The Idea-Driven Organization
Unlocking the Power in Bottom-Up Ideas
By Alan J. A. Robinson, Dean M. Schroeder
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Final Release Date: March 2014
Pages: 216

Too many organizations are overlooking, or even suppressing, their single most powerful source of growth and innovation. And it's right under their noses. The frontline employees who interact directly with your customers, make your products, and provide your services have unparalleled insights into where problems exist and what improvements and new offerings would have the most impact.

In this follow-up to their bestseller
Ideas Are Free , Alan G. Robinson and Dean M. Schroeder show how to align every part of an organization around generating and implementing employee ideas and offer dozens of examples of what a tremendous competitive advantage this can offer. Their advice will enable leaders to build organizations capable of implementing 20, 50, or even 100 ideas per employee per year.

Citing organizations from around the world, they explain what's needed to put together a management team that can lead the type of organization that embraces grassroots ideas and describe the strategies, policies, and practices that enable them. They detail exactly how high-performing idea processes work and how to design one for your organization.
There's constant pressure today to do more with less. But cutting wages and benefits and pushing people to work harder with fewer resources can go only so far. Ironically, the best solution resides with the very people who have been bearing the brunt of these measures. With Robinson and Schroeder's advice, you can unleash a constant stream of great ideas that will strengthen every facet of your organization.

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    If you now and then come up with ideas that your organization could benefit from but feel most of your ideas get rejected, stuck in benefit analysis, or forgotten, then you should buy this book.

    The book explains the difference between Suggestion Box organizations biased toward rejecting unnecessary ideas, and Idea-Driven organizations focused on exploring ideas.

    With all the experience the authors have, almost all instructions how to migrate to an idea-driven system are accompanied with one or more real-world examples. This makes the book very interesting to read.

    With the good outline of the book, an acceptable level of duplication, chapter key points, relevant real-world examples, and hands-on instructions, this book is worth four stars at least. I give it five stars since the content of this book is game-changing within organizational management.

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