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Ideas Are Free: How the Idea Revolution Is Liberating People and Transforming Organizations Paperback – January 9, 2006
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1) Why rewards based on value of saving does not work.
2) A series of small ideas adds up to one Big one.
3) Even big ideas needs small ideas to get them working right.
4) Small ideas are not easily copied.
5) A properly implemented idea system improve management - employee relations
6) Successfully implemented ideas system is the key to competitive advantage and sustainable long term performance.
Please read the book for the details. Highly recommended.
While Toyota is a stunning example of how one company gets and uses employee ideas, this book isn't about Toyota. It's about liberating people and transforming organizations through ideas. Not necessarily big ideas, but ideas that come from every person in the organization and add up to big things.
The typical organization is an idea desert. This well-researched book shows you, through case histories and clear explanations, how any organization can transform that desert into a lush land that produces bumper crops.
One key is tapping into the vast resource of employees who are closest to the work. Managers have a perspective that is excellent for addressing the larger picture. But to have that perspective, managers are necessarily removed from being close to the work. Thus, they simply are not in a position to see how to improve the work.
Another important concept that many managers fail to put to use is that of massively parallel eyes, ears, and brains. Joseph Antonini taught us that ignoring these inputs is very dangerous--he nearly ruined K-Mart by assuming his ideas were the only ones that really mattered.
We have to remember that employees are often leaders and thinkers outside of work.Read more ›
The book includes examples of successful suggestions programs implemented at various companies, the ways in which management encourages and rewards ideas, and many actual improvement suggestions ranging from the obvious & easy to the ingenious & complex. One I found to be particularly interesting was from a large nursery that had issues when it rained with the manure in the soil becoming an irritant for the workers. One such worker suggested putting a tarp over the piles of soil when it rained. This was considered a "moral boosting" suggestion, but as it turned out the wet soil was actually causing them to have almost 60% lower plant yields due to the inconsistent way the soil dried. After implementing the tarp suggestion the company saved a lot of time and money. The book also includes recommended tactics to counteract some of the cultural barriers that are often encountered when trying to begin such a program. I found the "Gorilla Tactics - actions you can take today without the boss's permission" at the end of each chapter quite intriguing.
I only have one criticism of this book; it's a bit wordy.
Ideas Are Free is a book that discusses how everyday common-sense ideas can make a powerful difference in any organization! Most American organizational cultures constantly search for the "big" revolutionary ideas that often are quickly duplicated by the competition. But it is the ongoing benefits derived from smaller innovations that can really make a huge difference. These small ideas tend to remain proprietary within the organization that utilizes them. Sadly, most organizations seem to ignore this opportunity and are better at suppressing ideas instead of promoting them!
Ideas Are Free correctly focuses on the fact that the best ideas come from people who do the work and see many things the manager doesn't. Managers are good at squandering the most significant resource that organizations possess: employee ideas.Read more ›
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As a student reading this, I thought a lot of the points were common sense. Then I spent a summer as a retail employee and it became immediately clear to me that among management,... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good baseline information. Good for an organization. For an individual, not so much. Did not give me any ideas for generating ideas.Published 15 months ago by curlyjigs
After decades of stagnant wages, employees are withholding billions of dollars worth of ideas from companies who do not deserve their affection. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
This outstanding book should be required reading for supervisors/managers. Thank you CAPT Heller for making this a part of your branch.Published on September 17, 2013 by S. Hamilton
This is a bottom-up approach to generating ideas to help your business. Many employees know more about their job than their managers do and can contribute ways to make a business... Read morePublished on June 3, 2013 by Elijah James
the management based on employees ideas promotes engagement and excelent results. Its really impressive the power of this management approach.Published on March 21, 2013 by raul tabajara
In this hyper-competitive and economically uncertain world, there is a free resource for efficiency and money-saving ideas that few companies have accessed. Read morePublished on October 25, 2012 by Paul Lappen
I bought this book to replace a new copy that my teacher had lent me. When my order came in, I almost couldn't tell the book apart it was in such great condition! Read morePublished on September 4, 2012 by Michelle Steenland-Gilbert
I did not purchase this book, but came across it and decided to give it a look. Not bad if you are in a medium- to large-size corporate environment. Read morePublished on November 29, 2011 by J. Hugunin