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Schedule core working hours, not meetings

By |2021-07-29T21:25:52+00:00July 31st, 2021|

One of the keys to high productivity is to organise - and then to schedule - work according to its priority and urgency.  Too often, though, this potential productivity gets sidelined as other facto come into play - meetings get scheduled and key personnel get jacked out of operational processing.  Now,  a new approach is helping restore

Become a Conductor

By |2021-07-22T21:07:04+00:00July 24th, 2021|

What separates the very best musicians from the also-rans is the long-term commitment to the goal, and to the practice required to achieve it.  Hours, days, weeks and years of relentless practice drive up performance, improvs timing and rhythm and change the person from someone who plays an instrument into a musician.  They become flexible, resilient, agile

Look at the Outcomes

By |2021-07-15T18:33:53+00:00July 17th, 2021|

When trying to improve productivity, many people start by looking at inputs - trying to reduce costs by saving materials, energy or manpower.  There is nothing wrong with such an approach except that it is an incremental approach. Your are unlikely to save more than 10-15% of costs so productivity can only rise by that

Detoxify Productivity

By |2021-07-08T21:30:16+00:00July 10th, 2021|

If your organisation expects you to be ‘always on’, always working, always available by telephone or email, they are exhibiting signs of ‘toxic productivity’.  I hate that term for all sorts of reasons but mainly because it has nothing to do with productivity. People who work 24 x 7 (or think they do) are unlikely

Its only a Sugar Rush

By |2021-07-01T15:08:18+00:00July 3rd, 2021|

When the pandemic hit and the world went into ‘lockdown’,  most companies moved into remote working, using technology to support employees working from home. There were all sorts of claims that productivity improved as a result.  I’m afraid that I was churlish enough to cast doubt on these claims (in this blog) suggesting that the

Steer Your meetings to Success

By |2021-06-24T14:58:55+00:00June 26th, 2021|

If you start your online meetings by simply asking a question such as..”You’ve all seen the plan. Any comments?”, your team members will probably look away from their cameras down at their desks (or kitchen tables.).  The energy drains from the meeting before it has really started.   Team members do not know what is being asked

Accept Poor Performance at your Peril

By |2021-06-17T17:03:52+00:00June 19th, 2021|

Measuring performance is essential for a number of reasons.   Firstly, as the adage goes … if you can measure it, you can manage it.How do you predict job times if you don’t know the performance level at which your equipment and your people will work. Secondly, if you don’t know performance levels, ho do you

Meetings, B****y Meetings

By |2021-06-10T17:39:41+00:00June 12th, 2021|

If you are always moaning about the number of meetings you have to attend, then almost certainly you do have too many meetings.  The pandemic - and the forced switch to Zoom and Teams and the like for meetings - has opened up meetings to all. Just because all can attend, it doesn’t mean that all

On The Right Track

By |2021-06-03T18:46:30+00:00June 5th, 2021|

The UK’s rail franchise system (where private companies bid for the right to tun rail services on the national infrastructure)  was introduced to improve competition and efficiency.   However, the bids - and the assessment of them - were highly over-optimistic. They looked to offer value-for-money for the government/taxpayer and a good return for the franchisee ….

Help us to connect our data

By |2021-05-27T09:54:16+00:00May 29th, 2021|

Many companies are looking to improve manufacturing productivity by improving the efficiency of their various machines and other manufacturing facilities - by, in turn, improving their data driven management … monitoring the performance of those facilities in real-time.  Connecting and analysing all that data is a big challenge.   What we need are standards and

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