Recent Events  

 

 

Network Event - ‘Game Changers’ - 23rd May

 

When delivering idea programmes, we often operate at the incremental improvement level, with employee ideas aligned to the status quo. Whilst many small improvements can provide significant benefits to an organisation; how do you encourage employees to think beyond the obvious; to explore novel alternatives and deliver disrupting ideas for the future?

 

On Wednesday 23rd May, the MOD, who are long standing members of ideasUK kindly hosted an event at King Henry VIII wine cellar - yes his actual cellar and a fabulous venue for networking. The MOD shared their golden rules for driving disruptive innovation within an organisation, including technologies developed by the MOD now in household use. It was then the turn of David Cowland from Fidelity who shared his experience of how creating the right physical and cultural environment within an organisation can really drive innovation.

 

With over 40 delegates in attendance, conversation flowed and attendees left the event having expanded their personal network and gained tips to implement within their organisations.

 

Details of our next network event to follow shortly.....

 

 

 

 

ideasUK - Global Idea of the Year Winners

 

In 2017 idea networks in the UK, Germany, USA and Dubai all held individual competitions to search for both a highly committed senior leader who supports the innovation culture within their organisation and the much coveted ‘Idea of the Year’ award. The winners from each country competition were automatically enrolled into the global competition, with the announcement of the GLOBAL WINNER taking place at the ideas Arabia conference on Monday 14th May.

 

I am delighted to announce, that after a vigorous judging process with all countries involved, the winner of both the 2018 Global Executive Leader and 2018 Global Idea of the Year were both the ideasUK nominees and am happy to share the winners of each award as:

 

 

Global Executive of the Year:

Elham Ahli

General Directorate of Residency & Foreigners Affairs

Global Idea of the Year:

UAE Ministry Of Health & Prevention:
Heart Rate Emergency Communication (HREC)
Eng. Rehab Esmaeel Al Ahmed

 

 

 

This year’s ideasUK Idea of the Year competition is now open to entries, so for your chance to win, please register on the dedicated website and upload your entries now - https://ideasuk.wazoku.com You may enter up to 10 ideas / organisation - Good Luck!

 

 

 

Webinar - Monday 12th February 2018

 

WebEx recording is available for viewing: WebJoin Meeting: Stephen Healey
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IDEAS UK CHARITY RAFFLE 2017 DECEMBER 2017

 

Ideas UK support Local East Kent Charity

 

Attendees at the Ideas UK 2017 Annual Conference were asked to give generously in support of a local charity in East Kent. Following the Annual Awards Dinner Charity Raffle it was revealed that £700 had been raised.

 

This is the highest amount raised for a number of years.

 

East Kent Mencap believes that the rights and experiences most people take for granted should also be

enjoyed by adults and children with a learning disability and their families.

 

Last year over 1000 people directly participated and benefited from the diverse activities offered by East Kent Mencap, which include helping with enquiries about housing, benefits and finding work as well as organising educational and fun activities.

 

The East Kent Mencap centre is located in the seaside town of Margate and manned by a mixture of employed staff and volunteers who take great pride from the support they offer and who give of their time solely to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to be their best they can be.

 

Ideas UK Finance Director, Alan Firmin, had the pleasure of attending the East Kent Mencap Centre to present the cheque from Ideas UK. An East Kent Mencap Spokesperson said,

 

"We  are so grateful to Ideas UK for thinking of us and supporting us so generously. This money will help us to continuethe great work of the centre and ensure that those who come to us for help and support can rest assured we will be there for them."

 

As you can see the centre clients were delighted to receive the cheque which happens to coincide with

preparations for their Christmas Party.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NETWORKING EVENT

 

 

Can you innovate on your own? Do you know where to start? We believe that people and organisations benefit from mentoring in order to unleash their innovation potential. In this webinar, we will discuss the role of mentoring in innovation, including:

  • -  Are innovators born or made?

  • -  How do you change the mindset of organisational leaders?

  • -  How do you create a culture of innovation?

     

 

 

 

ideasUK Network Webinar


Tuesday 10th October 2017, 9:00am GMT
(12:00 Gulf Standard Time)



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If you missed our first event, on 'Accelerated Innovation', it can be found in the members section of the ideasUK website: www.ideasUK.com
And why not add the following webinar dates to your diary all scheduled for 30 minutes at 9:00am GMT

If there are topics you would like to hear about or you would like to present - please get in touch!



Details:


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FIRST GLOBAL EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP AWARD
in IDEAS MANAGEMENT

 

There are many factors that contribute to the success of an idea scheme/involvement programme within an organisation; the engagement of employees, having a scheme that is well resourced, reward & recognition and all of these are positively influenced through the support of an enthusiastic sponsor.

In 2016 idea networks in the UK, Germany, USA, Dubai and Austria all held individual competitions to search for a highly committed senior leader who supports the innovation culture within their organisation.

 

The winners from each country competition have now been enrolled into the global competition. The first GLOBAL WINNER will be announced at the ZENTRUM IDEAS Conference in Germany on 30th March, however we would like to take the next few weeks to highlight our country winners, so look out for the weekly updates!

CONGRATULATIONS to the WINNERS from each country who are:

 

ideasUK: Richard Firmstone from RICOH UK Products Ltd
ideasUK: Mohamed Al Shehhi from Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi
Ideas Germany: Maik Hopfeld from Kali and Salt
Ideas America: Tom Blades from Grote Industries
Ideas Austria: Grasser Mansuet from Georg Fischer GmbH &Co KG

 


In 2016 idea networks in the UK, Germany, USA, Dubai and Austria all held individual competitions to search for a highly committed senior leader who supports the innovation culture within their organisation.

The winners from each country competition have now been enrolled into the global competition, with the announcement of the first GLOBAL WINNER being made at the ZENTRUM IDEAS Conference in Germany on 30th March.

In the weeks prior to the announcement we are highlighting each country winner and the final individual in the spotlight is:

Maik Hopfeld, Manager, K+S KALI GmbH.

 




Maik works in a mine, about 700 meters below the surface in a totally different world. Maik is engaging and continuously motivates his team to participate in the ideas management scheme in an extraordinary way, achieving a participation rate of more than 80 percent, with 80% of ideas implemented!

Within a special air-conditioned room underground, Maik Hopfeld developed a creative environment and atmosphere for his team to generate new ideas. His personal motto is ‘we need to be open to think of something new and we need to have the courage to make it happen’. He treats every idea as important, stating ‘we need the small ideas to help create the huge ideas’ and supports the implementation of ideas, with the average time to implementation being just 13 days.

The average net-benefit of the ideas generated per employee is the highest with respect to the German ideas management benchmark of the Zentrum Ideas Management.

 

FIRST GLOBAL EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP AWARD
in IDEAS MANAGEMENT

 

There are many factors that contribute to the success of an idea scheme/involvement programme within an organisation; the engagement of employees, having a scheme that is well resourced, reward & recognition and all of these are positively influenced through the support of an enthusiastic sponsor.

In 2016 idea networks in the UK, Germany, USA, Dubai and Austria all held individual competitions to search for a highly committed senior leader who supports the innovation culture within their organisation.

 

The winners from each country competition have now been enrolled into the global competition. The first GLOBAL WINNER will be announced at the ZENTRUM IDEAS Conference in Germany on 30th March, however we would like to take the next few weeks to highlight our country winners, so look out for the weekly updates!

CONGRATULATIONS to the WINNERS from each country who are:

 

ideasUK: Richard Firmstone from RICOH UK Products Ltd
ideasUK: Mohamed Al Shehhi from Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi
Ideas Germany: Maik Hopfeld from Kali and Salt
Ideas America: Tom Blades from Grote Industries
Ideas Austria: Grasser Mansuet from Georg Fischer GmbH &Co KG

 



In the weeks prior to the announcement we are highlighting each country winner. ideasUK had joint winners in 2016 and today the spotlight is on:


Mr. Mohamed Saeed Al Shehhi from the Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi (SCAD)



Mr. Mohamed Saeed Al Shehhi holds the position of Executive Director - Corporate Support Sector. He was instrumental in aligning the organization's vision towards innovation and excellence. With his intellect and innovative thinking, he proposed SCAD's vision of 'Leadership & Innovation in Statistics', placing innovation at the heart of the business strategy.

He has developed a number of innovative schemes and initiatives and personally promotes these through well planned & meticulous execution of awareness campaigns. He designs a 'Promotion Plan' for each initiative to generate curiosity amongst the staff & then launches the follow-on campaign to maximise participation.

To promote an innovation culture, he has organized workshops, Gitex participation, book fairs, sessions to the public and a document centre promoting innovation schemes in SCAD. He has also changed the annual appraisal process to include a 2% bonus for innovation to be included in all employee reviews, again embedding the culture of innovation within the organisation.

Mr. Mohamed Saeed Al Shehhi is not just a figure head, but gets actively involved, chairing 12 meetings every year in SCAD to encourage new ideas to improve quality & performance, attending regular knowledge sharing sessions and is a member of the committee that reviews ideas submitted by staff.

He continually seeks ways to innovate, supporting ideas from conception to implementation and providing encouragement, budget and manpower to ensure the vision of 'Leadership in Innovation' becomes a reality and a way of working for all employees.

 

 

The winners from each country competition have now been enrolled into the global competition. The first GLOBAL WINNER will be announced at the ZENTRUM IDEAS Conference in Germany on 30th March, however we would like to take the next few weeks to highlight our country winners, so look out for the weekly updates!

Today the focus is on Richard Firmstone from RICOH UK Products Ltd




Richard is a great example of a leader who publicly supports all aspects of the suggestion scheme. His dedication to employee engagement and his support to the Ideas Manager of the scheme is second to none. Richard firmly believes that by encouraging employees to participate in the suggestions scheme, great benefits will be had by the individual and the organisation.

Richard is the senior sponsor of the scheme and has shown leadership and ownership since the start. He ensures the scheme is part of the agenda at the senior team meetings; attends the weekly review panel meetings; presents monthly awards with personal interaction with nominees and leads the Annual awards ceremony.

Richard agrees the yearly targets of the scheme and uses the monthly progress report to continue to encourage and challenge both managers and employees to continue to submit ideas, personally contacting teams if implementation is not on target and providing support where required.

Richard has ensured the targets for the team are built into the annual personal reviews for all employees to ensure there is a culture of continual improvement throughout the organisation.

The passionate support Richard has provided over many years has been essential to RICOH maintaining a successful Platinum winning suggestion scheme for 9 consecutive years.

Ricoh UK Products Ltd (RPL) was established in 1983 as the first European production subsidiary of Ricoh Company, Japan and production began in 1985 with Selenium Drum and Toner manufacturing. Office Machine (copier ) production began in May 1986 and in the years that followed our product portfolio steadily grew to include Machines Recycling, Supplies Recycling, Moulding business, Production Print machine manufacture and Production Print Services. Drum production was later transferred to a centralised production location in Japan.

In 2014, Project Darwin saw the realignment of Ricoh's European manufacturing activities, removing duplication across the European factories. For RPL this resulted in the following changes:


* The establishment of a remote annexed production site (the Ricoh European Production Centre) in the Netherlands as the centre for all Office Machine configuration across Europe
* The transfer of RPL's Supplies Recycling and Chemical Toner production activities to our sister factory Ricoh Industrie France in Colmar.
* The transfer of RIF's Toner Bottling and Moulding activities to RPL
* The acquisition of RPL Stirling (formally known as GRAM) which has added Digital Duplicator supplies to our product portfolio
* The opening of RPL's Customer Experience Centre to support Production Print business growth and development
* The introduction of Inkjet & Additive Manufacturing services

This intense period of change saw RPL transformed into a multi-site operation with a wide and varied portfolio covering all three of Ricoh's major business markets, namely'; Office Machines, Commercial Print and Industrial .

 

The transition process was managed smoothly with no disruption to the customer, and this in no small part was due to the high levels of employee engagement that have been fostered across the RPL sites.

 

Our employee engagement approaches are centred around our Ricoh Way Production System which promotes a culture within which "everyone, every day, strives to do something a bit better than they did it yesterday".

 

This commitment to Continuous Improvement ensures that change is seen as a normal every day business challenge and something to embrace rather than fear.