Small Can Be (More) Efficient

By |February 17th, 2024|Categories: Productivity|

SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) have a number of problems reaching optimum productivity when comported to ‘the big boys’. It is harder for them to achieve the same economies of scale and hard for them

Silo Mentality

By |February 10th, 2024|Categories: Productivity|

Silo mentality is one of the most significant obstacles to organisational success.  It has become more severe and more common during the era of hybrid working and especially remote working. Because communication takes more effort, and is

Exploit the Zeigarnik Effect

By |February 3rd, 2024|Categories: Innovation, Productivity|

The Zeigarnik effect describes the way unfinished tasks remain active in our mind, intruding into our thoughts and our sleep until they are dealt with, much like a hungry person will notice every restaurant and

AI Outside the Box

By |January 27th, 2024|Categories: Innovation, National Productivity, Productivity|

Many people - and especially pundits - are predicting significant productivity gains from the use of AI (Artificial Intelligence). However few will say exactly how this transformation will happen. My view is that gains will come

The New Status Quo

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

Lots of ‘soft’ initiatives are claimed to improve performance and productivity, often by increasing the motivation or satisfaction of employees.  These include  such things as reduced working hours, flexible working hours and wellness programmes. These may indeed

Virtually non-Productive

By |January 15th, 2024|Categories: Productivity|

We all got used to meeting online during the pandemic.  Apps like Zoom and Teams were part of the fabric of our work. Now many of us are back in the office but the Zoom/Teams

Am I Wasting My Time?

By |January 6th, 2024|Categories: Productivity|

There are quite a few blogs offering advice on personal productivity - how to handle complex ToDo lists, how to delegate tasks, how to prioritise, how to concentrate on important tasks, and so on. Such

Happy New Year

By |January 1st, 2024|Categories: Productivity, Sustainability|

Each year we say to friends, family and colleagues, "Happy New Year" - either as the 1st January rolls around or the first time we see them in the new year. What we are saying

Soccer Lessons

By |December 23rd, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

It is obvious that good soccer coaches or mangers earn the respect of their players and create a ‘playing system’ and an environment (or culture) in which players want to perform for their colleagues, club

Getting Engaged

By |December 16th, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

HR professionals have been trying for years to discover  how to improve employee engagement and productivity, A collaboration between Wharton Neuroscience Initiative (WNI) and global consulting firm Slalom is aiming to find out. By giving EEG

Soccer Lessons

By |December 16th, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

I  am a soccer fan.  I watch it (mainly on TV) regularly and have my favourite teams.  I also take an interest in football management - especially in the ‘management merry-go-round’ where managers are sacked by one club

The Future Manager

By |November 25th, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

Technology has changed the role of a manager - by creating a situation where many managers do their own typing, their own diary management, their own meeting arrangements and so on - tasks which were

Do As You Would Be Done By

By |November 18th, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

Holding employees accountable for their behaviour and their work outcomes is important.  But it needs to exist in a supportive and trusting culture so that those employees are performing whilst being, and feeling, supported.  They need to

Evaluate Potential Tools

By |November 11th, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

How many organisations that adopt one of these tools have done so on the basis of a rigorous, systematic evaluation or assessment?  How do they know they have selected an appropriate tool? Firstly, of course, you

Engage Your Employees

By |November 4th, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

There is increasing evidence that high performonce and productivity comes from workers who are engaged with the organisation …. aware of, and preferably sharing, its value set; aware of, and preferably invested in, its longer-term

Plan Yor Planning

By |October 28th, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

We all know that successful in our career, we have to plan ahead, in our job, we have to plan ahead' in our life, we have to plan ahead. Although we know this is

Is Productivity the Only Goal?

By |October 21st, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

We have all seen examples of business leaders focusing exclusively on productivity growth - and failing to develop the business. Elon Musk - and his (‘hard-nosed’) approach to managing Twitter (now ‘X’) is just one

Should You Take a Holiday

By |October 14th, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

Yes, you should. We all need a break from work occasionally to rid ourselves of accumulated stress, to refresh ourselves. But I've learned that there are things you can do to help maintain productivity whilst

Who Are You?

By |October 7th, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

Your personal productivity depends on how well you know yourself. What interests you? What are you good at? What don't you like doing? In the past, when have you performed well - and what were

Should You Take a Vacation?

By |October 5th, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

The answer to the question is obvious. Yes, you should. We all need a break from work occasionally to rid ourselves of accumulated stress, to refresh ourselves. But I've learned that there are things you

Its not the medium – or even the message

By |September 23rd, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

Most of us have done some form of study that involves a section on improving communications. We learn about the importance of making any message appropriate to the target audience - using the right language,

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