The quality revolution

By |February 1st, 2014|Categories: Productivity|

We went through the 'quality revolution in the 70s/80s - now everyone (well all the big guys) has ISO 9000 and some have been through TQM programmes. Why is it then that it is so

Space – the final frontier?

By |January 25th, 2014|Categories: Productivity|

I want a new guitar. I admit I don't need one (I have 4)... but I want one. The problems is that my wife says we don't have the space.  She has initiated a new

You might need plan B

By |January 18th, 2014|Categories: Productivity|

Marks & Spencer, the large UK retailer has an environmental strategy branded 'Plan A' .... "because there is no Plan B.  They are trying to get over the message that we HAVE to look after

Getting Personal

By |January 11th, 2014|Categories: Productivity|

If you Google the word 'productivity', you get lots of results. Many of them relate to 'personal productivity', some of them to organisational productivity and a few to national productivity. So, which is the most

Radical Change

By |January 4th, 2014|Categories: Innovation|

I've done quite a bit of work with the fishing and seafood sectors recently. Over the last couple of decades, the seafood sector has been transformed through a change from catching fish to 'growing' fish

New Year, New ….?

By |December 28th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

Christmas has gone. We now turn to celebrating the coming of a new year.  This is traditionally the time to make resolutions to affirm values, to set out our new path. We can, of course,

Christmas Action

By |December 21st, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

Christmas is coming (sounds like the cue for a song!)  Whether or not you are Christian, I am sure you can appreciate the overall Christmas message of 'peace and goodwill'. It is, however, a little

Start with the Basics

By |December 14th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

I have seen reports recently that relate to the literacy levels of young people in some of the most developed nations. .. like the UK and Australia.  These reports suggests that these countries are moving

Business – as well!

By |December 7th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

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.

Get them onside

By |November 30th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

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

Motivation comes first … or does it?

By |November 23rd, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

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

Targets are not enough

By |November 16th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

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 ...

How Much?

By |November 2nd, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

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.

Productivity & SMEs

By |November 2nd, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

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

Can WCPS create a MOOC?

By |October 26th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

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!)

UK leads the way to recovery

By |October 19th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

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

Keep it simple!

By |October 12th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

How much can you improve the productivity of a process without changing the underlying technology? Sometimes we look for the major changes that major process change can bring about.  However, real gains can often be

Don’t get distracted

By |October 5th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

Success comes from being clear about what you are aiming for ... and then single-mindedly executing the strategy to get you there. What you don't need are distractions - the little problems along the way

Let’s celebrate

By |October 4th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

I normally post to this blog on a Saturday ... but this is not a normal week. Firstly I am in St Johns, Newfoundland attending a Board Meeting of the World Confederation of Productivity Science.

Bye, bye Blackberry

By |September 28th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

So, Blackberry seems to have gone.  A few years ago, business executives were addicted to the mobile email platform ... for that is what it was.  Then Apple - and Google via Android - showed

We’re in this together

By |September 21st, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

Many organisations are thinking through their 'corporate social responsibilities'.  They see this as either a good means of getting positive PR (the cynical ones) or as a means of making their contribution to the communities

How’s my health

By |September 14th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

One by one the BRIC countries seem to be losing their lustre.  Most of them are growing at a considerably slower rate than they were a few years ago ... some are really struggling. Is


By |September 7th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

On one of the forums (groups) on LinkedIn there has been  a very interesting discussion recently about the relationship of productivity to profitability.  The relationship is certainly there but it is not necessarily direct or

Skills for Success

By |August 31st, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

I've just returned from India - one of the world's economic success stories over the last decade. Yet it doesn't feel like that. Partly because the rupee is in free fall. Partly because the government

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