The Conference Board of Canada launches Innovation Skills Profile 2.0
OTTAWA, May 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Skills, attitudes and behaviours of
individuals are central to an organization's ability to innovate,
according to The Conference Board of Canada's Innovation Skills Profile 2.0 (ISP2.0), launched today. It identifies the skills needed to generate
ideas, take calculated risks and be entrepreneurial, develop
interpersonal relationships that support innovation, and implement
The ISP2.0 is designed to be used by employees, employers, educators,
students, governments, labour and communities to become more
"Skills consistently rank in the top three or four factors cited by
business leaders as being necessary for successful innovation within
their organizations. Skills are the enabling component of the
innovation process and a lack of skills is a huge impediment to greater
innovation in Canadian organizations," said Douglas Watt, Director,
Organizational Effectiveness and Learning Research.
"Businesses that recognize the value and importance of skills will
survive and flourish in today's global economy. This new skills profile
is a framework for dialogue and action. Companies that succeed have a
mix of individuals, teams, and leaders who collectively have all of the
skills found in the ISP2.0," he added.
Skills consistently rank in the top three or four factors cited by
business leaders as being necessary for innovation success.
The Conference Board developed the Innovation Skills Profile 2.0 with
input from hundreds of businesses, governments, industry associations,
organizations, and learning institutions across Canada.
The online publication identifies four categories of skills, attitudes,
and behaviours that contribute to an organization's capacity to
Creativity, Problem-Solving, and Continuous Improvement Skills
Risk Assessment and Risk-Taking Skills
Relationship-Building and Communication Skills
The Innovation Skills Profile 2.0 is a product of the Conference Board's
Centre for Business Innovation (CBI), a five-year initiative to help bring about major improvements in
firm-level business innovation in Canada.
"Individuals and teams with the right mix of innovation skills,
attitudes, and behaviours will be better prepared to add value to the
tasks, projects and activities that underpin corporate innovation
performance and better bottom-line results. The ISP2.0 helps businesses
get there," said Dr. Michael Bloom, Vice-President, Organizational
Effectiveness and Learning at the Conference Board.
SOURCE: Conference Board of Canada
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