The Core Concept Rules!


Today’s guest post is written by Andy Beddows

Call me sad, call me old fashioned, but I have just been watching an old VHS video tape of ABBA. While watching it struck me how time can have different effects on components of these memories.

Yes, everyone grows older and the fashions were just … Did I really wear flairs like that? But the core music remains fresh and above all popular. So it should be no surprise that these varied effects can also be applied to the collection of ideas. As with the music the core concept, in this case employee ideas being of value to the organisation, remains as strong as ever.

What has changed is the ‘decoration’, how we collect ideas and the way we say thank you. Technology gave ABBA the opportunity to be at the forefront of the music video not initially as a new promotion tool, but just a personal desire to avoid travelling. Today we embrace all new technologies to promote and operate our suggestion schemes, a continuation of those pioneering technological advances of the seventies, eighties and nineties. Continue reading

ideasUK’s chairman shares his DiB conference presentation


Andy Beddows, the ideasUK Chairman and Tom Dupre, a long term supporter and Fellow of ideasUK, recently spoke at the DiB (Deutsches Institut für Betriebswirtschaft) in Berlin. The theme of the two-day event was ‘motivation’.  There were around two hundred delegates from German organisations with representatives of sister associations in the UAE, USA and UK.  The programme involved two mornings of full sessions with presentations and discussion split by an afternoon of workshop sessions.

Andy and Tom have been kind enough to allow us to share their presentation (webinar) with you.

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