The Power of an Innovation Council: Increasing Collaboration, Improving Value
Silos – the blocks and barriers that prevent inter-departmental information sharing. With approximately 35,000 employees and a network of 350 strategic locations across 30 countries, BrandSafway is dedicated to breaking down silos and fostering collaboration to make sure ideas and better ways of working see the light of day. And it’s also why BrandSafway formed an innovation council charged with identifying, developing and launching new, forward-thinking ideas.
“This is an exciting time at BrandSafway,” said Vishnu Irigireddy, vice president of Global Engineering for SafeWorks, a BrandSafway company. “The Innovation Council provides an opportunity for ideas to be heard and carefully considered; it’s a great way for our various divisions and departments to build off each other and, in the end, come up with better, safer and more productive solutions for our customers.”
The Council is made up of leaders from throughout BrandSafway, including product line management, safety, business and operational leaders from BrandSafway’s industrial, commercial and infrastructure segments. Representation from diverse areas and perspectives is critical to this type of council to ensure everyone has a voice and ideas can be discussed and vetted from different viewpoints. The Council includes 14 people, which is a good number to facilitate balanced conversation, and meets regularly to address new ideas and to follow up on research and tasks that take place between meetings.
“Our people are our greatest asset,” said Bill Hayes, president and CEO of BrandSafway. “We have the most experienced team in the industry, and the Council provides a forum to capture their ideas and focus on harnessing internal creativity in the development of new processes and tools.”
BrandSafway leads the industry with patented and proprietary products like the QuikDeck® Suspended Access System, which creates a factory-floor-like platform in the air, reducing craft labor by as much as 35 percent or more, and BrandNet®, which increases productivity on jobsites through access optimization. “Our Innovation Council is developing a pipeline of equally innovative solutions,” Hayes said. “They will focus on accelerating ideation, development and commercialization.”
Access and industrial services are connected to many major industries — refining, power, commercial construction, transportation and infrastructure — making safe solutions that can increase productivity all the more important.
“By providing new solutions, we can have a powerful impact on our customers, their industries and the economy,” Hayes explained. “The Council is an important step in improving and accelerating innovation globally, while ultimately increasing the value we bring to our customer sites. BrandSafway is invested in continuing to provide thought leadership in safety, engineering and innovation.”