Idea Realization: Discover a wealth of wisdom

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Idea Realization: Discover a wealth of wisdom

"Idea Realization unlocks the hidden value in your organization"

Many organizations are looking for ways to stay relevant and competitive in the marketplace. New products or services, new business models, new markets, all opportunities are considered. In many cases, subject matter experts are consulted, innovation teams created, stakeholder panels organized. And all of this no doubt can contribute to the organizations objective if it is done with the right scope, in the right setting and in the right time. There is an opportunity however, that in many cases is overlooked, is way closer to home and represents a wealth of wisdom: the ideas that reside within the minds and hearts of your employees. When was the last time you went to the work floor and spend a day or more just listening to their ideas, asking questions, inviting them to open up?

Nowadays, many companies are so busy with keeping the business running, working in a company that is stretched and operating in an ever faster changing marketplace. There is simply no time to chase after these ideas, as we have to meet our objectives, budgets and targets. At the same time, actualizing some of the brilliant, yet undiscovered ideas could provide cost relief, new avenues for growth or increased well being for your employees. Contribution to the bottom line as well as an improved engagement and energy level in your organization sound like excellent reasons to pursue Idea Realization. With the right balance between self-initiative, guidance and governance, you can create the space to start a momentum of inspiration, enthusiasm and creativity that, once started and nurtured, will never stop.

"Nowadays, many companies are so busy with keeping the business running, working in a company that is stretched and operating in an ever faster changing marketplace

During my time with Menlo Worldwide as Managing Director for EMEA, we launched a global initiative to adopt LEAN into our corporate culture. Within a year the stream of ideas had turned to such volume that we had to create a pipeline for implementation. The Kaizen teams that implemented their own ideas were our ambassadors on the floor, showing the program was real, the company's commitment was real, the investments were done and the results were AWESOME.

After that, the program sold itself: the well of ideas grew and grew. And the engagement of everybody was at such a high level that it become a competitive discriminator during our European tenders. All of this, by simply activating the stream of ideas that reside within your employees, right here, at your fingertips. The only thing you need to do is pick them up......

Gert Askes

Gert Askes

Passionate about leadership, engagement and change. Understands today’s leadership pressures, dilemma’s, balancing acts and governance issues that leaders are faced with in today’s volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world.

Bright thinker, quick in analyzing, and intuitively knowing the solution. Deep experience in leadership, strategy, acquisitions, integrations, commerce, supply chain, business development, culture and engagement. Leading and transforming large corporate organizations on a national and international scale. Extensive C level experience on national and European level in several positions. Currently holding 2 Supervisory positions.

His personal journey has shown him the beautiful gift of going from control to trust. These insights, combined with his understanding of the business challenges, makes Gert an excellent sparring partner.
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