10 Myths & Misconceptions about Ideas by Andy Beddows

Misconceptions about ideas can sink your ideas programme. But since we don’t want to see your hard work go down the drain, we would like to clarify a few points for you. These ‘Ten Biggest Myths’ are adapted from Ideas Are Free by Alan Robinson & Dean Schroeder, to whom we are most grateful.

Myth 1. Big, breakthrough ideas are the ones needed to gain any real advantage.

Fact – Big ideas are often highly visible, and are therefore easily discovered and countered by competitors. On the other hand, most small ideas remain proprietary because there is no natural mechanism for them to migrate to competitors. Over time, small ideas accumulate into a tremendous competitive advantage that is sustainable; the kind of advantage managers should be striving for.

Myth 2. Managers should focus on getting big ideas – little ones aren’t worth the time.

Fact – Small ideas enable an organisation to pay exceptional attention to detail. In many important aspects of business – such as customer service, responsiveness, quality, and managing costs – excellence means getting the details right. It is simply impossible to improve performance beyond a certain level without small ideas. A superior ability to handle details can allow an organisation to do things its competitors literally cannot do.

Myth 3. Without rewards, people won’t give in ideas.

Fact – Yes & No! Continue reading


Integrating Social Networking with Idea Management by Jim Schwarz

Had a great article sent over to me over the weekend from Jim Schwarz, CEO of TQS. Jim has been a long time supporter of ideasUK and can often be found at our annual conference.

Take a look at his article and feel free to comment, I will pass all your comments onto Jim and I am sure he will take great delight in developing a vibrant engaging discussion with you.

So how do you think Social Networking can integrate with Ideas Management? Is there a future for the Twitter application of 140 characters? Recently we have worked with a number of organisations where they have developed peer group review of an idea as the first level of evaluation through internal intranet forums. How would this work in your organisation? Please let us know.



May I Suggest a Suggestion Scheme?

Here is an example of a document put together by a potential member organisation after taking part in an International Ideas Week event and talking to some of our members.

May I Suggest A Suggestion Scheme? – August 2009

This paper discusses staff suggestion schemes and some of the questions and answers gleaned from some research with organisations that currently use such schemes, for example Bupa, Diageo and Boots plus talking to the national charity that helps organisations with schemes, ideasUK.

What is a suggestion scheme? Continue reading