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,

Keeping It (Very) Simple

By |September 9th, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

Sometimes keeping things simple yields the best results. This is particularly true for start-ups and small businesses. Don’t get sucked into complex (and expensive) systems of control or ‘improvement’.Stick to the basics. Set realistic goals (consistent

Do We Have To Make A Choice?

By |September 2nd, 2023|Categories: Productivity, Sustainability|

Climate-change activists often insist theirs is the right way.  They insist that everything we do (or more often not do) must help ‘save the planet', rather than make us richer or more secure. Yet, in all

Does Time Matter?

By |August 26th, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

Of course it does! However, concentrating on squeeing every last drop of productive output from each day and multi-tasking to get more done can lead to burnout, to stress and anxiety and to a drop

A Lesson in Communication

By |August 19th, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

Doug Conant was the CEO of Campbell Soups in 2001 when the company’s business was at  rock bottom due to several organisational issues including a toxic culture. Among the many leadership strategies, Doug adopted, one of


By |August 12th, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

I have talked previously about the need to balance the pursuit of efficiency with a need for resilience - we need to be able to cope with supply chain, labour or other problems. We have

How Good Are They?

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

Over the last couple of decades (before the pandemic) lots of middle income countries and middle-performing companies were integrated into global supply chains. Advanced nations and advanced companies had no choice as they needed new

Industrial Relatons

By |July 29th, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

One of the ironies of modern business life is that whenever anyone uses the term ‘industrial relations’ they are almost certainly referring to poor relationships.  Similarly, the ‘industrial relations industry’ is about handling (and dealing

Essential Inefficiencies

By |July 22nd, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

Productivity equals efficiency.  Yes?   Well, yes - by and large. But sometimes we need something else … something more. The recent problems with supply chains (after both the COVID pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine)

Let Them Laugh

By |July 15th, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

If they see employees laughing, some managers make negative comments which can be summarised as ‘You are here to work, not to have fun’. However, humour has positive benefits form an organisation. It promotes and

Industrial Relations

By |July 8th, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

One of the ironies of modern business life is that whenever anyone uses the term ‘industrial relations’ they are almost certainly referring to poor relationships.   Similarly, the ‘industrial relations industry’ is about handling (and dealing

Mind the Gap

By |July 1st, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

Firms who wish to be fully productive need a workforce that is engaged, motivated and fully skilled. Firms who do not have fully skilled employees are, in effect, giving away capacity..  Firstly, of course, employees who

Its Productivity Week

By |June 24th, 2023|Categories: National Productivity, Productivity|

For most (all?) countries, at the moment, that headline could ha de been rewritten as ‘Its Productivity Weak”. Productivity, globally, has been fading as a result of general  economic decline, the COVID pandemic, the war in

Who Trains Who?

By |June 17th, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

Those managers and executives who have come through the ranks, maintaining their own diaries, typing their own words and creating their own presentations often find it difficult to adjust when they reach the dizzy heights

Is This The Future of Work?

By |June 10th, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

Is the future of work to be similar to the hybrid forms we have seen emerge from the pandemic - with workers attending the workplace only 2 or 3 days per week (or even less)?

What about the Workers?

By |June 3rd, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

Over the last few decades there has been steady and continual divergence between productivity growth and pay rises,    Analysis of historical data shows that productivity and compensation for ordinary workers grew in near lockstep from

Your Monday morning task

By |May 27th, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

On Monday morning (or perhaps Sunday evening), ask yourself the following questions : What are the critical issues this week? What do I absolutely have to get done this week? What might come back to

How artificial, how intelligent?

By |May 20th, 2023|Categories: Innovation|

Some people praise the potential of AI (Artificial Intelligence).  Some are scared by it. Who is right? All of them. We know that all new technologies tend to be misused by unscrupulous and unprincipled actors. The

Small can be effective

By |May 13th, 2023|Categories: National Productivity, Productivity|

In a changing world, business leaders are looking for more training options that provide greater flexibility and variety. They are looking for a mix of formats and delivery options, with a preference for short courses.  


By |May 6th, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

In many countries, governments are raising the retirement age to contain pension and welfare costs.   Today’s workers are going to have to work to a ripe, old age.  (Since, generally, people are healthier and fitter than they

Digital Overload

By |April 29th, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

We have all experienced sensory overload due to the deluge of emails we receive.  This is even more so for those of us whose organisations have provided us with a range of helpful (?) productivity

In Retrospect

By |April 22nd, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

A new trend is emerging of organisations organising review and retrospection meetings - perhaps every 2 weeks or so to allow employees (collectively) to review what they’ve done, what they’ve achieved, what went well and

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