Does the productivity of education matter?
We occasionally see reports or thoughts on the productivity of education - but it is a tricky situation to get to grips with ... partly because it is so hard to define outputs - and
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 ….
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!
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,
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
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
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
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?
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
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 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
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
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?
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?
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
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
Forget the mystery
A number of you sent me comments to try and unpick the (UK) productivity mystery I referred to in last week's post. Some of these were backed up by serious analysis. Yet, after reading them
The UK Mystery
British productivity was growing steadily if slowly in the years before the financial crisis struck but it’s now some 16% below its pre-crisis level. The Bank of England has published a paper in their quarterly
Governments need to get it right
Many countries have productivity centres to advise their government of productivity and related issues. But do they do any good? Is productivity something that can be shaped and steered by government? I would say 'YES'
:Pick up the banana skins
Most of the time we get things right.... at least if we have the skills to accomplish what we set out to do Occasionally, though, we slip on a banana skin - and we get
Where can I find the solution to my productivity problem?
I have been in the productivity' business' for longer than I care to remember. Sometimes, I feel that the longer I am in the business, the less I know - or the less I feel
Is useless expenditure justified?
As a productivity professional, I am used to counting every penny/cent spent and justifying the expenditure by the benefits it brings - its (perhaps tiny) contribution to the aims of the organisation. Sometimes, however, firms
What’s Your Specialism?
Consultants usually specialise in .... productivity, quality, organisational development, innovation, or some other 'improvement' topic. This suggests that the business world is full of tools and techniques that must be selected carefully according to the
The Pace of Change
I was recently looking at some documents I had created a few years ago. My first thought on reading them was that they were out-of-date, but on re-reading them, I realised the format and appearance