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

ISBN-10: 1576753743

ISBN-13: 9781576753743

Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Alan G. Robinson, Dean M. Schroeder

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Book details

List price: $21.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/9/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
The Idea Revolution
What's in an Idea?
How Ideas Drive a Culture of High Performance
The Need for Managerial Humility
Why Organizations Never Run Out of Improvement Opportunities
Overview of the Book's Main Points
Conclusion
The Power of Small Ideas
Excellence Depends on Small Ideas
Small Ideas and Rapid Organizational Learning
Sustainable Competitive Advantage
How Small Ideas Lead to Big Ones
The True Currency of Managing Ideas
Key Points
The Pitfalls of Rewards
Some Inconvenient Evidence
Why Do People Step Forward with Ideas?
The Invisible Costs of Rewards
Reward Systems That Work
Key Points
Making Ideas Everyone's Job
"It's Not Your Job to Think"
Making Ideas Part of Employees' Work
Making Ideas Part of the Work of Supervisors
Making Ideas Part of the Work of Middle Managers
Making Ideas Part of the Work of Senior Leaders
Making Ideas Part of the Organization's Work
Key Points
Putting the Process in Place
Ideas Are Encouraged and Welcomed
Submitting Ideas Is Simple
Evaluation of Ideas Is Quick and Effective
Feedback Is Timely, Constructive, and Informative
Implementation Is Rapid and Smooth
Ideas Are Reviewed for Additional Potential
People Are Recognized, and Success Is Celebrated
Idea System Performance Is Measured, Reviewed, and Improved
Key Points
Focusing on What Matters Most
Choosing What to Focus On
Making Focus a Way of Life
Key Points
Getting More and Better Ideas
How People Come Up with Ideas
Idea Activators
How to Broaden Employees' Perspectives
Improving Alertness to Problems and Opportunities
Key Points
Liberation and Transformation
Ideas and Attitudes
Ideas and Respect, Trust, and Involvement
Ideas and Interpersonal Relations
How Ideas Counter Learned Helplessness
Ideas and a High-Performance Culture
Parting Thoughts
Key Points
Notes
Index
About the Authors
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