Does Manufcturing Matter?

By |July 6th, 2024|Categories: National Productivity, Productivity|

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 -

Take Action

By |June 29th, 2024|Categories: Innovation, Productivity|

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

Perfection is Over-Rated

By |June 22nd, 2024|Categories: Productivity|

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.

Hand in Hand

By |June 15th, 2024|Categories: National Productivity, Productivity|

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

A Narrow View of Culture

By |June 1st, 2024|Categories: Productivity|

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

Have We All Been Conned?

By |May 25th, 2024|Categories: Productivity, Sustainability|

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

Longer and Wider

By |May 14th, 2024|Categories: Innovation, Productivity|

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.

Stick With Lean

By |May 4th, 2024|Categories: Productivity|

I read an article recently which suggested that forward-thinking companies need to merge their ‘traditional’ Lean practices with newer approaches such as AI. Whilst accepting the principle behind this comment, I think it is a

Soften Up Your People

By |April 27th, 2024|Categories: Productivity|

Quite rightly, many productivity gurus (like me) stress the importance of team working, team skills and team motivation in driving high performance.  Few important tasks in industry and commerce are completed solely by individuals - they mostly

What Do You Expect?

By |April 20th, 2024|Categories: Productivity|

Those of you who are regular readers of this blog will know that I am a great believer in looking after the well-being of your employees - making sure they are engaged, fully skilled, motivated

What Do You Expect?

By |April 20th, 2024|Categories: Productivity|

Those of you who are regular readers of this blog will know that I am a great believer in looking after the well-being of your employees - making sure they are engaged, fully skilled, motivated

Let Your Employees Flow

By |April 12th, 2024|Categories: Productivity|

The Lean philosophy emphasis a number of factors related to effective and efficient working - one of which is ‘flow’.  Materials and information should flow through s process with no barriers or restrictions. What about

Use Your Data Well

By |March 30th, 2024|Categories: Productivity|

Modern manufacturing or service delivery systems produce lots of opportunities for collecting data which can be used to improve those systems.   Many firms have recognised this and have installed a system of key performance indicators (KPIs) which

Volunteers Wanted

By |March 23rd, 2024|Categories: Ethics, Productivity|

Volunteering generates a £4.6bn productivity boost to the UK economy each year, new research has found. A study by the think tank Pro Bono Economics, commissioned by the Royal Voluntary Service, estimates the UK benefits

Don’t Turn Burnout into Bored-Out

By |March 23rd, 2024|Categories: Productivity|

Many people seem to be suffering from burnout.  They feel the organisation asks too much of them, that they are never completely off-duty. An organisation might respond with consideration by reigning back on some of the

Big Isn’t Always Best

By |March 9th, 2024|Categories: Productivity|

There is a universal truth that the private sector is always more efficient than the public sector - that the profit motive drives efficiency. Larger companies have the advantage of being able to negotiate e

What is Non-Productive?

By |March 2nd, 2024|Categories: Productivity|

A focus on productivity, and its development is a good thing - indeed, an essential thing for all organisations. However, there is a danger that we over-focus and forget about balance. There is a tendency

Going Backwards

By |February 24th, 2024|Categories: National Productivity, Productivity|

The UK is technically in recession - it has had two consecutive quarters with negative growth. Worse, the economy has been at best stagnant for over two years and productivity has been falling. Our Prime

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