Topic 2 Create and solve skills

‘These skills enable individuals to engage in creative problem solving. They can be divided into three sub-groups: planning, organizing, executing and management; higher order thinking; and creativity and innovation..’ (YBI,2018, p.17)

Today: Planning, organizing, executing and management


Adaptive planning and management

In a fast-changing world overflowing with information, entrepreneurs must develop the ability to process and make sense of an abundance of data, leverage new facts to act with strategic clarity, and quickly adapt business plans to new circumstances.

Time management

As the pace of change is accelerating, and the demand for efficiency and quality is increasing, young entrepreneurs need to further develop their sense of urgency, and their time-management skills, especially in the face of competing priorities both off and online.

*Source: YBI. (2018). Entrepreneurial soft skills for the future: a scoping study. Youth Business International.

Today: Higher-order thinking skills


Systems thinking

Where traditional analysis breaks down structures into separate elements, systems thinking is the holistic process by which the entire structure is considered in relation to larger structures. Factors young entrepreneurs must consider when thinking systemically include global influences, collective intelligence and environmental issues.

Complex problem-solving

Our evolving world means that young entrepreneurs will face challenges comprised of multiple parts, with a huge range of possible approaches, resources, collaborators and outcomes. Complex problem-solving skills are the developed capacities used to solve novel, ill-defined problems in real-world settings, taking these factors into account.

Co - design

Co-design is the ability to create solutions, products and services with others. It includes the ability to collaborate while innovating. It can involve design-based thinking and often requires imagination, curiosity and courage.

Co-creativity and innovation

To co-create is to involve end users in developing ideas, products or services, often using social media, online communities, workshops, discussion groups and/or in-depth interviews. Being able to co-create effectively could give young entrepreneurs a competitive advantage in a marketplace.

*Source: YBI. (2018). Entrepreneurial soft skills for the future: a scoping study. Youth Business International.