Creativity and Innovation

Skills for Success defines Creativity and Innovation as the ability to imagine, develop, express, encourage, and apply ideas in ways that are novel, unexpected, or challenge existing methods and norms.

Discover the language in Creativity and Innovation

Creativity and Innovation requires communicating with others in a way that conveys readiness for generating ideas and trying new ways of doing things. It involves listening, speaking, reading and writing, often in combination; for example:

  • Listening actively and asking questions to understand problems or processes that need to be improved.
  • Listening to new or diverse ideas without judgement; asking questions to understand and build on ideas.
  • Conveying curiosity and an openness to exploring ways to improve processes, services or products.
  • Participating in brainstorming; offering ideas while conveying respect for others’ ideas.
  • Receiving and offering constructive feedback; expressing appreciation and encouraging others to elaborate.
  • Expressing or presenting ideas, including interpretations, rationales, strengths and limitations, and recognition of bias and assumptions; asking for input.
  • Expressing or presenting plans for acting on an idea.
  • Admitting and sharing mistakes or errors in judgement, and identifying what can be learned from them.

Explore work-related examples at each CLB stage

The Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) describe communicative ability in English as a Second Language (ESL). The CLB organize 12 benchmarks into three stages of ability: Stage I (Basic), Stage II (Intermediate) and Stage III (Advanced).

Learners may already possess Creativity and Innovation skills but lack the English language to demonstrate them. For this reason, there is no direct correspondence between Creativity and Innovation and CLB levels.

The examples below show the language involved in demonstrating Creativity and Innovation.