Get the feedback you need to watch your ideas succeed

Are you impatient with a lack of progress in your organization? Have you been working on a project or initiative that was met with excitement at first, but no longer seems to be going anywhere? We love working with new ideas. That satisfied feeling where everything and everyone on a project aligns. But we know the honeymoon stage can’t last forever. Your team needs to re-discover the romance and take action.

Asking your team members and employees to get more involved in projects is a no brainer. Why would you hire them if you don’t want their opinions? Great things can happen when you look outside of your organization for new ideas. But you may be surprised about the ideas lurking in the hallways of your own office. Ask your employees for help, ideas, and feedback. You won’t regret it. Don’t believe us? Look at these examples of idea management in action and see for yourself.

Idea Management in Action

The GIZ is an organization that helps solve developmental challenges in many countries. This means that they work with various employees, governments and stakeholders around the world. When the GIZ needed to write a new policy they turned to us to use crowd sourcing to write the document. It started with a basic draft, and three weeks later hundreds of colleagues from around the world had contributed to the document. This crowd sourcing resulted in a more rounded and supported policy than the management team could have written on their own.

There are organizations out there that are releasing new services all the time. Services that are bringing value to their communities and making change happen. Why are they so successful? They are not restricting themselves to traditional methods of brainstorming. These are the organizations that are leaving their competitors behind.

Your organization can become a force for change too. If you want the best ideas from your team, you need to ask for their help. Involving your employees in idea generation will naturally bring out the best ideas in your organization.

Seem daunting? Golden Space has you covered! Read through our FAQ below to get all the information you need about Idea Management.

What is Idea Management?

Idea management is about finding the most effective way to find and refine ideas. It means putting systems in place that help your team find, evaluate, and choose the best ideas for new products and strategies. Many organizations have inefficient policies surrounding new ideas; such as a suggestion box or a pitch to the senior management. True idea management reflects a system that allows all members of an organization to submit their ideas for fair consideration.

Why Should I use Idea Management?

If your organization has more than just a few employees, chances are there are a lot of great ideas for improvement that are not being heard. Structuring idea management allows you to manage a stream of ideas for your project or organization. This will allow your organization to grow and your projects to progress. Due to the fact that everyone in the organization will have a say in the ideas and projects that are selected, you will create a sense of community and ownership in the organization which leads to a happy and engaged team members. Idea management software can help you here to reach participants easier.

Do You Have an Example of How On-line Feedback Solves Challenges?

One of our favorite examples of the power of Knowledge Management is the GIZ. The GIZ is an organization that helps solve developmental challenges in many countries. This means that they work with various employees, governments and stakeholders around the world. When the GIZ needed to write a new policy they turned to us to use crowd sourcing to write the document. It started with a basic draft, and three weeks later hundreds of colleagues from around the world had contributed to the document. This crowd sourcing resulted in a more rounded and supported policy than the management team could have written on their own.

Who Will Participate in My Project?

Anyone you think will add value to the conversation! If you are setting up a feedback process for an organization, it makes sense that all of your co-workers and employees will be invited to participate in the project. You may also wish to open it up to dedicated fans or volunteers of your organization.

If you are a project group with one joint task to complete, you may only invite a small team to complete the task. This is common in writing documents and policies, however, you can still invite a large number of fans and community members to a policy project.

How Will Idea Management Help My Project/Organization?

This will vary depending on your goals. Idea management can help you shape and form your ideas, as well as helping overcome specific challenges. It can help your organization come up with new policies and strategies as part of a continual improvement process. One of the most important benefits of idea management is the shared ownership that comes out of projects. When everyone in the organization feels they have contributed equally to a project or process, they will be more likely to stay with the organization, and stay engaged in their work.

How Will I Get Started and Build My Community?

If you are using an on-line software like Golden Space, it only takes a couple of minutes to get started! You can begin by inviting people in your organization, and then considering extending the invitation to community members and fans. Once you’ve got them in the system you can start writing documents and sharing ideas! If you are ready to get serious about knowledge management, we offer a free tutorial with 7 helpful lessons. Get started today!

Our software makes structuring idea management easy. By storing your data in one place and providing around the clock customer support, all we leave you to worry about is the ideas.