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

Absent without leave

By |August 24th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

I read some data the other day on the level of absence in the Australian public sector.  It was astonishingly high. Why is this ... it seems to be a pattern in public sector employment

Office Knowledge

By |August 17th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

Increasingly our workplaces are filled with 'knowledge workers'. The way in which they work differs from the working patterns of 'traditional' office workers - much more participative, team-based and relying on research and discovery. How

Public or private?

By |August 10th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

There is a number of things we, collectively, have to improve over the next 10 or 20 years. Food supply, energy supply, waste disposal, and so on. Governments have a role to play … but

Acts of Faith

By |August 3rd, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

The IMF recently called on Sri Lanka to increase government spending on education and healthcare saying it would lead to increased labour productivity. However for a government under real pressure, increasing public spending is a

Its too late to bring manufacturing home

By |July 27th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

Both the US and the UK are experiencing a mini-revival in manufacturing with firms re-locating manufacturing processes from offshore to back home. Well, that's what the media - and the companies involved - would have

The PRISM lens

By |July 20th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

The recent revelations that Western Governments (particularly the US and UK?) are involved in widespread monitoring of digital communications challenges what many think of as the' right' to privacy. Many of us are moderately happy

Keep the faith

By |July 13th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

The EU is one of the world's largest trading blocs - yet too often we view it as a collection of nation states, in competition with each other rather than collaborating with each other to

Big Issues…. little action

By |July 6th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

We know there are some big questions to ask (and answer) to solve some of the current world problems - poverty, food security, energy capacity and so on. It seems however, that we have known

Too late for Europe?

By |June 29th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

The financial crisis of the last few years led to the eurozone crisis. Recently, there have been signs that the EU - and the Eurozone itself - is making progress in terms of solving some

What should I improve?

By |June 22nd, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

Do you know which factors of your business are important? What, if it changed, would have the biggest impact? A 5% reduction in your material costs, your energy bill,your wage bill, or ...? If you

Do less

By |June 15th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

Many people think that raising productivity means doing more things ... but sometimes, it means doing fewer things more effectively. Some even think the more things they have to do, the more important they are.

We can take the truth

By |June 8th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

Recently, US Vice President Joe Biden claimed that U.S. workers “are three times as productive as any worker in the world.” Of course he was currying favour but it does no good in the longer-term

Ask the right questions

By |June 1st, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

The world population will rise to 9 billion by 2040 (from the current 7 billion). This has massive implications for all sorts of human activity and human well-being ... perhaps first and foremost being the

Can planning become unproductive?

By |May 25th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

We all know that planning is essential ... it allows us to create structure and efficiency. We plan at various levels - from detailed production or marketing plans for our company to personal ToDo lists.

Judge – but not necessarily yet

By |May 18th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

The UK looks to be doing a little better than most people thought. Rather than contracting - and leading the UK into a further recession - growth has been positive, based on improved service sector

It might be expensive

By |May 11th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

Small businesses often use 'involuntary IT mangers' (IITMs) .... non-technical, untrained staff who, by accident or through organisational prompting, take on the role of managing IT operations.According to a recent small business survey commissioned by


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

'Bring Your Own Device' is the term given to the situation where companies allow staff to take in their own smartphone or tablet and have it connected to company networks and data sources. What does

Don’t blame Facebook

By |April 27th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

New data on the workplace by Evolv, a startup that monitors hundreds of metrics from Fortune 500 companies, suggests that social media should not be considered the the bane of employee productivity. Rather, the more

Help from the East

By |April 20th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

Most developing countries are following the same development path - aping the West in terms of urbanisation, increased use of fossil fuels, technology and increased consumerism. This is understandable - after all the West has

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