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Ideas Are Free: How the Idea Revolution Is Liberating People and Transforming Organizations

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Because they're doing the day-to-day work, front-line employees see many problems and opportunities their managers don't. But most organizations fail to realize this potentially extraordinary source of revenue-enhancing ideas. The authors of "Ideas Are Free use real-world examples from their work with hundreds of organizations to show how to exploit the virtually free, per ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published January 9th 2006 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers (first published February 2004)
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Apr 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone with a job and an idea.
My father is one of the authors, so I think I may be just a tad biased, however, I really liked it. I actually helped pick out the cover. It's a good book for any manager to read, or any employee. Read it!
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this hyper-competitive and economically uncertain world, there is a free resource for efficiency and money-saving ideas that few companies have accessed. Why not ask your employees for their suggestions to make the company better?

It's not as easy as putting up suggestion boxes, and waiting for the flood of ideas. First, look at your corporate culture. If yours is the sort of company that discourages ideas from employees (workers are there to work and not think), it will take a lot of work on
Luis Fernando Franco
Un libro verdaderamente transformacional (casi)

El libro es como para cinco estrellas, ya que define muy bien cuales son los beneficios de implementar un Sistema de Gestión de Ideas, deja ver cómo es la cultura organizacional en las empresas que han implementado un sistema de este tipo y como es un factor fundamental para ganar una ventaja competitiva sostenible. Está lleno de ejemplos de las mas variadas organizaciones, desde pequeñísimas empresas de "non-for-profit" hasta multinacionales.

En mis
Bob Wallner
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Leaders, Managers, Continuous Improvmement
Recommended to Bob by: Karen Martin via Webinar

I listened to the Audible unabridged audiobook. This book was recommended by Karen Martin during one of her webinars. I respect Ms. Martin and per her suggestion this book did not disappoint.

The concepts hit close to my heart. My company operates 2 independent employee suggestion programs.
1 - Is a traditional program with payouts. I oversee this system and frankly it sucks. Most suggestions are huge that require engineering support and with limited resources get tabled. Some
May 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Another book that could have been an article. Idea systems that effectively funnel ideas from front line employees to senior management create competitive advantage-- that's it. However, it was interesting to learn that reward systems designed to incentivize employees to share their ideas tend to backfire pretty badly. The summaries and tips at the end of each chapter are pretty helpful too.
Troy Doughty
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Quick read, really enjoyed the idea of working at the lowest levels for improvement ideas. The people that do the job every day are smarter than you...don't take it personally, use them as a resource.
Lori Grant
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
A should-read book on creative frameworks in self development for knowledge workers, managers, executives, and entrepreneurs.
Sander Ruitenbeek
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Interesting, but once you get the jest of it, it could be a long read.
Dec 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Fantastic book, especially for someone in industry.
Examples of idea generation from employees of all levels. And Alan Robinson is a very dynamic and personable man - you can see it in his writing.
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Dr. Alan G. Robinson specializes in lean production, managing continuous improvement, creativity, ideas and innovation, and is the co-author of six books, which have been translated into more than twenty languages. His new book, The Idea-Driven Organization (co-authored with Dean Schroeder) is scheduled to be released on March 31, 2014.

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