Evaluating situations to formulate solutions
• Judgement: Forming an opinion after careful thought
• Computational thinking: Translating data into concepts

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