In order to best assess the gaps in any one of these Skill Areas, there are five levels of Competence defined is shown in the “Competencies Versus Skill Area Matrix” figure.

Skill Area Expert Skilled Applied Basic Learning
Talent Management Exhibits skilled behaviors; crafts and articulates an Innovation Culture for the organization; creates a structured plan for considering rewards and recognition that encourages desired behaviors Exhibits applied behaviors; articulates the tenets of the Innovation Culture and motivates others to live it; Identifies, recruits and develop the right personnel for key roles Lives Innovation Culture through example; applies appropriate recognition tools; effectively participates in hiring and training Understands that strategic innovation skills are unique from incremental innovation skills; demonstrates the importance of an Innovation Culture through actions; Understands the connections between recognition and motivation Understands the need for an Innovation Culture and aware of the importance of recognition
Communication and Networking Exhibits skilled behaviors; sets higher level objectives and goals for communication and networking activities; influences behaviors and decisions through communication and networking skills Exhibits applied behaviors; develops communication and networking plans to achieve specific goals; shares and applies insights across functions and businesses Develops proposals, presentations and other communications with limited guidance; can present to senior leadership and customers with limited coaching Can construct a communication or presentation with guidance and deliver effectively with coaching; able to develop basic cross-functional or external relationships with coaching Aware of the need for good communication skills and effective networking
Execution Exhibits skilled behaviors; creates a structure for a long term and short term planning process; ensures effective resourcing is available to achieve objectives Exhibits applied behaviors; can define an effective review process for deliverables that clearly define criteria for success; able to remove barriers to progress Designs project plans and processes with limited guidance; holds self and others accountable for delivery Able to effectively follow a project plan or process designed by others Aware of the importance of efficient and effective execution
Strategic Thinking Exhibits skilled behaviors; translates corporate strategic intent into proposed solution road maps; engaged in defining corporate strategic intent Exhibits applied behaviors; can evaluate opportunities and information in the context of strategic intent; can influence strategic intent through feedback and observations Stays focused on the connection between the project or platform and company strategic intent, avoiding scope creep; raises concerns where appropriate Remains current in industry developments; understands the basic elements of corporate strategy and how they should influence opportunities pursued Aware of the importance of identifying technologies and products consistent with corporate strategy to fill market gaps
Decision Making and Problem Solving Exhibits skilled behaviors; handles complex decisions and defines the information required to make them; leads resolution of complex problems, pivoting as needed based on the data Exhibits applied behaviors; manages resource and financial constraints as project/platform progresses; makes decisions quickly with limited information Identifies key assumptions and tests their validity; applies prioritization criteria as defined; can solve basic problems with limited guidance Identifies basic questions that need to be answered to make decisions; finds information to inform these decisions Aware of the importance of prioritization and making choices on resource allocation