“In the Kaizen approach, stealing the ideas of others isn’t a negative thing. If somebody else implemented an idea and you can use that idea in your area, a Kaizen organization ENCOURAGES the borrowing, stealing, adoption, and adaptation of ideas. There’s no shame in that. This idea was being preached at one hospital I visited yesterday, which was nice to see.
But… USA Today had a blurb the other day about one idea you shouldn’t steal. It’s an idea that’s already proven not to work – paying bonuses based on the value of improvement ideas.”
Mark exposes a “common sense” payment scheme that in fact discourages teamwork and turns employees into bounty hunters who withhold information from each other.
See on www.leanblog.org