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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 ›
It's not as easy as putting up suggestion boxes, and waiting for the flood of ideas. First, look at your corporate culture. If yours is the sort of company that discourages ideas from employees (workers are there to work and not think), it will take a lot of work on the part of senior management to convince employees that, this time, things are different. The actual idea submission form must be short, no more than one page. There needs to be a system in place where every idea is acknowledged and evaluated within a specific period of time (for instance, within 24 and 72 hours, respectively). If a middle manager is "sitting on" an idea, for whatever reason, senior management needs to know about it.
In many cases, the immediate supervisor is most qualified to evaluate ideas. Feedback is very important, especially if the idea needs more work, or if the idea has to be rejected. Explaining the reason to the employee will keep them from getting discouraged. When an idea is approved by the right people, there is no reason for it to not be implemented sooner, rather than later (within hours or days, not at the start of the next quarter). There should be continuous checking of ideas to see if they can also be used elsewhere in the company. Managers seem to be only interested in the huge, million-dollar idea. Is there something wrong with a few thousand-dollar ideas?
Setting up a system of monetary rewards for ideas is popular, but not needed.Read more ›
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Good baseline information. Good for an organization. For an individual, not so much. Did not give me any ideas for generating ideas.Published 22 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 on March 24, 2014 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
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
The Kindle sample of this book is useless. It gives you the introduction and credits and nothing else. You never see any of the book's content. Useless.Published on December 6, 2010 by Brian Otley
"I have been given the chance to upgrade my experience form this great book by in person day-long meeting with authors of this book. Read morePublished on February 7, 2010 by Vitek Filip