Have more breakthrough ideas

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A presentation I delivered after attending a workshop on creating an idea system. The content (though not the pictures/slides or recaps) are taken directly from that workshop--if you are interested go here: http://www.ideasarefree.com/.
I could record sound to explain these slides, but that's too much work. Contact me if you have any questions about individual slides.

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Have more breakthrough ideas

  1. Have more breakthrough ideas
  2. The greatest source of competitive advantage is creativity.
  3. Black Belt 1.5 million euros Green Belt Project 1 million in Savings Idea System 8 million savings
  4. 2 types of new ideas
  5. Improvements
  6. Innovations
  7. Most creative acts are not plannedfor, or even anticipated
  8. Most great ideas come from front line staff individuals, not management
  9. Study of projects in Japan Facts: • More then ½ award winning projects initiated by individuals, not anticipated by management • Novelty and impact of these projects far exceeded those initiated by management • Award winning projects were individual initiated • Not especially novel ones were management initiated
  10. Creating an idea system
  11. Go after SMALL ideas
  12. Small ideas • Would you prefer to implement 1 big idea or 10 small ideas? • Easier to implement: – Less resistance – Easier to do – Lower risk – Better for learning • Stay proprietary and create sustainable competitive advantage
  13. Share your good ideas
  14. How to share new ideas? • Who needs to know this buttons? • Ideas of the week/month newsletter • Ideas corner on intranet • Ideas searchable database • My great idea workshop • Push and pull strategies (push- newsletter, ideas corner, pull database, workshops)
  15. Don’t reward or incent idea creation!!!
  16. Quantity and quality of ideas Money paid for individual ideas
  17. Not so easily quantifiable ideas Easily quantifiable ideas
  18. Make ideas part of everyone’s job
  19. Idea Goals • For Employees measure: – Quantity and quality of ideas – Number of ideas, number of ideas implemented • For Managers measure: – How well they promote ideas – How many get implemented from their teams **there is no such thing as a bad idea
  20. Measure how many ideas get implemented
  21. The idea board
  22. Increase share of wallet Increase efficiency Innovate Growth Actions These are the goal categories of what we want to achieve
  23. Increase share of wallet Increase efficiency Innovate Growth Actions PROBLEMS GO HERE Input can be complaints, inefficiencies, new ways of doing things, from your team or from suggestions from others
  24. Problems are half of the solutions
  25. Hold weekly 30 minute idea meetings
  26. Decide about what to work on
  27. Increase share of wallet Increase efficiency Innovate Growth Actions ACTIONS GO HERE Actions Owner Date
  28. Increase share of wallet Increase efficiency Innovate Growth Actions PROBLEMS GO HERE Input can be complaints, inefficiencies, new ways of doing things, from your team or from suggestions from others ACTIONS GO HERE Actions Owner Date
  29. Good idea process • Drive down decision making and implementation to the lowest possible levels • Pass constraints down as well • Resource support functions for the volume and type of ideas that come in, make supporting ideas part of the job • Only pass up completed work
  30. Only report implemented actions!!
  31. Be Process-Oriented Not Results-Oriented
  32. Avoid Cost- Benefit Analysis
  33. How far can CBA see?
  34. CBA • Can be good priority/ decision making tool – appropriate when outcomes are well known or when prior experience with similar situations • Tends to see the costs more readily then the benefits – Estimates CBA sees as little as 20% of benefits • Increases the cost of decision making, filters out small ideas
  35. Aspects easy to quantify Aspects hard to quantify Non-quantifiable aspects Unknown aspects Benefits Costs
  36. Ask for specific problems to be solved
  37. Focus Employees on Ideas You Want • Articulate and legitimize • Focusing people on particular topics leads to more ideas • Expose employees to new experiences to broaden their perspectives – Improve their powers of observation – Hone their idea generating skills – Give them problem-sensitizing questions
  38. Change creates the need for further change
  39. How to increase creativity
  40. 6 elements of creativity
  41. Self-initiated activity
  42. How can we promote self- initiated activity?
  43. Unofficial activity
  44. How can we promote unofficial activity?
  45. Serendipity Fortunate Accidents Sagacity Creativity+ =
  46. How can we promote serendipity?
  47. Diverse Stimuli
  48. How can we promote diverse stimuli?
  49. Within-company communication
  50. How can we promote within company communication?
  51. Strong Alignment
  52. How can we promote strong alignment?
  53. Questions? Thank you!

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