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Where Did All the Employee Ideas Go?

Posted by Timothy Carrington on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

When I was a kid, I remember watching Quickdraw McGraw, a goofy cartoon character (a horse, I think) with a Donkey as a sidekick.  Almost every episode, the sidekick would have an idea, or see a problem that QuickDraw had missed.  When the sidekick tried to alert QuickDraw, he would reply with “I’ll do the thin(k)ing around here, and don’t you forget it!”  Maybe you have heard (or worse yet, said) those words in a business environment.  What a waste, and a dangerous situation.  Managers who don’t require employee feedback (not just allow, tolerate or patronize it) are guilty of wasting company money in the worst way.  There are many stories of employees on factory lines (doing repetitive tasks all day) developing innovations to benefit the overall operation.  Wisdom is where you find it, and its value is not diminished based on where it comes from.

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Tags: management development, employee ideas, employee suggestions