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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.

 


ideasUK Networking Event: June 2016

Ministry of Defence Headquarters in London

 
Our first face to face networking event happened in June 2016 and took place in the unique surroundings of King Henry VIII wine cellar, which just happens to be situated under the Ministry of Defence Headquarters in London.

The MOD are long standing members of ideasUK and provided us with a great opportunity to network in a venue that few people get to see.


The event gave us the opportunity to hear more about the successful MOD suggestion scheme - GEMS, from the perspective of different branches of the forces. We then gave each attendee the opportunity to introduce themselves, highlight their ideas scheme and pose a question for the group to answer.

The formal sessions finished with an opportunity to link participants with similar interests together and to build networks within the group.

 


 

ideasUK 30th International Conference

The Hensol Castle, Cardiff

9th & 10th November 2016

 

Main Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors



Once again we brought together idea management specialists and suggestors from across the globe for an engaging two day program.

A great opportunity to network, share experiences and learn new skills. This year's program provided a great combination of upfront presentations and interactive workshops with an element of team competition enjoyed by all.


The venue for our annual conference, provided a truly unique setting to celebrate our landmark thirtieth conference. Hensol Castle, is a 400 year old castle on the edge of Cardiff which has a special place in British History with one of the owners overseeing construction of 'Big Ben' part of the Houses of Parliament!

This unique venue provided the perfect backdrop and space to network, enhance learning and engage in collaborative thinking; plus was a great place to celebrate with the 2016 Idea of the Year winners!


Life in the world of innovation and engagement continues to change and with so much electronic communication, our event provided an increasingly rare opportunity for face to face interaction, to expand networks and learn from experts in their fields.

 

 

 

Awards Winners 2016