You’ve brushed up on your Zoom etiquette, you’ve applied to the seven jobs that are still out there: now what? Instead of re-reading your sent mail, perhaps it’s time to review your skillset in order to see how well it matches up with that of a tried-and-tested innovation professional.
Flexibility may seem obvious, but it’s vital. This means maintaining an attitude of expect the best, plan for the worst, which requires a functioning balance between optimism and realism. The nature of innovation culture means that some of the best opportunities occur unplanned, so thinking on your feet is crucial.
Networking is more than just being sociable. Of course, being outgoing helps, but man cannot survive on conversation alone. Cultivating long-term relationships that are able to differentiate into varying forms (e.g. client, partner, colleague) is a specialised skill that requires time, effort, and a certain level of interpersonal abilities.
Big picture thinking is also a part of networking. If a connection does not serve you, it may well serve someone else - this sharing of contacts benefits you in the long run as not only does this prove that you are an innovator at heart, but also provides all parties involved with yet another reason to remember you. Our Union is a prime example of this: the variety in attendees always guarantees a connection of some sort, either immediately or further down the line.
If you want to find out more information about how we can help you create new strategies, expand your networks, or increase your Collaboration IQ, you're welcome to get in touch for your free innovation consultation with one of our specialist Open Innovation consultants.