Ideas Are Free: How the Idea Revolution Is Liberating People and Transforming Organizations / Edition 2
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Ideas Are Free: How the Idea Revolution Is Liberating People and Transforming Organizations / Edition 2

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by Alan G Robinson, Dean M Schroeder
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1576753743

ISBN-13: 9781576753743

Pub. Date: 01/09/2006

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.

Because they're doing the day-to-day work, front-line employees see many problems and opportunities their managers don't. But most organizations fail to realize this potentially extraordinary source of revenue-enhancing ideas. The authors of "Ideas Are Free use real-world examples from their work with hundreds of organizations to show how to exploit the

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Because they're doing the day-to-day work, front-line employees see many problems and opportunities their managers don't. But most organizations fail to realize this potentially extraordinary source of revenue-enhancing ideas. The authors of "Ideas Are Free use real-world examples from their work with hundreds of organizations to show how to exploit the virtually free, perpetually renewable resource of employee ideas. The book explains how sustainable competitive advantages in areas ranging from productivity and responsiveness to cost reduction and quality assurance are only possible with the attention to detail that comes from getting and implementing large numbers of ideas from employees. Subjects include how to make ideas part of everyone's job, how to set up and run an effective process for handling ideas, how to help people come up with more and better ideas, and how a strong flow of ideas can have a profound impact on an organization's culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781576753743
Publisher:
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/09/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
1,258,485
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.23(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................xi
Acknowledgments....................xv
CHAPTER 1 THE IDEA REVOLUTION....................1
What's in an Idea?....................3
How Ideas Drive a Culture of High Performance....................6
The Need for Managerial Humility....................9
Why Organizations Never Run Out of Improvement Opportunities....................10
Overview of the Book's Main Points....................12
Conclusion....................27
CHAPTER 2 THE POWER OF SMALL IDEAS....................29
Excellence Depends on Small Ideas....................30
Small Ideas and Rapid Organizational Learning....................38
Sustainable Competitive Advantage....................42
How Small Ideas Lead to Big Ones....................46
The True Currency of Managing Ideas....................54
Key Points....................57
CHAPTER 3 THE PITFALLS OF REWARDS....................59
Some Inconvenient Evidence....................61
Why Do People Step Forward with Ideas?....................63
The Invisible Costs of Rewards....................66
Reward Systems That Work....................84
Key Points....................89
CHAPTER 4 MAKING IDEAS EVERYONE'S JOB....................93
"It's Not Your Job to Think"....................94
Making Ideas Part of Employees' Work....................96
Making Ideas Part of the Work of Supervisors....................99
Making Ideas Part of the Work of Middle Managers....................104
Making Ideas Part of the Work of Senior Leaders....................107
Making Ideas Part of the Organization's Work....................111
Key Points....................115
CHAPTER 5 PUTTING THE PROCESS IN PLACE....................119
Characteristic 1: Ideas Are Encouraged and Welcomed....................121
Characteristic 2: Submitting Ideas Is Simple....................124
Characteristic 3: Evaluation of Ideas Is Quick and Effective....................127
Characteristic 4: Feedback Is Timely, Constructive, and Informative....................130
Characteristic 5: Implementation Is Rapid and Smooth....................131
Characteristic 6: Ideas Are Reviewed for Additional Potential....................135
Characteristic 7: People Are Recognized, and Success Is Celebrated....................137
Characteristic 8: Idea System Performance Is Measured, Reviewed, and Improved....................141
Key Points....................144
CHAPTER 6 FOCUSING ON WHAT MATTERS MOST....................149
Choosing What to Focus On....................157
Making Focus a Way of Life....................162
Key Points....................166
CHAPTER 7 GETTING MORE AND BETTER IDEAS....................169
How People Come Up with Ideas....................170
Idea Activators....................173
How to Broaden Employees' Perspectives....................180
Improving Alertness to Problems and Opportunities....................186
Key Points....................193
CHAPTER 8 LIBERATION AND TRANSFORMATION....................197
Ideas and Attitudes....................198
Ideas and Respect, Trust, and Involvement....................201
Ideas and Interpersonal Relations....................204
How Ideas Counter Learned Helplessness....................205
Ideas and a High-Performance Culture....................208
Parting Thoughts....................217
Key Points....................218
Notes....................219
Index....................223
About the Authors....................231

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