By |December 20th, 2014|Categories: Productivity|

Approaching the end of another year is a time for reflection - personal reflection and, if you are brave enough, organisational reflection.  What have you - and your organisation - learned this year that will

What happens next?

By |December 13th, 2014|Categories: Productivity|

Labour productivity is all over the place for many Western nations.  It rises, it slows, it plateaus.  It is hard to predict as these countries struggle to climb out of recession.  Productivity fuels economic growth

Local clustering

By |December 6th, 2014|Categories: Productivity|

Clusters have been proved to a useful development tool - bringing together companies - and people - from similar industries/activities - to share knowledge and  experience, and to collaborate.  A similar effect can be created

Personally ….

By |November 29th, 2014|Categories: Productivity|

This blog is concerned with regional, national and organisational productivity. Rarely do we 'stray into' personal productivity - largely because I think it is more or less irrelevant in terms of raising those other productivities

Please distract me

By |November 22nd, 2014|Categories: Productivity|

I recently had a day off - by 'off' I mean no fixed appointments. I decided to work from home - but I found I got little done. I found the peace and quiet, the

What do we mean by …

By |November 15th, 2014|Categories: Productivity|

I was in Italy recently ... and I used public transport quite a bit - trains and buses.  All the journeys I made were on time, and to schedule. Of course, public transport is subsidised

Do things differently

By |November 8th, 2014|Categories: Productivity|

At the end of your next day at work ask yourself ... "If we carry on working like this on these tasks, how will we be different - and better - in 5 years time?" 

Productivity or Quality?

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

I have been in discussions many times with businessmen and advisers about whether firms should concentrate on their productivity or their quality - which has the biggest impact on success. Of course the quick answer

Vertical Links?

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

There are lots of sites and blogs on the web which purport to be about productivity.  Many of these are about what might be termed 'personal productivity' - time management, self-motivation, etc.  This set me

And the secret is ….

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

I can be as guilty as the next person is hailing specific concepts and practices as being important determinants of higher productivity.  But we should stop searching for the 'secret' - the panacea - and

Don’t Break The Chain!

By |October 4th, 2014|Categories: Productivity|

A personal 'productivity' tip sometimes referred to as 'Seinfeld's Chain' after Jerry Seinfeld, the US comedian is a useful reminder of the need to 'keep at it'.  The story is that, when he started writing,

Discretionary Efforts

By |September 27th, 2014|Categories: Productivity|

Employees work - and work hard  - for various reasons. Obviously there are contractual reasons - they take the money and have to 'put in the hours'. But above and beyond what they are contracted

Gamification (revisited)

By |September 20th, 2014|Categories: Productivity|

Last week I talked about gamification - and whether it could be used to help improve productivity If you weren't thinking about it then, I hope you are now - Ambient research suggests that game-based learning will grow

Gamification and Productivity

By |September 13th, 2014|Categories: Productivity|

We've heard quite a lot about 'gamification' recently - especially in the context of online learning. I read the term many times before I sought to understand it ... so I thought some of you

It was the right decision

By |September 6th, 2014|Categories: Productivity|

Recently a colleague was bemoaning the fact that he had taken a bad decision.  When I questioned him about the decision, and about the outcomes, I formed the view that he had taken a 'correct'

Does Germany need higher wages?

By |August 30th, 2014|Categories: Productivity|

For about 10 years now wage increases in Germany have not kept up with the development of productivity, by a long stretch" said European Employment Commissioner Laszlo Andor in an interview with German newspaper Welt am Sonntag

Recognising the Counterfactual

By |August 23rd, 2014|Categories: Productivity|

When we make changes to (try to) improve productivity, we subsequently measure results and assess impact.  (Or we should if we want to evaluate our own performance and impact.) However, in many complex situations, we

In control?

By |August 16th, 2014|Categories: Productivity|

In my recent discussions with PAPA (the Pan African Productivity Association), the topic of the Ebola virus came up.  Just as Africa seems to have recovered from the great HIV/Aids crisis (having largely got the

A Balanced Report

By |August 9th, 2014|Categories: Productivity|

Well, I’m here in Mauritius and I’ve been having an interesting time. I spent a few days with the Board of PAPA (the Pan African Productivity Association) discussing the productivity status and opportunities in Africa.

Something in the air

By |August 2nd, 2014|Categories: Productivity|

The 'something in the air' i refer to in the blog title is ... ME.  As you are reading this, I should be in the air (if I'm not waiting at an airport terminal) en

Is Big Data Useful?

By |July 26th, 2014|Categories: Productivity|

Big Data in 'in' - its a fashionable topic, its 'cool' and exciting.  But is it useful? What are the applications where it will 'make a difference' - on a global level. Well, I've been

Do the measures matter?

By |July 19th, 2014|Categories: Productivity|

I have been doing a little work recently in relation to productivity and performance measures.  The thought struck me after trying to construct appropriate measures for a particular organisation in a particular situation that the


By |July 12th, 2014|Categories: Productivity|

I was looking at a PowerPoint presentation the other day (not one of mine) and I thought "What a great job this person has done of making a complex issue understandable."    It reminded me

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