These Attributes Make a Successful Open Innovation Solver 

By Keaton Swett | May 30, 2023

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Key Points

If you have wondered if this is a world where you can be successful, these attributes that can lead to wins.

Insights from top solvers point to three characteristics that all had in common.

Different solvers have different reasons why they pursue (and enjoy) open innovation challenges.

The world of open innovation is ready for more solvers to join in. If you have wondered if this is a world where you can be successful, here are some of the attributes that can lead to wins. With input directly from some of the top solvers in open innovation, they break into two categories: innate characteristics and goals.

Innate Characteristics for Open Innovation Success

Is there a personality that is naturally good at solving open innovation challenges? We don’t know for sure, but the insights we’ve received from top solvers point to three characteristics that all had in common.

They are inquisitive

Curiosity is a big influence on the initial step into open innovation. Beyond that, the challenges and contests continue to fuel the inquisitiveness that opens novel lines of thought for solutions.

They are creative

Technical knowledge isn’t enough. Winning solutions come from highly creative thinking. Not just outside the box, but several miles away from the box.

They are competitive

The solver community is filled with bright, creative people with lots of expertise. A competitive drive keeps a solver in the game.

Goals that First Inspired Open Innovation Solvers and Keep Them Coming Back

Different solvers have different reasons why they pursue (and enjoy) open innovation challenges. These are some of the top goals mentioned.

Access to networking opportunities

Professionals who have been solvers for several years (those who provided input have been at it for at least six years) began while in university or even earlier. They saw participation in open innovation challenges as a valuable chance to network with others in their areas of study or expertise.

Ability to gain recognition

A step up from networking, open innovation offers the opportunity to get the attention of potential employers and other influencers in the solver’s area of expertise. Gaining recognition like this can open interesting opportunities that would otherwise be missed.

A chance to stand out to recruiters

Recognition can lead to employment. In highly competitive skill areas, being a successful open innovation solver can be a gold ticket to an interesting and lucrative job.

The prospect of earning money

Generating an income stream from open innovation is certainly a goal for any solver. For some this is a primary income stream while for many it is a secondary stream. Either way, earning money from open innovation wins is certainly a draw.

Interested in entering the world of open innovation? Start by checking out MindSumo.

 

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