A century ago, Frederick Taylor taught that a manager's job was to think, and a worker's job was to do. Today, many manufacturers still operate this way. Their workers check their brains at the door. This Making Ideas a Central Part of Work program explains how "lean leaders" make ideas explicitly part of everyone's job. Workers are expected to come up with them, managers are held accountable for their success in getting ideas, and the company's policies, structures and operating practices are designed to smooth the way for ideas, rather than to obstruct them.
This program is part of an eight-program series, The Secret of Getting Lean Ideas from Employees, which includes and is based on the book Ideas Are Free. It will show you how to unlock the tremendous potential in your lean initiative by tapping into the ideas of your front-line employees.
Authors and presenters, Dr. Alan Robinson and Dr. Dean Schroeder studied more than 150 organizations in 17 countries to discover what worked, what didn’t, and why when it comes to promoting ideas.
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