Getting ideas

On the fly tagging is important because with many new ideas (half-bakeded ones), it is difficult to explain them. Simple tagging is not categorizing but a way to informally describe something in our own words. Malcolm Gladwell, author of "The tipping point " and "blinks" offers some anecdotes on why we can’t trust people’s opinions — because we don’t have the language to express our feelings (audio file from IT conversations with Mr. Gladwell). I believe that using simple words and metaphors - tags, we can describe new meaning to our feelings about new ideas.

READY...dig in to your company's subculture and harvest raw ideas...

People want to participate! To find out how your people are dealing with daily challenges, start with internal blogs. The simple tagging system in Ideascape pushes the most active tags, those getting the most attention,  to the top of a list. In addition, employees from other parts of the company are seeing action on a problem or challenge and may have something to contribute. On every blog entry, every word in the text that has an external tag (those from the net) have a clickable icon next to them to indicate that their are discussions on the net. The user can choose to follow these leads and join a relevent discussion to find ideas, solutions or gain greater insights.  Ideascape improves the management, flow, and quality of ideas, both small and big ones across the organization. Use it to classify, cultivate, spread, and apply ideas that target specific circumstances, aggregate themes or future possibilities. In other words, to get fast, meaningful results, put your goals and the realities of the business in sync with the daily work activities of your people and customers and what they value. Listen!

AIM... Challenges, Opportunities.

Get qualitative ideas from multiple sources – even unconventional ones that offer diversity and independence - blended and synthesized with your own. Ideascape instantly establishes relationships with internal and external tags (those from the net) which leads to more and better ideas. Imagine having an immediate feedback to capture the company’s informal social network – the daily problems, challenges, and opportunities that your employees and customers face. From resource allocation and processes to priorities and values  - your people can create innovative solutions to complex problems.

FIRE! ... Execute ideas to increase efficiency, reduce waste, improve the bottom line and most of all - make people happy.

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