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7. innovation for life


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Module 7, is the final module in this online course. It talks about innovation for life and the importance of innovation within your business.

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7. innovation for life

  1. 1. Innovation for life Tutor Name Here
  2. 2. Learning Objectives • Gain ability and confidence to display innovation skills and ideas appropriately in – CV – Interview – Presentations – Written proposals • Develop knowledge of how to keep improving innovation mindset and skills 2
  3. 3. There are four main units in this module • 1. Displaying innovation skills and interests • in a CV • in an interview • in presentations • in written proposals • 2. Continuous innovative improvement of one’s mindset and skills • strategies such as “mindfulness” • Self-actualization • 3. Emotional Intelligence • 4. Exercise: Self-assessment and career pathway planning 3
  4. 4. 1. Displaying innovation skills and interests • 1.1 What are they? • These are the skills that you need to contribute to an organization’s innovation performance—to produce new and improved strategies, capabilities, products, process, and services • 1.2 Why is building these skills important? • 1.3 How do I effectively display my skills/interests? 4
  5. 5. Definition of « innovation skills » • Innovation skills are practically speaking the types of skills that allow individuals to become innovative in what they do. • These are usually a combination of • cognitive skills • the ability to think creatively and critically • behavioural skills • the ability to solve problems, to manage risk • functional skills • basic skills such as writing, reading and numeracy • and technical skills • research techniques, project management, or IT engineering 5
  6. 6. 1.1 Descriptions of skills/interests • Creativity, problem-solving, and continuous improvement skills • The skills, attitudes, and behaviours needed to generate ideas • Risk assessment and risk-taking skills • The skills, attitudes, and behaviours needed to take calculated risks and to be entrepreneurial • Relationship-building and communication skills • The skills, attitudes, and behaviours needed to develop and maintain interpersonal relationships that support innovation • Implementation skills • The skills, attitudes, and behaviours needed to turn ideas into strategies, capabilities, products, processes, and services 6
  7. 7. 1.2 Why are these skills important? • Each person, regardless of ability, style or orientation can and should be more innovative every day. • Organization will expect you to possess and use key innovation skills! • “Innovation is necessary in all business life … because if you don’t continue to innovate, then your competitive advantage disappears very quickly.” 7
  8. 8. 1.3 How do I effectively display my skills/interests? • 1.3.1 First things first! • Which skills do you have (to what level)? Which are you lacking? • Take a self-assessment • 1.3.2 Which skills/interests to highlight? To whom? Where? • Tailor to your situation and needs • 1.3.3 Strategy • Develop an overall strategy • Adapt your strategy to where you will display your skills: CV, interview, presentation, written proposal 8
  9. 9. 1.3.1 Innovation skills self-assessment • Take an online or “paper” self assessment such as: • (GISAT2.0) • You will need to create an account first: • • Be honest! • Set aside sufficient time to complete the self- assessment • Fully review your results • Create a plan of action 9
  10. 10. 1.3.2 Which skills to highlight? • The best way to identify which skills you need to highlight is to put yourself in the employer's shoes. • What are the employer's needs? • How can you fulfill those needs? 10
  11. 11. 1.3.3 Strategy • What is it? Definitions: • 1. A method or plan chosen to bring about a desired future, such as achievement of a goal or solution to a problem • 2.The art and science of planning and marshalling resources for their most efficient and effective use. The term is derived from the Greek word for generalship or leading an army 11
  12. 12. • Develop an overall strategy • You need to create your own individual and personalized strategy at all three levels. 12
  13. 13. Adapt your strategy to where you will display your skills • CV (Résumé) • Interview • Presentation • Written proposal 13
  14. 14. CV/Résumé – the basics • You should never forget that your CV/résumé is what will get you the interview • Therefore it is up to you to sell yourself well enough so that when a potential employer see it, they know right away that you are a good candidate for them • Make sure that your CV/resume is up to date and showcases all of your skills and qualities 14
  15. 15. CV/Résumé - First impressions count • The fact of the matter is that recruiters and hiring officials will scan read a CV or application • Be sure to include • Creativity, problem-solving, and continuous improvement skills • Risk assessment and risk-taking skills • Relationship-building and communication skills • Implementation skills photos source: pixabay - CC0 Public Domain 15
  16. 16. CV/Résumé - Checklist • Don't fall at the first hurdle. • Is your email address appropriate? • Would you give a job to ? • Have you spelled it correctly? • Other hurdles • Making Grammatical Errors and Typos • There’s no room for sloppiness! • Submitting Incorrect Information • Correct info will eventually come out anyway • Giving Everyone the Same Résumé • Your résumé is not one-size-fits-all (jobs) • Getting Too Elaborate With Formatting and Style • And allow “breathing space” on your page photos source: pixabay - CC0 Public Domain 16
  17. 17. Interview – the basics • If you pass the resume screen, usually the next major step is the interview • Employers often focus on eliminating applicants who are not appropriate – Don’t given them any reasons to eliminate you • The experience, for you, can be like running through a mine field. One misstep, and you're OUT - a very stressful situation. • Handle that stress by – Preparation – Visualizing – Remember that people DO get hired! photos source: pixabay - CC0 Public Domain 17
  18. 18. Interview - Preparation • Prepare for the standard interview questions and types of interviews you might have. Practice with a friend or your mirror • Prepare by knowing as much as you can about the job, the organization, the competition, the location, and the industry • Very carefully read the job description • Visit the organisation’s website • Put Google, Bing, and YouTube to work gathering important information about the organization • Check the LinkedIn Company Profile (and, if possible, the profiles of the interviewers) • Do Internet research on any other names you may have • Check stock and financial information • Lastly, check on breaking news on the organization 18
  19. 19. Interview - Visualisation • How to visualize • Find a quiet place • Clear your mind • Imagine your goals 19
  20. 20. Interview – Remember that … • Interviews vary (both structure and type) • It’s a two-way street – so ask your questions re. the job and the organization • There may be follow-up interviews 20
  21. 21. Interview – the actual interview • You know (but it bears repeating): • Arrive a few minutes ahead of time • Be dressed appropriately • Have good questions ready for the interviewer(s) • Have your cell phone turned off • Come with copies of your resume available to hand to the interviewer(s) • RELAX! Be yourself, be natural, be focused and remember that the interview is a “two-way” street • Afterwards • Sending a thank you -- if done reasonably well -- will definitely not hurt your chances at a job 21
  22. 22. Presentation – the basics • Develop strong presentation skills beforehand • Also practice for “stress” types of presentations • The topic is important, but your process is even more critical! 22
  23. 23. Presentation – a process 23 Image pending approval
  24. 24. Written Proposal – the basics • A formal way of putting forth an idea and asking for action on it • Consider who will read the proposal and the person’s knowledge level • Decide, beforehand, on YOUR process for writing a proposal and practice it 24
  25. 25. Sample proposal process • Follow these steps: 1. State your purpose 2. Give some background information 3. State a solution to the problem 4. Specify costs 5. Restate both the problem and solution 25
  26. 26. 2. Continuous innovative improvement of one’s mindset and skills • Continuous improvement – an ongoing effort to improve an individual’s skills and mental outlook • This never-ending process requires • A strategy, such as “mindfulness” • A focus on self-actualization 26
  27. 27. 2.1 Mindfulness • Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally – Practicing mindfulness improves both mental and physical health – Mindfulness involves both concentration and acceptance – It takes practice to become comfortable with mindfulness techniques 27
  28. 28. 2.2 Self-actualization • The desire for self-fulfillment • This tendency might be phrased as the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming 28
  29. 29. 3. Emotional Intelligence • Emotional intelligence (EI) or emotional quotient (EQ) is the ability of individuals to • recognize their own and other people's emotions • to discriminate between different feelings and label them appropriately • to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior 29
  30. 30. 3.1 Recognize your own and other people's emotions • Benefits of higher Emotional Intelligence • easier to form/maintain interpersonal relationships and to ‘fit in’ • better at understanding own psychological state • Note that there is no correlation between IQ and EI scores 30
  31. 31. 3.2 Discriminate between different feelings and label them • Which ones do you recognize well? • Which ones do you know know too well? • Take an online quiz Image source: Wikimedia Commons, used under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Author: Ivan Lanin. 31
  32. 32. 3.3 Use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior • Used in these ways: • Perceiving emotions • detect and decipher emotions in faces, pictures, voices, etc. • Using emotions • harness emotions to facilitate various cognitive activities • Understanding emotions • comprehend emotion language and to appreciate complicated relationships • Managing emotions • regulate emotions in both ourselves and in others 32
  33. 33. 4. Exercise: Self-assessment and career pathway planning • Do a self-assessment (as outlined earlier) as soon as possible • Career pathway planning requires an honest look at • Career goals • Skills • Needed knowledge • Experience • Personal characteristics. • Career pathing requires YOU to make a plan to carry out your career path 33
  34. 34. How to create your career pathing • You need to decide on your career goals and desired jobs • Put your career path plan in writing • You own your career path plan 34
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