UAE and Suggestion Schemes…


I have just spent the past week in the United Arab Emirates visiting companies and auditing their suggestion schemes for accreditation 2012.

As most of you know, the UAE has developed hugely over the past 15 years and Dubai is hardly recognisable from the town it was in the late 90’s. Something that may surprise you though is how employee engagement is taking hold within Governmental Departments in the area.

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I have two jobs…The story of Ricoh UK Products and Employee Engagement


In the third article from reviewing the speakers at our engagement event on the 5th July, we come to Ricoh UK Products.

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A great article on Gemba!


Yesterday I received a Twitter message from a member of ideasUK about a recent site visit they conducted at Ricoh UK Products.

I wanted to share the article because it demostrates several points:

  • One of the greatest benefits of membership to ideasUK is the ability to network and share experiences with other members.
  • As innovation managers, we are always able to learn new things.
  • The ability to share best practice is vastly under-rated by many organisations.

Take a look at the article here and let me know what you think.

We will be holding another networking meeting at Ricoh later this year so if you are interested in attending, just drop us a line.

Webinar – Where do good ideas come from?


This webinar was first shown to members of the employee engagement community at the EIA conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

During this webinar, Larry Truax, the ideas administrator for Grote Industries covers the importance of employees in the ideas process, using Six Sigma tools and Lean Concepts to measure performance, which then leads on to the Performance Pyramid. Continue reading

Idea Management as a Lean Strategy by Bernie Sander


IdeasUK fellow and long time supporter Bernie Sander sent though an article earlier this week which I wanted to share.

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Organizations that succeed in today’s competitive environment share a common secret – their management practices ensure the involvement of all individuals in their organizations. For organizations to be truly successful they must provide vehicles to engage their people and to tap their creativity and innovation. Continue reading