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Suggest it to the President Forum
Serkalem G.Kirstos, CEO, Ethiopia

Japanese company Mazda had what they called the "Suggest it to the presidents forum" where employees, especially on the bottom level, are encouraged to suggest new working methods to their president. This allowed them to quietly undertake a lot of corrective measures to sustain the company.

Suggestion Box
Jean Claude Perrault, Manager, South Africa
It is difficult for the lower levels to make suggestions that have major impact as they are seldom aware of company strategies.
Furthermore for any senior manager to accept advices from the ranks and files is either desperate or proof of an exceptional character, as senior managers are normally egoistical and self centered.

Suggest it the President Forum
Serkalem G.Kirstos, CEO, Ethiopia
Dear Jean Claude Perrault, definitely!
The thing is that by so doing you will not only increase the commitment of the employees, because they feel considered and meantime you boost their moral of being part of the whole process. Hence they are more likely to buy whatever idea management forwards.
But it should not necessarily mean that management has to take into account any "mammo jambo", but rather - as Tom and Harry suggested - they must refine which is which!

Balanced Approach
Andrea Kelly, Manager, Jamaica
It is like a ball game where the spectator normally has a better view of the match than the players. Getting feedback from lower level staff may have a significant impact on their organisation.
Management doesn't know everything and that is why many times they have to rely on the grapevine. Obtaining feedback and suggestions from lower level staff does not mean that management is desperate but is harnessing information from all levels to assist in decision making.

Use Bottom Up Approach Situational
Hamisi manda, Project Manager, Kenya
Discretion should be exercised depending on the situation, the category of employees and their nature of work. What applies for top level managers may not work well for the lower ranking employees and vice versa.


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