BII Features

The Berkeley Innovation Index (BII) is an open research project created at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & technology (SCET) at UC Berkeley. BII has been designed to enable people, work-groups, and organizations to measure their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors -- in order to learn how they are correlated with those of successful entrepreneurs and innovators. Moreover, BII is built to help people and firms, understand their current capacity for innovation, diagnose their innovation challenges, and enable the development of an innovation mindset.
The following are the factor components of your BII score:

TRUST (Belief in Others):  Measures your ability to trust and generate trust in others. This is essential for alignment, transparency, and a healthy working culture. A high trust score enables teams to function without friction, and adapt well in times of high pressure. Some common traits associated with this feature are:
    • Is able to be truthful and encourages others to do the same. 
    • Able to find common ground with the people.
    • Feels secure enough to speak out about challenges, and has the courage to ask for what they need in order to perform beyond expectations.
    • Empowered to willingly take risks, admit mistakes, and learn from them (16) 
    • Acknowledges people's skills and abilities, allows people to make decisions, involves others and seeks their input when working collaboratively.
RESILIENCE:  Measures your tolerance to failure and ability to recover after encountering obstacles. 
    • Has grit: “passion and perseverance for very long term goals” 
    • Flexible + Capacity to adapt -- can efficiently survive, thrive, and lead even through difficulty
    • Has the ability to visualize dreams and possesses the mindset that every realistic ambition is possible. 
    • Practices patience and gratitude even when life turns upside down. Stays in an attitude of genuine thankfulness. 
    • Has (or creates) a supportive environment that allows them to take on a positive mindset to make their ambitions possible.
DIVERSITY:  Measures your openness to different perspectives, variation in professional networks, and perceived diversity in a team or work-group.  Diversity superimposes knowledge and experience with different perspectives.
    • Has a low social barrier and is thus able to communicate and work with people who are diverse and different. 
    • Is able to consider a variety of new intellectual perspectives, values, attitudes, opinions, or beliefs, even those that contradict prior opinions
    • Attends to a variety of viewpoints, considers numerous competing perspectives, and elaborates upon information in an unbiased manner.
    • Possesses high emotional intelligence. 
BELIEF (Belief in Self):  Is a measure of your confidence in your own strengths and abilities to achieve the goals you set for your self -- also know ans self-efficacy .
    • Successfully creates and executes a course of action to achieve a goal.
    • Possesses the ability to expend greater effort and persevere longer in the face of difficulties.
    • Has a strong sense of resiliency, meaning they are experienced at overcoming obstacles through perseverance while also not taking any success for granted.
    • Is intrinsically motivated to influence events that affect their lives, and accomplish their goals while being a high performer.
PERFECTION (Resource Awareness + Allocation):  Quantifies your ability to allocate resources efficiently and adequately. No product or solution will ever be perfect, but the best balance constraints are found when something is "good enough".
    • Has the ability to look outside of their current project/challenge/hurdle/etc in order to find relevant resources. 
    • Can prioritize and determine the most effective course of action in order to use resources adequately.
    • Uses the best judgment and past experiences in order to determine where to allocate resources.
    • Able to eliminate excuses.
COLLABORATION:  Measures your ability to function within teams, communicate across departments and evaluate the quality of external partnerships.
    • Understands the value of Co-opetition (cooperation + competition) 
      • “You can either compete for your slice of the pie OR you can cooperate to make the pie bigger.”  
    • Ability to present opinions freely without fear or ridicule, and without damaging relationships/group environments.
    • Advances the common purpose -- can look beyond their specific roles.
    • Possesses high adaptability and is able to manage conflict, get through differences.
    • Is modestly confident -- can bounce ideas off of brilliant collaborators without it turning into a competition.
COMFORT ZONE (CZ):  Measures the behavioral state within which you operate in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviors to deliver a steady level of performance, usually without a sense of risk.
    • Possesses a “let’s try it” or “we can figure it out once we get there” type of mindset. Has the confidence that every step does not need to be planned in advance. 
    • For some, making a decision based on ambiguous or little information is nerve-wracking; for them, it is a thrill.  
    • Has a high tolerance for uncertainty in decision-making with the characteristic of exhibiting a “growth mindset”  - growth mindset is characterized by a tolerance for learning in areas outside of a person’s comfort zone.  
    • Adaptable to the new realities of arising situations where they may expand significant levels of energy on finding ways of making things work.
    • Ability to attune and align themselves with what they have to do, while also being able to abandon the old ways and instead develop new ways of working.
INNOVATION ZONE (IZ):  Measures your ability to implement innovative strategies and identify new solutions for products and services.
    • Practices "effectuation principles,"  and has string personal initiative (i.e self-starting, proactive).
    • Has the ability to communicate strategies with their team/organization while influencing them.
    • Is a big picture type of person -- can see the end plan. 
    • Understands that the process of innovation is likely to be a group effort which involves social processes and activities.
    • Willing to speak up with suggestions for change  -- actively challenging the status quo. 
    • Possesses the analytical intelligence to ascertain whether an idea is indeed a good idea.