Guest Post – Flip-chart foraging and why its worth trying the Draw Something application

Today’s post comes from a good friend of ideasUK, if you have never visited What’s the Pont, I suggest you go over and have a look, it is a great site to visit

One of my pastimes is checking out the abandoned flipcharts I find in the variety of offices and meeting rooms I get to frequent. It’s quite a revealing pastime (possibly about me unfortunately). Occasionally you do stumble across sensitive material, obviously this goes straight in the confidential waste bin, or back into the hands of the originator. However, it’s the other material on flipcharts that fascinates me. I reckon you can get a useful insight into an organisation from the debris gets left behind on the flipcharts. The more frantic the scribbles, the more I like it.  Line & box diagrams, mind maps, dodgy graphs, stick people and bullet points all feature. Whatever form it takes it’s all a great informal record of organisational life. The real story of what’s going on from the hands of the people who know the place best.

This helpfully gives me an opportunity to talk about some recent experiences where a drawing has helped focus a discussion. Continue reading


We’re making ideasUK more accessible

Over the past few weeks we have been working on ways to make ideasUK accessible to both members and non members alike.

The chances are, if you are reading this you already know about our blog, however, did you know we also use Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn as communication mediums? And of course, there’s our website, which is regularly updated.

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ideasUK Communication and Marketing Award 2011

We are now seeking entries for ideasUK Communication and Marketing Award 2011.

Entries Must be Submitted by 31 July 2011

Marketing the suggestion programme is vital to its success and a Marketing Plan should be drawn up identifying how marketing activities will assist with the delivery of the overall Business Plan.

All plans should, of course, be regularly reviewed, analysed and outcomes reported to management. This award is based on an assessment of your Marketing Plan and the effective communication of your programme. Continue reading