I like to take a look at job openings related to innovation as they give a good indication of what companies are looking for with regards to the mindset and skills required for innovation.
This job opening for a position at Samsung Open Innovation Center is interesting because it confirms my belief that communication is becoming increasingly important for innovation efforts.
Here you see the duties and responsibilities of the position:
• Strategy development: Lead and support the development of Samsung strategy and long-term strategic priorities across new content and service verticals, and Samsung device portfolio.
• Strategic execution: Structure and lead complex strategic projects for new content service partnerships that differentiate Samsung products and/or grow new revenue streams. Bring key business and stakeholders together to collaborate and make decisions with a balance of short and long term benefit.
• Thought leadership: Develop and articulate OIC’s position on long-term strategic issues
• Market intelligence: Develop insights about key industry trends (technology, competitive analysis, consumers, etc.) and inform the organization of their strategic implications
They even mention thought leadership directly which is I find to be quite unsual. As a result they are looking for candidates who among other things have strong written and oral communication skills.
Take a look at the job opening yourself: Director of Strategy, Samsung Open Innovation Center. The position is in Mountain View, CA, USA