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Corporate Creativity

Do you want your company to fulfill it's creative potential?

Ideas Are Free

The fact is, because they're the ones actually doing the day-to-day work front-line employees see a great many problems a...

The Idea-Driven Organization

In their much-anticipated sequel to the bestseller Ideas Are Free (over 50,000 copies sold), Alan Robinson and Dean Schro...

The Idea-Driven Organization (Audio)

Some businesses use front line worker ideas to help profits skyrocket- how do they do it?

  • How to Get Your Managers and Leadership Team on Board

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    How to Get Your Managers and Leadership Team on Board

    A few days ago, I was talking with the CEO of a large company in New England with almost 15,000 employees. A couple of years ago, he had started an idea system, and although things were progressing well, he felt that some members of his leadership team and a significant percentage of his manag...

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    March 6, 2015

  • Catch Them Early

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    Catch Them Early

    A couple of weeks ago, I came across an interesting idea. It’s a simple tactic that can be particularly helpful in newly launched idea programs, or programs that are struggling to get support from supervisors and managers. The tactic comes from Mary Jo Caldwell, the director of the continuous ...

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    March 6, 2015

  • The Power of Idea Fairs

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    The Power of Idea Fairs

    Last week, Dean Schroeder and I were working in Sweden, studying the idea initiatives of government agencies at all levels, from Kommuns (the equivalent of county governments) to national level institutions like the Tax Authority, the Defense Department, and Immigration. Almost everywhere, the...

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    March 6, 2015

  • How Crises Like Ebola Could be Helped with Ideas from Front-Line Workers

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    How Crises Like Ebola Could be Helped with Ideas from Front-Line Workers

    Amidst immense global and societal change, it is clear that citizens around the world are expecting more from their governments. Never has this increased expectation been more clear than in the wake of the Ebola crisis. Healthcare professionals, lay citizens, and politicians alike are all rais...

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    March 6, 2015

  • Are your Supervisors Straw Bosses, Clerks, or Leaders?

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    Are your Supervisors Straw Bosses, Clerks, or Leaders?

    Supervisors are the people directly responsible for coordinating how work gets done, how a company’s goals and strategies are achieved through daily actions, and how routine improvements are accomplished. For most employees, their supervisor is the primary representative of their company – he ...

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    March 6, 2015

  • Welcome to the Idea-Driven Organization Blog

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    Welcome to the Idea-Driven Organization Blog

    Welcome to the Idea-Driven Organization blog. We believe there are few things with more potential for improving an organization’s performance than ideas from its front-line employees. Every day, front-line employees see many problems and opportunities that their managers don’t. They have plent...

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    March 6, 2015

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