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4 Reasons Companies Should Invest in Employee Participation Programs

Posted by Nate Pruitt

Apr 21, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Harness the Power of Your Crowd

There’s a reason why, out of billions of web pages, Google can almost always bring you the one with the bit of information you want.  It’s what James Surowiecki calls, “The Wisdom of Crowds.” The collective behavior toward a webpage measured in visits and links gives Google far better insight into its value to a searcher than any person ever could.  This principle applies to business as well.  As Surowiecki wrote in his 2004 best seller, “… much of what we've seen so far suggests that a large group of diverse individuals will come up with better and more robust forecasts and make more intelligent decisions than even the most skilled decision maker."

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Topics: Collaboration

How to use Social Innovation to Solve the Worst Problems

Posted by Nate Pruitt

Apr 14, 2014 11:00:00 AM

 

The Role of Employees in Solving Problems

Let’s face it, you’ve got problems.  Every organization does.  Don’t worry, it’s normal.  You should worry, however, if your company culture dictates that problems are solved from the executive suite with solutions handed down from those up high.  If this is the case, it means that only the biggest, most attention-grabbing problems get solved, and that lots of great employee ideas for resolving issues are wasted.  The antidote to this top-down approach is social innovation.

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Topics: Collaboration

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