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Ep 484: Innovation and Skills-Based Hiring


The pace of business change is continuing to accelerate. According to a recent McKinsey Global Survey, business leaders expect that by 2026, half of their companies’ revenues will come from products, services, or businesses that haven’t been invented yet. Innovation is critical for companies to survive and thrive. So how can employers ensure they have talent strategies in place to have the right skills to create and drive new ideas forward, and could innovation be the catalyst that accelerates skills-based hiring?

My guest this week is Mauro Porcini, PepsiCo’s first ever Chief Design Officer and author of a new book on people-centric innovation. In the book, Mauro does a deep dive into the skills, culture and philosophy companies need to innovate. It was brilliant to hear his views on what employers need to do to attract, retain and develop people with the diverse skills required for effective innovation.

In the interview, we discuss:

• The role of Chief Design Officer at Pepsico

• How business cultures have changed

• Designing the future with human-centric design

• The 24 skills needed for innovation and the importance of identifying and developing them in leaders

• Building a culture of innovation

• Process versus people

• The power of kindness, optimism and curiosity

• The relationship between kindness and productivity

• Recognising and recruiting innovators

• Redesigning the recruiting process

• What does the future look like?

Mauro’s book – The Human Side of Innovation: The Power of People in Love with People

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