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Tomorrow’s Skills and Behaviors

To build the company of tomorrow, we must equip our teams with the abilities that will allow them to sustain and prosper in the new, innovation-friendly environment. Moving from Zombies Inc. to Think Inc. is not easy, but with the right skills and behaviors, your organization will be on it’s way to sustainable innovation in no time.

Through years of experience working with innovative companies from around the world, we’ve learned that innovators commit to developing the following five individual skills and five business behaviors. Learn more about how the Killer Toolkit can help your team build these essential skills and behaviors today.

Individual Skill:


Strategic Imagination

To be successful, employees will need to be perceptive enough to recognize the driving forces changing our world and imaginative enough to harness this potential in a business context. People who have strategic imagination think big. They’re not limited by what’s “possible.” In fact, they imagine the impossible and then figure out how to make it happen. Use Picture the Future from the Killer Toolkit to help build this skill.


Provocative Inquiry

Truly valuable employees are not just curious, they have the ability to ask smart, even disturbing questions. These questions stretch their own thinking and that of others. Employees who have this skill are willing to question their own assumptions instead of holding them sacred. Use Killer Queries from the Killer Toolkit to help build this skill.


Creative Problem-Solving

Creative problem solvers draw on a wide range of resources to go beyond the quick and obvious to create novel and game-changing solutions. They apply best practices from offbeat sources and unrelated industries, making connections that others wouldn’t think of. They’re excited to think in new ways, instead of using the same go-to solutions for every problem that arises. Use Forced Connections and Assumption Reversal from the Killer Toolkit to help build this skill.


Agility

In today’s business world, change is the only constant. Employees will need to think on their feet and nimbly change directions. They need to be resourceful and confident in their own abilities to handle unexpected situations. Employees who are agile can be counted on to effectively deal with any wild cards that are thrown their way. Use Wild Cards from the Killer Toolkit to help build this skill.


Resilience

Employees who are tenacious will be incredibly valuable. Their courage to overcome obstacles and push on undeterred will give their organizations an advantage in good times and in bad. As our positive culture encourages teams to take on more autonomy and responsibility, resilience will become more and more important, and they’ll need to get a little bit tough to thrive. Use Impossible to Possible and Wild Cards from the Killer Toolkit to help build this skill.
Business Behavior:


Focus on the Future

Organizations that keep an eye trained firmly on the future will have a distinct advantage over those that are only concerned with the daily shuffle. This means not only paying attention to the big trends that everyone else is watching but also the smaller shifts others might overlook. It’s organizations that have the desire to be proactive and stay ahead of the curve that will find new solutions and be able to drive growth from products and services that we haven’t even begun to imagine. Use Picture the Future from the Killer Toolkit to help build this behavior.


Challenge the Status Quo

The organizations that will be the leaders of tomorrow will have cultures in which challenging the accepted way of doing things is not only permitted, but encouraged. This approach goes beyond internal procedures and expectations, it also means challenging accepted assumptions within your industry, geography, and expertise. Leaders of tomorrow don’t follow best practices, they create them. Use Kill the Company, Kill a Stupid Rule, and Assumption Reversal from the Killer Toolkit to help build this behavior.


Identify/Invest in Smart Risks

Risk is essential to innovation, but there are ways to be smart about risk and there are ways to be stupid about it. Smart risk takers are well informed and ware of all the upsides and downsides. It takes practice and a strategy, but taking risks is something every employee and company must do. Use 40 New Opportunities from the Killer Toolkit to help build this behavior.


Active Collaboration

Organizations that make the most of their employees’ wide range of expertise and perspectives will certainly lead in the future. Fostering a culture of openness and sharing will help build trust, which is essential for innovation. Employees who collaborate can achieve far more than those who operate in the mindset of every man for himself. Use PPCO and Questions for Hiring Innovators from the Killer Toolkit to help build this behavior.


Continuous Learning

Learning is not just an activity, it’s an attitude. An organization full of knowledge seekers is bound to be one that is able to base decisions on the best information. Experimentation should be encouraged, and leaders need to make it clear that they are comfortable with some level of failure. Failure is an opportunity for reflected and a chance to improve. Use Futurist Sources from the Killer Toolkit to help build this behavior.