These days it takes innovation leadership skills if you want to have a successful career

philmckinney | December 12, 2011



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It takes innovation leadership skills to win in the highly competitive world these days.  While most will try to rest on the traditional management and leadership skills to succeed in their careers as executives, its those that innovate their leadership skills for innovation that will achieve career success.  So what are the differences?

Below is a brief summary of the highlights from the podcast.

Leadership Skills

  • Integrity
  • Vision/Strategy
  • Communication
  • Relationships
  • Persuasion
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Teamwork
  • Coaching & Development
  • Decision Making
  • Planning (my weakest skill)

Innovation Leadership Skills

  • Innovation leadership means taking risks
  • Innovation is about constantly looking for new opportunities and threats
  • Innovation is about change.  Foster a culture where change is expected.
  • Don’t rest on traditional management and leadership techniques.  Every project and situation is different.
  • Innovators are optimists.  Show it in your leadership style.
  • Innovators cut through the crap.
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    OT: Innovation regression in Australian government

    Hi Phil

    Slightly OT for a response to this podcast of yours, but simply a headsup about the seeming demotion of the Innovation portfolio in Australia’s federal government.

    As a result of messy internal politics in Australia’s governing Labor Party, Senator Kim Carr, who has been this country’s Minister (secretary equivalent in the US) for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research has been booted from his position, and moved out of Cabinet, the inner sanctum of decision making for executive government in Australia.

    Carr had been, IMHO, for the past four years a successful minister in the innovation area, with support, broadly, from large corporate and enterprise organisations, financiers and investors in the startup industry (due to changes introduced in tax laws), acclaim from the higher education sector, while the R&D sector also saw his presence as supportive and interesting.

    Australia’s Chief Scientist, Ian Chubb, was reported as telling The Australian newspaper, “he was a complete champion for science, research and innovation.”  

    The Innovation function as a part of government in Australia is now to be a very small section of a “super-ministry” covering seven areas with three ministers responsible for overseeing the enormously increased range of activities

    We may agree that any ruling party has the right to dispense political largesse as they see fit, but Kim Carr’s demotion to a minor role with limited responsibility for Australia’s manufacturing sector is a loss to “the Innovation project” in Australia.

    As Bill Gates is currently holidaying in Sydney with his family, it may be of interest to get his opinion, if he has formed one, on where innovation could be “located” in the Australian political landscape.


    Michael Zerman
    Adelaide AUSTRALIA

    • Phil McKinney

      I’ve been following Kim’s work ever since I read an article on him and his agenda in FastThinking magazine a few years back.

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  • Mike|Management skills

    I think one of the most challenging skills, brought out in this post, relates to taking risks. many managers are simply risk averse not willing to tempt failure. This prevents the entire business unit from learning to cope, adapt and succeed.

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