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4th National Productivity Congress in Turkey

By |2020-11-04T16:47:56+00:00December 12th, 2013|

    4th National Productivity Congress in Turkey The 4th National Productivity Congress organized and hosted by the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology, was held on December 10-12, 2013 in Ankara. Universities, public institutions and organizations, professional associations, nongovernmental organizations and representatives of the business world participated in the Congress.

Business – as well!

By |2020-03-19T22:47:31+00:00December 7th, 2013|

I'm in Mauritius - working! This is a beautiful place, of course.  But when we look at such island paradises, we sometimes forget they too have to build an economy to look after their citizens.  Of course, tourism is a major focus of economic activity but it isn't enough.  They need other sectors to be

National Productivity & Competitiveness Council’s GO SME

By |2020-11-04T16:48:03+00:00December 4th, 2013|

John Heap, President of WCPS, visited Mauritius to help launch the National Productivity & Competitiveness Council's GO SME (Growth Opportunities for SME's) initiative providing a productivity review and improvement service for Mauritius's SME sector.

Get them onside

By |2020-03-19T22:47:32+00:00November 30th, 2013|

We want our staff to participate ... to take part in improvement projects and initiatives - even to initiate them. But we have to first engage them - we have to make them see why we want to improve , why it is in their interests, and why they should become involved. If we don't

Motivation comes first … or does it?

By |2020-03-19T22:47:32+00:00November 23rd, 2013|

On the LinkedIn group which I moderate (Productivity Futures) we have recently had a discussion about which come first - motivation or productivity. One side of the argument (conventional wisdom) suggests that we motivate staff (with exhortation. encouragement, rewards or whatever) and that motivation results in higher productivity and higher satisfaction for the workforce  The

Targets are not enough

By |2020-03-19T22:47:32+00:00November 16th, 2013|

In the measurement field.there seems to be an assumption that, if you set targets, people will - by default - be motivated to achieve them. However, clearly you need also to have a plan ... a sequence of activities that move you ever closer towards the target. The target is the easy bit. Establishing an

How Much?

By |2020-03-19T22:47:32+00:00November 2nd, 2013|

We often see statements that such and such an issue cost so many millions of money.  The latest case was the US government 'shutdown'.  I have seen various estimates of the cost to the economy. Almost certainly all are wrong. When there is, say, an industrial dispute at a small factory, 'losses' are often based

Productivity & SMEs

By |2020-03-19T22:47:32+00:00November 2nd, 2013|

This week I have been at an event organised by RKW in Germany and involving representatives of the European Association of National Productivity Centres (EANPC) and the European Management Association (EMA). We have been discussing the current state of SMEs in Europe ... and what can be done to improve their contribution to the European

Can WCPS create a MOOC?

By |2020-03-19T22:47:32+00:00October 26th, 2013|

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are becoming fashionable. The World Confederation of Productivity Science can put an online course on our website and make it available to all free of charge. (and perhaps we should!) Is that a MOOC? Unlikely, because it might be found and accessed by a small number of people ... but

UK leads the way to recovery

By |2020-03-19T22:47:32+00:00October 19th, 2013|

U.K. labour productivity rose for the first time in two years in the second quarter, led by manufacturing industry. Productivity measured by output per hour increased 0.5 percent from the first quarter according to the Office for National Statistics -  the first growth since the second quarter of 2011. Manufacturing productivity rose 0.7 percent and services

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