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  • Swiftly changing industry rules and a constant stream of new products and services mean that agencies have to be agile and responsive. » read more
  • Most leaders want their organizations to be more innovative. Yet, they often undermine that innovativeness by running them as command and control entities rather than incubators for creativity and ideas. » read more
  • Don’t underestimate the power of your front-line people—they can help you and your company perform at a significantly higher level. But first, you have to learn how to build an organization and management team that is able to listen to and act on bottom-up ideas. » read more
  • Every day, front-line employees throughout the hospitality industry see a lot of problems and opportunities that their managers don’t. » read more
  • Dean Schroeder is co-author (with Alan Robinson) of The Idea-Driven Organization. In this interview, we discuss how to leverage the entire organization and benefit from the power of bottom-up ideas. » read more
  • Dean Schroeder discusses improvement potential and explains how our research consistently finds that, whether in manufacturing or service, healthcare or government, 80% of an organization’s improvement potential is found in the creativity and ideas of its front-line people » read more
  • Moe Abdou and Marilyn Tam sit down for a conversation with Dr. Dean Schroeder for a discussion about how to unleash a constant stream of great ideas that will strengthen every facet of your organization » read more
  • From the time of Alexander the Great to the invention of the steam engine in the 18th century, there was almost no increase in people’s productivity. The speed a soldier in Alexander the Great’s army could travel was limited by the speed of the horse he rode or the beasts pulling his wagon; and weapons they used were all hand forged » read more
  • Every day, employees on the front lines see many problems and opportunities that managers do not. They have plenty of ideas to improve productivity, responsiveness and customer service, for new and better products and services, or to enhance their organizations in other ways. Yet organizations generally pay little attention to soliciting these ideas, believing there is not much value in them » read more
  • How many ideas could your firm push out in the next year? Try for 150,000. Brasilata, a can-making company in Brazil, crushed that record. How? The firm’s chiefs ask staff — bottom to top — what they think could be done better. That shapes the future at a rate of 150 ideas per employee per year, with 90% of all those staff-cranked eurekas put into practice » read more
  • Successful entrepreneurs often complain that their companies have lost much of the innovativeness they had when they were small startups. They miss the environment where new ideas are constantly being debated and acted upon to generate new products, services and value-adding enhancements — or to improve the way the company functions » read more
  • Alan Robinson joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the concept and power of having and idea-driven organization, including how to turn your company into such an organization » read more
  • While getting lots of employee ideas may be a nice way to engage people in a lean initiative, the real power in front-line ideas comes only when they are focused on key strategic goals. To do this, goals need to be translated into terms that employees can impact with their ideas. This blog entry discusses how this can be done » read more
  • For years, it was the conventional wisdom: If you improved quality, costs would also rise. But then companies discovered the opposite was true. By redesigning processes – reducing mistakes, doing things right the first time – companies could provide better products and services and cut their costs. Now it’s time to learn this lesson all over again, as it applies to going green » read more