The Idea-Driven Organization (Audio)

Unlocking the Power in Bottom-Up Ideas

Alan Robinson (Author) | Dean Schroeder (Author) | Walter Dixon (Narrated by)

Publication date: 02/01/2015

The Idea-Driven Organization (Audio)
In their much-anticipated sequel to the bestseller Ideas Are Free (over 50,000 copies sold), Alan Robinson and Dean Schroeder explain that employee ideas are no longer a “nice-to-have” but rather the very lifeblood of competitiveness, culture, and strategy. Their new book shows how to align every part of the organization around generating and implementing ideas at the front line.
  • By the authors of the classic Ideas Are Free
  • Shows how systematically encouraging and implementing employee ideas can unlock up to 80 percent of an organization's potential for innovation and improvement
  • Full of illuminating examples from innovative companies around the world, such as Brasilata, Hickory Chair, Allianz, and Toyota

Too many organizations are overlooking, or even suppressing, their single most powerful source of growth and innovation. And it's right under their noses. The frontline employees who interact directly with your customers, make your products, and provide your services have unparalleled insights into where problems exist and what improvements and new offerings would have the most impact. But these ideas are rarely listened to or acted on.

In this follow-up to their bestseller Ideas Are Free, Alan G. Robinson and Dean M. Schroeder show how to align every part of an organization around generating and implementing employee ideas and offer dozens of examples of what a tremendous competitive advantage this can offer. Their advice will enable leaders to build the kind of idea-driven organization capable of implementing 50 to 100 or more ideas per employee per year.

Using examples from idea-driven organizations around the world, they explain what's needed to put together a management team that embraces grassroots ideas and describe the strategies, policies, and practices that enable-or hinder-them. They detail exactly how high-performing idea processes work and how to design one that fits your organization, including teaching employees how to come up with more and better ideas.

Every organization today is being pressed to do more with less. But cutting wages and benefits and pushing people to work harder with fewer resources can go only so far. Ironically, the best solution resides with the very people who have been bearing the brunt of these measures. With Robinson and Schroeder's advice, you can unleash a constant stream of great ideas that will strengthen every facet of your organization. But while the ideas may come from the bottom, the effort to encourage and implement them must be led from the top.

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In their much-anticipated sequel to the bestseller Ideas Are Free (over 50,000 copies sold), Alan Robinson and Dean Schroeder explain that employee ideas are no longer a “nice-to-have” but rather the very lifeblood of competitiveness, culture, and strategy. Their new book shows how to align every part of the organization around generating and implementing ideas at the front line.

  • By the authors of the classic Ideas Are Free
  • Shows how systematically encouraging and implementing employee ideas can unlock up to 80 percent of an organization's potential for innovation and improvement
  • Full of illuminating examples from innovative companies around the world, such as Brasilata, Hickory Chair, Allianz, and Toyota

Too many organizations are overlooking, or even suppressing, their single most powerful source of growth and innovation. And it's right under their noses. The frontline employees who interact directly with your customers, make your products, and provide your services have unparalleled insights into where problems exist and what improvements and new offerings would have the most impact. But these ideas are rarely listened to or acted on.

In this follow-up to their bestseller Ideas Are Free, Alan G. Robinson and Dean M. Schroeder show how to align every part of an organization around generating and implementing employee ideas and offer dozens of examples of what a tremendous competitive advantage this can offer. Their advice will enable leaders to build the kind of idea-driven organization capable of implementing 50 to 100 or more ideas per employee per year.

Using examples from idea-driven organizations around the world, they explain what's needed to put together a management team that embraces grassroots ideas and describe the strategies, policies, and practices that enable-or hinder-them. They detail exactly how high-performing idea processes work and how to design one that fits your organization, including teaching employees how to come up with more and better ideas.

Every organization today is being pressed to do more with less. But cutting wages and benefits and pushing people to work harder with fewer resources can go only so far. Ironically, the best solution resides with the very people who have been bearing the brunt of these measures. With Robinson and Schroeder's advice, you can unleash a constant stream of great ideas that will strengthen every facet of your organization. But while the ideas may come from the bottom, the effort to encourage and implement them must be led from the top.

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Visit Author Page - Alan Robinson



Alan Robinson has authored or coauthored seven books and more than sixty articles. His book Corporate Creativity, coauthored with Sam Stern, was a finalist for the Financial Times/Booz Allen & Hamilton Global Best Business Book Award, and it was named “Book of the Year” by the Academy of Human Resource Management. He has a PhD from the Whiting School of Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University and a BA/MA in mathematics from the University of Cambridge. He teaches at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

For more about how to unlock the power in bottom-up ideas in your organization, visit the authors’ website at www.idea-driven.com.


Visit Author Page - Dean Schroeder

Dean M. Schroeder has authored or coauthored three books and more than eighty articles. He is the Herbert and Agnes Schulz Professor of Management at Valparaiso University in Indiana. He is a two-time Shingo Prize winner, and for five years he served on the board of the U.S. Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. He earned a PhD in strategic management from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, and he has a BS in engineering from Minnesota and an MBA from the University of Montana.

For more about how to unlock the power in bottom-up ideas in your organization, visit the author's website at www.idea-driven.com.



Narrated by Walter Dixon

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

1 | THE POWER IN FRONT-LINE IDEAS

The Clarion-Stockholm Hotel

The Impact of Front-Line Ideas: The 80/20 Principle

Creating an Idea-Driven Organization

Why Are Idea-Driven Organizations So Rare?

Realigning the Organization for Ideas

Effective Idea Processes

Getting More and Better Ideas

Idea Systems and Innovativeness

2 | A DIFFERENT KIND OF LEADERSHIP

Why Leaders Are Often Blind to Front-line Ideas

Fighting Back

Key Points

3 | ALIGNING THE ORGANIZATION TO BE IDEA DRIVEN:

Strategy, Structure, and Goals

Strategy and Goal Alignment

Structuring for Ideas

Key Points

ALIGNING THE ORGANIZATION TO BE IDEA DRIVEN:

Management Systems

Budgeting and Resourcing the Idea Process

Aligning Policies and Rules

Aligning Processes and Procedures

Aligning Evaluation and Reward Systems

Conclusion

Key Points

5 | HOW EFFECTIVE IDEA PROCESSES

WORK

The Kaizen Teian Process

Team-Based Processes

Facilitation

Escalation

The Electronic Suggestion Box Trap

Key Points

6 | IMPLEMENTING A HIGH-PERFORMING IDEA SYSTEM

Step 1 Ensure the leadership's long-term commitment to the new idea system

Step 2 Form and train the team that will design and implement the system

Step 3 Assess the organization from an idea management perspective

Step 4 Design the idea system

Step 5 Start correcting misalignments

Step 6 Conduct a pilot test

Step 7 Assess the pilot results, make adjustments, and prepare for the launch

Step 8 Roll out the system organization-wide

Step 9 Continue to improve the system

Key Points

7 WAYS TO GET MORE AND BETTER IDEAS

Problem Finding

Creating a Problem-Sensitive Organization

Key Points

8 | FRONT-LINE IDEAS AND INNOVATION

Innovations Often Need Front-Line Ideas to Work

Front-Line Ideas Create Capabilities That Enable Innovations

Front-Line Ideas Can Transform Routine Innovations into Major Breakthroughs

Front-Line Ideas Can Open Up New Opportunities for Innovation

Setting Up an Idea System Removes Many of the Barriers to Innovation

Bringing It All Together

Conclusion

Key Points

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

About the Authors

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