Idea of the Year Results…


Well the beginning of November was our annual Idea of the Year competition, once again this year, the final was held in conjunction with our annual conference.

There were over 100 ideas submitted from all sectors of our membership and indeed from all over the world. Once a shortlist was decided on, we invited the finalists to our conference to carry out a brief interview with the judges to explain the idea and the benefits it has brought to the organisation. Continue reading

Introducing…Conference 2012


One of the highlights of the calendar at ideasUK is our annual conference and awards dinner. This year the event takes place in Bristol on the 7th and 8th November and we can honestly say that although this is our 26th conference this year the line up is the best we have ever had. Continue reading

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.

Chris Nicholls - Ricoh Continue reading

Engagement the HSBC way


In the first of the articles after the Engagement event on Thursday 5th July, we have decided to focus on the ‘Best Place to Suggest’scheme from HSBC. As anyone who was at the presentation on Thursday will testifiy  the scheme is run with a great passion by Michael, Zufi and James and it is delivering great results for the bank in the United Kingdom.

 

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

ideasUK Conference 2011 – Workshop Speaker – Chris Bolton – Calculating the Benefits from Innovation Programmes


A double post this week introducing workshop speakers for the ideasUK annual conference. Our second speaker this week is Chris Bolton, who works at the Welsh Audit Office, who will hold a workshop on: Calculating the Tangible and Intangible Benefits from Innovation Programmes.

Chris Bolton - Calculating the Benefits from Innovation ProgrammesChris has worked for a number of organisations that include water companies, the Environment Agency and District Audit. Continue reading

ideasUK Conference 2011 – Workshop Speaker – Sarah Dittrich – Success Factors and Best Practices


This week we would like to introduce Sarah Dittrich from Idea Management, who will be leading one of our many workshops at our conference.

Sarah Dittrich - Idea Management - Success Factors and Best PracticesSarah Dittrich studied Business and Economics at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany and at the York University Toronto, Canada majoring in International Relations, Marketing and Social Psychology. Continue reading

ideasUK Conference 2011 – Workshop Speaker – Matthew Hall, Welsh Government


Now we have introduced all the Keynote Speakers for the Conference, we are moving on to the Workshop presenters. This week meet Matthew Hall who works for the Welsh Government:

Matthew Hall - Investing in InnovationRe:New – Investing in Innovation

Matthew leads a suite of projects within the Welsh Government to develop greater innovation amongst its 5,000 civil service staff. This work is at the heart of the organisation’s response to shrinking budgets and the need to look for new ways to deliver.

Working with the Permanent Secretary, the Director-Generals and staff at all levels, Matthew’s portfolio has included both bottom-up and top-down approaches to innovation, with the intention to deliver a more congenial culture for creative action in a work environment not normally associated with such an approach.

An introduction to “Re-New”, the Welsh Government’s staff suggestion scheme.

The presentation will detail the development journey to date and will cover the approach to date and will cover the approach taken to generating ideas, how the best are selected and supported as well as an outline of the approach taken to measure the impact of innovative ideas received through the scheme.

ideasUK conference brochures can be found at the links below.

ideasUK Conference 2011 Brochure

Conference Masterclass Information and Booking Form

Conference 2011 Booking Form

Conference 2011 Booking Information

So what are you waiting for? Get your booking form back to us today, we look forward to seeing you in Cardiff in November.

ideasUK Conference 2011 – Workshop Speaker – Jorn Lövström – SWOT & PEST analysis


Now we have introduced all the Keynote Speakers for the Conference, we are moving on to the Workshop presenters. This week meet Jorn Lövström:

Jorn Lövström - SWOT and PEST analysis workshop presenterCarrying out a SWOT and PEST analysis of your scheme

As a CIPD training professional with almost 20 years’ experience, Jorn began by delivering finance courses. During a departure into the world of ideas schemes, Jorn developed and managed the Ministry of Defence staff suggestion scheme (GEMS) before returning to his current training position, delivering senior management development training. Continue reading