On the desk of S., the chief scientist of Raphael, is a modest little brochure with the sentence of Albert Einstein, “Creativity is seeing what everyone has seen and thinking what no one has thought.”
“For me, it’s the sentence that sums it all up, the ones I’m looking for,” he says. “Them”, for him, are the employees who think of something in the shower, while traveling or dream about it in their sleep. “We want them to come to us, and we’ll help them promote opportunities and germinate their ideas,” he says.
In a world of rapid technological development, and with a comprehensive concept of innovation in the background, Rafael recognized an opportunity to implement the open innovation model, as a tool for developing and maintaining a business advantage and technological superiority of the company.
During an internal organization, an entrepreneurship plan was created for her, which invites every employee at Rafael who has an innovative, different and creative idea to present it and compete on a funding track for the development of the initiative. The main idea is to enable the development of innovative ideas that are not funded in the regular research and development track.
“House for the Seen”
The purpose of the program, led by S. with Dr. Irit Eden, Senior Vice President for Development and R&D at Raphael, is to promote entrepreneurship, germination and technological innovation at Raphael, for the benefit of the company’s development and business promotion. Each idea must meet pre-defined criteria – a relevant idea Rafael’s occupations have the potential to be realized in the product and are valuable in a unique way, using a variety of technologies. “The initiative that the employee brings must be significantly different from the usual way of doing things and one that brings significant and groundbreaking changes,” explains S.
S. has held the position of Rafael’s chief scientist for nearly three years, but a number of his predecessors in office have lifted the glove to promote internal entrepreneurship. “We put out a ‘call to action’ for all the employees at Raphael, who invites everyone to submit ideas, initiate and promote innovation from within,” he says. “This is a dedicated budget of millions, dedicated entirely to the technological fantasies of the employees. Of course, this is an internal entrepreneurship, at the end of which there should be business potential. We can say that we have in fact set up an internal organizational start-up incubator.”
Q: “A team of senior R&D officials was established in Raphael, with each team an expert in their field. The team’s goal is to filter and locate the ideas that are really different. “S. says that this is the third year in which 70 proposals for employee initiatives are submitted and in an initial screening 12-15 proposals were presented to the committee. Of the proposals presented to the committee, only four projects are selected with full funding for up to two years.
S. admits that increasing the publication of the program in the last two years has created an organizational buzz among developers with entrepreneurial ability. However, this is not enough, and he calls on more employees to respond to the challenge. “The program is a home for the germinators and also an important component of the innovation package marketed inside and outside Raphael,” he says.
“Looking for the wink”
“Today everyone is talking about innovation, but only a few manage to get their hands on it,” says Eden. “In almost all organizations, the issue of innovation is defined as one of the most important, but at the same time they also admit that performance in this area is not the best. In my view, innovation is the ability of the organization and its employees to look at assets – those that exist and those with future potential. We will be able to create new values for our clients, which sometimes requires a direct line from the idea holder to the chief scientist, one who skips over managerial hierarchies, to present an innovative and unusual idea that seeks funding for proof. We founded within a large, and sometimes heavy, venture capital organization. Quickly and reach proof of feasibility quickly. “
The final committee was recently held, and four ingenious idea initiators won and received funding for two years.
“These are four absurd ideas, but from a two-game game, that if they grow skin and tendons and come to fruition, it will be in a huge row. The committee sought and located the same wink that the four ideas have. “On the face of it, they sound absurd, they will succeed, they will prove what simplicity is, they will save a lot of costs and make a significant contribution to the security of the State of Israel,” S. concludes.
Rafael, which develops and manufactures technologically advanced and groundbreaking systems at the forefront of operational needs, has set itself another mission – to be a leading and inspiring center of attraction for outstanding manpower in all disciplines. Along with the fact that many candidates are knocking on the gates of society, and in parallel with the competition for the talents and employment options that have expanded, Rafael is constantly working on recruiting the best minds in Israel.
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