Finding true innovators to run your strategically significant projects is tough. After all, it’s not easy to find individuals who can take an idea from concept and gestation to roaring success.
It’s bloody hard to be on the bleeding edge of innovation. Creating the future is always uncomfortable, and from day to day it usually feels like failing, until hindsight reveals how far you’ve come. (Scott Berkun’s classic book The Myths of Innovation is a must-read for those wishing to understand the nature of innovation.)
Alas, the world is full of Forrest Gumps who were present, almost accidentally, at key or successful moments in history. Unlike Gump, many of these pretenders attribute success to their own skills, hubris that often stands in the way of your innovation as surely as their inflated salary requirements impoverish a new initiative.
So what do Real Deal Innovators look like? More importantly, how do you interview them to determine if they indeed have innate innovative skills that can help your team or organization?