executives are constantly thinking about new ways to improve our products and
corporate processes. Simply put, we are always looking for innovative ways to
improve the company. In Q4 2017 and again in 2018, we expanded our efforts by
inviting the company’s more than 20,000 employees to contribute to a program
called the Big Idea Challenge.
Idea Challenge invited employees to share their ideas and expertise about how
to improve CommScope in three areas:
to our employees for transformative ideas, encouraging them to think
differently. As part of their submissions, executives selected the appropriate
level of effort/company impact for each idea in three categories:
- Tactical (improving, short-term)
CLICK TO TWEET: Zuzana Pospechova explains how CommScope encourages its employees to share their ideas and expertise on how to improve the company using the Big Idea Challenge.
our online Idea Hub collected 727 ideas from more than 1,400 employees in 2017.
We zeroed in on 18 disruptive ideas in the areas of engineering/technology,
sales, marketing, and human resources. They were entered into a concept phase
to further analyze viability, resource commitments and potential impact.
Idea Challenge was so successful that we made it into an annual program. Last
year we gathered more than 212 potentially game-changing ideas from 1,400
comments. We selected 24 semi-finalists in the areas of internal processes and
systems; products, technologies and services; and internal and external
experiences. A review board performed the ultimate evaluation, where selected Big
Ideas moved toward implementation this year.
to Lauren Miller, CommScope’s lead manager on the Big Idea Challenge, “This is
a win-win program,” she said. “CommScope benefits from out-of-the-box thinking
by our employees, and the employees like being part of our corporate
improvement efforts. Miller presented the Big Idea Challenge during the Mack
Institute’s Fall Conference 2018 at Wharton.
been very impressed with the quality and quantity of ideas coming into our Idea
Hub, and we have opened up the process for continuous input.”
crowdsourcing, CommScope has built an ongoing process, technology and product
improvement engine that keeps it at the forefront of innovation.