Go drones!

By |January 5th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

Certainly in the UK, drones have had a bad press recently - with the disruption caused at London's Gatwick airport. However, the sensible ones among us (and I do - perhaps rather arrogantly - include

The lucky generation?

By |December 29th, 2018|Categories: Productivity|

My father, who unfortunately died early at the age of only 54, was, like me, a technophile. I often say on seeing or using some new piece of technology .. “My dad would have been

Cut the Tail

By |December 22nd, 2018|Categories: Productivity|

The top one per cent of UK firms grew on average by eight per cent each year between 2004 and 2014, while the lower 99 per cent experienced annual productivity growth of less than one

One thing at once, please

By |December 15th, 2018|Categories: Productivity|

We are all under pressure to multitask - to deal with emails, messages and reminders whilst also doing our 'real job' Even when not under this avalanche of inputs, many of us choose to listen

Stop working

By |December 8th, 2018|Categories: Productivity|

On a recent business class flight, the guy next to me got out his laptop and worked on if for most of the flight. I ate the meal,  a drink, snoozed a little and did

TRIZ is worth a try

By |December 1st, 2018|Categories: Productivity|

I only recently cam across TRIZ - a (Russia-originated) problem solving and creativity guide for 'the rest of us' - those who are not creative by nature.  Part of its 'secret' is that it is

Not football

By |November 24th, 2018|Categories: Productivity|

Every week there is commentary in  the US press about the productivity of football (NFL and/or college) teams or individual players. This is not productivity - it is about performance  ... but fails to use

Do you want an innovative organisation

By |November 17th, 2018|Categories: Productivity|

Do you want an innovative organisation - a creative workforce? If so, think about when you last had an original (or half original) thought. Not recently? Well, if you can't think originally, why and how

Examine yourself

By |November 10th, 2018|Categories: Productivity|

I have recently been writing assessments for students on productivity-related courses.  This is one of the more difficult exercises in academic life - and, of course, exceedingly important ...both for the quality of the qualification

Atlantic Concerns

By |November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Productivity|

Those of you who read last week's post will know I was in the USA on vacation.  I am now back in the UK and can reflect on the political differences. The USA was preparing

Start with tradition

By |October 27th, 2018|Categories: Productivity|

I’m currently touring parts of the USA with my son, on vacation. We both like a mix of natural beauty, tradition and live music. Tradition anchors a country in its core vales, though the U.S 

Where is the new fluoride?

By |October 13th, 2018|Categories: Productivity|

When I was growing up, there was a great controversy about whether fluoride should be added to drinking water to combat tooth decay in children.  In the end, science ’won’ and children’s teeth have been

Late shift

By |October 6th, 2018|Categories: Productivity|

If at the end of a typical working day (of, say, 8 hours) you had to go and start another job elsewhere, I would expect your performance on Job 2 to be limited and poor.

No stretching

By |September 29th, 2018|Categories: Productivity|

Parkinson’s Law famously stated that work expands to fill the time available. That is why we say “If you want something doing, give it to a busy person.” Non-busy people make themselves look busy by

Robots Good?

By |September 22nd, 2018|Categories: Productivity|

I was musing about robots recently - as one does ... and started thinking about the sociology of such devices. Humans in a work situation can be excellent performers as individuals but the real performance

Think before you count.

By |September 15th, 2018|Categories: Productivity|

I read a piece the other day on the use of productivity measures for academic staff. The measures were all about output quantity (presumably with the proviso that papers wouldn’t be published if they didn’t

An Intellifgent Future?

By |September 8th, 2018|Categories: Productivity|

Artificial Intelligence is said to be set to revolutionise many sectors. Is this a force for productivity gains or just a threat to jobs? Well, as the Australian Productivity Commission said recently, technology has over

Turn the clock back

By |September 1st, 2018|Categories: Productivity|

Modern workplaces seem antagonistic to efficient working and productivity.  They are noisy, stressful, full of constant chatter. constant interruptions from telephones, streams of emails and so on. Perhaps its time to turn the clock back. 

A Good Start

By |August 25th, 2018|Categories: Productivity|

Most of us try to organise our working day to maximise performance and efficiency. Yet for many of us that day can be ruined before it really starts. If we rise and start worrying about

Rule number 7

By |August 18th, 2018|Categories: Productivity|

If you want the real secret to productivity development, it is ... Well, the most important factor is to always, always remember rule number 7 - train and develop your staff, and treat them well. 

Backing Up

By |August 11th, 2018|Categories: Productivity|

We all know he importance of backing up the work we do on computer - even if we don't always practise what we know we should. We also know we should have some form of

The agenda matters

By |August 4th, 2018|Categories: Productivity|

When giving talks to people about productivity, I often express my amazement - and my worry - that governments spend a lot of time working on the wrong things. For example, in the UK at

Educational Productivity

By |July 28th, 2018|Categories: Productivity|

I read a piece the other day on the use of productivity measures for academic staff. The measures were all about output quantity (presumably with the proviso that papers wouldn’t be published if they didn’t

Open for Business

By |July 21st, 2018|Categories: Productivity|

This week is The Open Golf Championship - what Americans like to call the British Open but is is THE Open. The Open obviously has the best golfers in the world - and as with

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