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You Don’t Have To Finish Your Automation Project

By |2024-07-16T09:17:38+00:00July 20th, 2024|

When firms are looking at automation (or AI) to find other ways of changing and improving what they do), the approach should always be to look at what you do now and how you do it.  You can then automate an already-improved version of your processes and working methods. Those who don’t do this end

Whatever Happened to Common Sense

By |2024-07-13T09:06:27+00:00July 13th, 2024|

Most of us have been in a situation at work where rules have been enforced which are clearly stupid to anyone with common sense.  If you doubt this, you need to read ‘Dilbert’ more. Do you want your employees to obey rules which, to them, are ridiculous …. or do you want them to challenge those

Does Manufcturing Matter?

By |2024-07-05T10:29:58+00:00July 6th, 2024|

Spoiler alert!. Yes, it does! Manufacturing, in spite of continual productivity gains over several decades, is a large employer.  But it also employs a multiple more (often several multiples more) in the wider supply chain - those providing parts, components and ancillary services to the large main manufacturing organisations - the factories themselves. Manufacturing often supports

Take Action

By |2024-06-29T10:00:19+00:00June 29th, 2024|

Occasionally we see an organisation that has pulled itself back from the brink of extinction.  There are two main routes to such survival - one is to find a different product/service (product innovation) ; the other is to drastically change how you do things, reducing time/costs of production/delivery (process innovation). (Doing different things and doing things

Perfection is Over-Rated

By |2024-06-22T09:26:42+00:00June 22nd, 2024|

We all know people who are perfectionists.  They strive in everything they do to be the best, to out-perform all others, to be number one. In some walks of life, this can be a great attribute. If you want to be a professional musician (especially a classical musician) perfectionism is a good goal.   Lang Lang didn’t become

Hand in Hand

By |2024-06-11T10:57:49+00:00June 15th, 2024|

I read a report recently which suggested that the workforce in Pakistan lacks both appropriate skills and the work ethic needed to significantly improve productivity. (This is not of course exclusive to Pakistan - it is true of a quiet a few places - or even industrial sectors.) The report then simply moved on to

If They Can Do It, So Can We

By |2024-06-08T09:46:43+00:00June 8th, 2024|

How does a government kickstart productivity improvement? Well one possible answer Is to benchmark and challenge. A government can set up benchmarking across specific sectors it thinks are important for future growth. It starts by asking firms in the sector what is important in creating future growth - and then setting up a measurement scheme

A Narrow View of Culture

By |2024-06-01T10:01:28+00:00June 1st, 2024|

Most business people are aware that the culture of an organisation has a direct and significant impact on performance and productivity. What is organisation culture? At its most simple, it is the collection of beliefs and values held and promulgated by the senior members of an organisation via their policies, decisions and behaviours.   This in turn drives

Have We All Been Conned?

By |2024-05-20T10:16:22+00:00May 25th, 2024|

Over the last several decades, especially since the second world war, we have been encouraged, and exhorted, to be more productive - to meet ever-stretching targets.  And we have done it. Productivity figures over these years have been quite good. But what happened to those gains? In most of the Western world, there has been a

Longer and Wider

By |2024-05-14T09:50:11+00:00May 14th, 2024|

Too many executive teams are focused on this quarter’s results - the results that will be pored over by stakeholders and analysts, eager for some sign of development, of improving fortunes, of higher profit potential. The problem is that this narrow, short-term view tends to drive out the longer-term thinking that true strategic planning needs.

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