Everyone loves big, dramatic ideas. In fact, the bigger and sexier the ideas, the more people are drawn to them.
So it's not surprising that when managers think about promoting workers' ideas, they envision going after the home runs - the super-sized breakthroughs that promise fame and fortune. Yet it's actually smarter to go after small ideas, as they're where the real action is. Why? According to our research, there are countless reasons. Here we'll focus on two of them - sustainable competitive advantage and performance excellence - as they're vital to every organization's success....
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Today, the best managers companies get and implement more than fifty ideas per person per year from their front-line employees. There is no reason why this couldn’t happen in your organization too! It is purely a matter of management know-how and will.
Alan G. Robinson and Dean M. Schroeder are perhaps the foremost experts in the world on how to get ideas from front-line employees. Their book Ideas Are Free: How the Idea Revolution Is Liberating People and Transforming Organizations is based on their research and consulting experience in more than 300 organizations in 17 countries. They have extensive experience at helping managers at all levels, and in all kinds of organizations – tap the extraordinary power in their employees’ ideas
Their website is worth a browse including: