Position: Innovation Leader - Sustainability, Field: Horticulture, Organisation: ZESPRI International Limited.

Key skills for innovation

Alistair thinks the following personal attributes are important for working in innovation:

  • Connecting disparate ideas.
  • Communication skills.
  • Interpersonal skills.

Background knowledge and experience

Innovative projects draw on a range of people with diverse knowledge and expertise. Each person involved contributes a unique knowledge and skill set, which is determined by their particular educational background and the range of experiences they are involved in through their work as well as their life outside of work.

It’s important to be able to communicate and relate to a range of people with different thinking styles to your own.

The background knowledge and experience that have contributed to Alistair’s unique knowledge and skill set for his current role as Innovation Leader at ZESPRI include:

  • project management
  • working as a research scientist
  • working as a research and development manager.

This article is based on information current in 2013.

    Published 20 May 2013