Bye, bye Blackberry
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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?
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
'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
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
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