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The Bright Idea Box: A Proven System to Drive Employee Engagement and Innovation [Kindle Edition]

Jag Randhawa
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Winner of AXIOM Business Books Award and Pinnacle Book Achievement Award

Have you ever wondered what makes a company innovative?

Research shows a strong correlation between employee engagement and innovation. Every company wants to be innovative, but very few realize the role of employee engagement in innovation.

Innovation is not about creativity, nor is it about inventing new things. Innovation is about adding value to customers. There is no better source than employees to find and develop ideas that add value to customers.

Studying some of the most innovative companies like 3M, Amazon, Apple, Google, P&G, Zappos, Jag Randhawa developed a six step bottom-up innovation program to enlist all employees in an idea hunt to grow the business. Asking employees for ideas has a momentous effect in their level of engagement at work. Engaged employee are more productive, collaborate more, make fewer mistakes, and provide higher quality service to customers.

The Bright Idea Box introduces a six-step MASTER innovation program for employees to submit, develop, and implement ideas. MASTER is an acronym for Mobilize, Amass, Support, Triage, Execute and Recognize. By reading this book, you will discover how implementing this program will:
  • encourage employees to generate ideas that add value to the company and customers
  • tap into employees' inner desires to do meaningful work, be part of something bigger, and be appreciated for their efforts
  • increase employee engagement, productivity, efficiencies, and customer satisfaction
  • create a stunning and lasting impact on your business performance
The Bright Idea Box is an easy read and full of ideas that you can quickly implement. The author describes what is innovation, where do innovative ideas come from, why do you need an innovation management processes, and how to mobile the entire workforce to generate ideas at all levels and innovate on all aspects of the business. It is also an excellent employee recruitment and retention tool.

Praise for The Bright Idea Box:
Daniel H. Pink, author of TO SELL IS HUMAN and DRIVE says, "The Bright Idea Box is part inspiration, part workbook, part resource, and a book everyone can learn from." Brian Tracy, author of Full Engagement states, "This powerful, practical book shows you how to motivate, inspire, and get the very best out of each person in your company." And Marshall Goldsmith, named America's Preeminent Executive Coach by Fast Company magazine, proclaims, "The Bright Idea Box teaches you how to create practical, viable programs that will transform the company and the bottom line!"


Editorial Reviews

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"Great ideas don't just happen. Good leaders create a purposeful environment where brilliant ideas are generated, captured, and implemented. The Bright Idea Box is part inspiration, part workbook, part resource, and a book everyone can learn from."
-- Daniel H. Pink, Author of TO SELL IS HUMAN and DRIVE


"This powerful, practical book shows you how to motivate, inspire, and get the very best out of each person in your company."
-- Brian Tracy, Author of Full Engagement

"More and more organizational leaders are realizing that the most efficient and effective way to stimulate growth is to engage the existing workforce and cultivate innovation from within. Jag Randhawa's The Bright Idea Box teaches you how to create practical, viable programs that will transform the company and the bottom line!"
-- Marshall Goldsmith, America's Preeminent Executive Coach (Fast Company magazine)

"It is almost a no-brainer to read this book to MASTER six steps for creating a bottom-up innovation program that not only retains your best employees but engages them to provide meaningful contributions to business growth. Not-put-downable from cover-to-cover, forcing you to reach for your yellow highlighter at every page."
-- Anurag Agrawal, CEO, Techaisle

"If you are looking to reinvigorate your workforce to achieve your organizational goals, this book is the most important resource to help you get maximum results!"
-- Patrick Snow, International Best Selling Author of Creating Your Own Destiny and The Affluent Entrepreneur

From the Inside Flap

What do Toyota and Google have in common? An all-inclusive "culture of innovation," in which every employee is responsible for coming up with ideas to make the company more successful.

Do you want your employees to be responsible for innovation as well? Do you believe that is possible? It absolutely is possible, and in The Bright Idea Box, technology executive and corporate consultant, Jag Randhawa, will show you how.

The Bright Idea Box introduces a six-step formula for creating a bottom-up innovation program. By reading this book, you will discover how introducing the Bright Idea Box program to your employees will:
  • encourage employees to generate ideas that add value to the company and customers
  • tap into employees' inner desires to do meaningful work, be part of something bigger, and be appreciated for their efforts
  • increase employee engagement, productivity, efficiencies, and customer satisfaction
  • create a stunning and lasting impact on your business performance
Begin to make it happen by reading The Bright Idea Box.

Product Details

  • File Size: 932 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1940984068
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Aviva Publishing, N.Y.; First Edition edition (December 31, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HMTDQDK
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading! January 13, 2014
By Bell
Format:Kindle Edition
It makes a lot of sense that if you value employee input and ideas, they will be more engaged, more productive and provide better service, which all leads to more profits for the companies. I found Toyota’s story very inspirational. Toyota rose from near bankruptcy to world’s most admired company. The foundation of that success is built on the simple principle of respecting employees and involving them in the betterment of the company. Toyota is not the only company who succeeded by asking employees for idea. The book cites examples of countless other companies including Google, P&G, 3M, WholeFoods, Starbucks, Zappos, and how they benefited from asking employees for ideas. This is a win-win for everyone: happier employees equals to more profitable companies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The news headlines are continually filled with stories about what is wrong with corporate America, but there are also people within corporate America who are trying to change that, who believe not in greed but in making the workplace a pleasant place to work, a place where employees feel ownership for their jobs, enjoy their work, and are appreciated for their accomplishments. Jag Randhawa is one of those people, and his new book The Bright Idea Box offers a simple, proven, and highly effective way to create a workplace environment where both the company and the employees’ best interests can be met.

Randhawa begins with a simple idea—having a company suggestion box—not a new concept certainly, but also one that has never been discussed to such a degree as in these pages. Randhawa demonstrates how to make that suggestion box into a useful tool to improve a business and a workplace environment. Building on the work of other business experts like Jim Collins and his book Good to Great, Randhawa explores what makes companies successful and innovative, and he brings it back to the importance of having the right employees who are engaged in their work but also given the liberty to work on their own projects and feel a sense of ownership for their work. To achieve that kind of a work environment, a successful process needs to exist to implement the suggestions.

That process Randhawa calls the Six-Step MASTER Innovation program—“MASTER” being an acronym for the six steps: Mobilize, Amass, Support, Triage, Execute, and Recognize.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eloquent and Useful Tool January 12, 2014
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The author has produced a very smart and well-written book that is thoughtful and thought provoking. Randhawa has skillfully combined his business experience with extensive research to come up with a resource that is the rare mixture of succinct and complete.

The jumping off point of course is about innovation and employee engagement. Randhawa elegantly guides us through his distinctive understanding of innovation and what drives companies and their employees to innovate both through, and because of, employee engagement.

He offers a well thought out and effective step-by-step plan to implement his ideas. Additionally after each chapter the author poses a number of questions to the reader.

Though written for a business audience I think anyone who wants to lead or innovate would be well served by reading this book. I especially think this book has applications to the classroom.
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Modern HR advice is filled with recommendations that you improve employee engagement or that engaged employees are happier, more productive and less likely to leave the organization. At the same time, innovation is held out as the ultimate driver of growth and customer value. Randhawa's "The Bright Idea Box" is centered around the notion that you can help your company drive employee engagement through a concerted effort to give them the opportunity to help drive innovation.

I found the book and easy and engaging read, and especially enjoyed the Exercises at the end of each chapter. These aren't designed to test PhD students, but rather to guide managers through their own thoughts and draw out ideas on how to improve their own business.

For example, Chapter 2, the Innovation Myth, you work through the following sequence:
Q1. What are the top 5 innovative companies you admire?
Q2. Out of those 5, which actually invented the product or service that made them successful?
Q3 For each of the 5, can you list at least three or more qualities that made them innovative?
Q4 Of the qualities listed above, which can you bring to your company, or improve on to deliver stronger customer value?
As difficult as Q4 would be if you brainstormed qualities to enhance customer value, it is easy when you start by thinking about organizations you admire, why you admire them, and how you can apply those ideas to your own organization.

The Bright Idea Box provides a systematic approach to engaging employees through improvements in your own company's innovation process and is recommended for managers looking to enhance both in their their organization.
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5.0 out of 5 stars with good examples. An easy read
Concepts clearly explained, with good examples. An easy read, loved it.
Published 22 days ago by Nicolae Vasiliu
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting Motivated Employees by staying engaged as a Manager
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Jag Randhawa is a Technology Executive, Professional Speaker, and Executive Coach. Born and raised on a farm in rural India, Jag developed a sense of appreciation for doing the best with what you have, which he successfully applied to business when he entered the corporate world. Jag started programming in his early teens and began working full-time as an engineer at age seventeen after completing his diploma in Electronics and Communications Engineering. Subsequently, Jag obtained a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. Jag immigrated to the United States in the late '90s as part of the Y2K demand for software programmers and worked his way up to top management in under a decade. He attributes his successes to building great teams and bringing the best out in of others.

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