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What is your idea management type

and why it's important to HR manager hiring you
Firms talk a lot about integration of new management systems, about creativity, shift to collective thinking. Mostly it concerns top managers and organisation of your enterprise, but the question is actually much deeper.
Enterprise need to be innovative means to you that this specific CEO and HR manager will search relevant employees and test your abilities, flexibility, creativity. They can review your existing role or make decision based on these dimensions hiring you. How you will fit the team, the new trend of development, how you interact, critisize and ideate, what is your consciousness level, what is your proper vision and aims. All matter.
However, it may also be that incrementalists in positions of hiring authority tend to hire people like themselves. ("How managers generate ideas and why it matters" Journal of Business Strategy, Betty Vandenbosch, Argun Saatcioglu).
Thus, there is new dimension of ours: our idea management type or the way we think, make decisions, communicate with other people during discussions, and, finally, if we are capable to create a good idea.

For HR managers the task is really hard — they try to predict our value for team and corporation, test our ideation and detect risks or growing-points. They also have to know facts about the rest of future team to ensure best productivity, connect and exchange.
Good and mature ideas are your personal asset.
Betty Vandenbosch and Argun Saatcioglu recognised 5 idea management types: Incrementalists, Consensus builders, Searchers, Debaters and Assessors.

Could you guess who you are?


Ask yourself about key idea management components:

  • When you have to make a decision, what do you rely on?
  • Is it easy to you to make decision?
  • Do you like ideate alone or with your team? What is group thinking for you?
  • Are you imaginative?
  • Do you like taking control or delegating?
  • Are you ready to changes? Even in your everyday routine?
  • How do you search information and where?
  • How about standardized rules and procedures? Are they necessary?
  • What does progress mean to you?
Incrementalists base their decisions on their own experience. They are quite rigid and seem to be unimaginative, however they are great at preparation, setting goals and education or rules compiliance. Most of us could be Incrementalists.

Consensus builders do not rely on their own background as much as Incrementalists. They also prefer observe how others will cope with some issue. Consensus builders are very team addicted but creativity is not their forte.

Searchers. The name tell us about the main point: searchers adore search. In some way new information and its sources are very useful for creativity, but searchers have a great deal of difficulty in stop searching. They are creative and promote new initiatives indeed.

Debaters are on the side of experiments. Debaters moto: "Truth is born of arguments". Good point: before making a decision they will overthink the situation.

Assessors are the most singular phenomenon. We could say it's a sort of combination of 4 other types, they are flexible and try to revisit everything for better solution.




  • Sadly, Assessors are really unique and it will be unwise to wait it knocking at your office door. For HR it is important to hire "matching" persons and for Team leader or Project manager — ability to build a strong team is a key to success. Interviews and coaching can help you realize your own potential or evaluate your colleagues and employees. You can also check idea management type by implementing idea challenges in your work process. Motivate your employees to create ideas and share it, work on idea quality with your teammates, give feedback and adopt the best solutions. You will rediscover your people and power. Each type is important and effective in the right circumstances, there is no good or bad ideation style, but rational and adeqaute team building and business process.
Remember:
Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because "he lacked imagination and had no good ideas".

Thomas Edison was fired from his first two jobs for not being productive enough.

The first book by Stephen King, the iconic thriller Carrie, received 30 rejections, finally causing King to give up and throw it in the trash. and so on…

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