In today’s dynamic, global market, knowing how to manage a diverse workforce is more important than ever, and that includes the growing population of millennials. As a group millennials have many unique qualities which make them desirable employees. A wise leader will be willing not only to work with, but also to learn from, this digitally-savvy generation.
Clayton Christensen and his coauthors in The Innovator’s DNA highlight five key skills that we can develop to become great innovators. The good news is that we do not have to be good at all five skills to be a good innovator. For example, Scott Cook of Intuit is strong in observational skills. Marc Benioff, founder of Salesforce.com, is good at networking, Jeff Bezos’ strong suite is experimentation. Steve Jobs was strong at associating.
Research involving identical twins suggests that only about 20-25 per cent of our creativity ability is genetic. So close to 80% of our creative ability can be developed.
You can learn from academic leadership that has lengthy experience in business processes, but are not engaged in competitive business practice. The second choice? You can learn from faculty that are presently engaged in business leadership roles.
What is of greater value to an MBA student looking for the competence, confidence and ability to contribute in order to advance their career and opportunities in today’s job market?