Rob Diemer, Partner
AKF believes that their success is intertwined with their ability to find and promote top innovations from all parts of their business. In 2015, AKF introduced a new strategic plan along with new platforms for employee-driven innovation.
Now three years into this strategic plan, Rob Diemer shares what he's learned about accelerating innovation at AKF.
You'll learn about:
Hosting Innovation Contests
Empowering Individual Innovators
If you only have a few minutes, we recommend jumping to this highlight: Methods for Fostering Innovation (10:09).
00:54 Fall Synthesis Workshop Dates
01:34 Office Hours Recording: Improving Project Management @ CTA Architects Engineer
02:36 Introduction: Rob Diemer @ AKF
03:30 AKF Background
04:58 Vision2020 Strategic Plan
06:19 Tagline: On the Edge of What’s Possible
08:09 The Four Pillars of Vision2020
Fostering & Celebrating Innovation
08:48 Celebrating Innovation
10:09 Methods for Fostering Innovation
12:25 First Innovation Contest: AKF Office of the Future
12:50 Ground Rules
13:20 Winning Entry
15:09 Innovation Realized
Willis: Strategic Communications & Innovation
16:25 Vision2020 / Willis Launch Timeline
16:45 Strategic Communications & Innovation
17:37 Highlighting Project Innovations
18:30 Second Annual Innovation Contest
20:10 AKF Strategic Technology Plan
21:10 Creating an Ideas Network
22:15 Innovation Enterprise - Finding Catalysts
24:46 Q: What has been a bigger challenge for AKF on this journey so far, defining problems worth solving or figuring out which shiny objects to pursue?
27:28 Q: What is the purpose of the Willis Mug?
29:43 Q: What did you do behind the scenes to encourage the author of the “Humble Mechanical Equipment” post to continue the series?
33:48 Q: Did you need to define what AKF means when they say “innovation” to create alignment within the company?
36:26 Q: What lessons did you learn from the first two innovation contests?
40:54Q: Tell us about your personal journey with innovation and what you’ve learned?
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