Be Patient

By |June 11th, 2022|Categories: Innovation, Productivity|

Many business leaders think technology can give them a productivity boost.   They may well be right.  Addressed properly, changes in technology can transform processes and make them more efficient. However,. the gains are  not easy to unlock

Love Monday Mornings

By |June 4th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

If you hate Monday mornings, you are probably in the wrong job … but so many of you, I know, cannot simply change your job at this time. Perhaps one reason so many people hate

Just three options

By |May 28th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

When I was learning about management and productivity, one important exercise was the in-tray exercise where the student is faced with a pile of documents from an in-tray and has to work through the pile

Careful how you read the data

By |May 21st, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

I read quite a lot of studies that suggest that remote working did not and does not, negatively impact productivity. However, I am sceptical. The studies are generally of 2 types. The first set are

Management 2.0?

By |May 7th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

In the past, you measured how hard people were working by such things as noting who was at their desk or who spoke up in meetings, and who had extended breaks or too many days


By |April 23rd, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

We hear quite a lot these days about work-life balance.  But how do you know your own balance is wrong? Well, burnout is man obvious sign. If you are exhausted, physically or mentally, you need to

What Do I Do on Monday Morning?

By |April 16th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

For some time I was a member of the governing Council of a UK professional body.  We had regular meetings about the forward direction and strategy for the organisation, which at its peak had abut 25,000

Give Them A Chance

By |April 2nd, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

I talked last week about giving people decent work to do if you want them to be self-motivated. I stand by that but, of course, it’s not the complete solution. Many businesses overload key members

Decent Workl

By |March 26th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

I have said may times in this blog that expecting higher productivity through exhortation is unlikely to be successful. Organisations or nations need systematic processes that address the causes of low productivity - and actions

Drive With Care

By |March 19th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

Many governments Introduce productivity or efficiency drives. They aIm to reduce the size of the state not by cutting services but by cutting the cost of those services. However, few, if any, of those drives


By |March 12th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

Many businesses (too many) concentrate on efficiency at the expense of customer service.  We have all waited too long on a customer service call or had difficulty talking to a person we want to rectify a

Too Many Platforms

By |March 5th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

Platforms for digital communication and collaboration (everything from e-mail through Google Docs to Zoom and Teams) can be very useful.   The problem is that when organisations use several of these, individuals can lose focus and

What have I done today?

By |February 26th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

Those of us charged with improving productivity can sometime get anxious about our own, personal productivity.  Are we working hard enough? If so, why isn’t the productivity of the organisation higher? These are the wrong questions

Training needs to catch up

By |February 19th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

Productivity requires employees to be fully trained in all aspects of their work role, preferably  including being aware of the organisation’s declared mission snd overall strategy. The problem for the organisation is that training can

A Simple, Productivity Tip

By |February 12th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

Many of us have computers at home. We may use them for work-rerated tasks (especially now more of us spend at least some working time at home) or for social/leisure purposes. We tend to use

Simple Productivity Gains

By |February 5th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

If you are doing some DIY work at home, say building a new cupboard, you might perform badly when compared to a professional joiner building the same cupboard. He is likely to build a higher

Focus – but not all the time

By |January 29th, 2022|Categories: Innovation, Productivity|

Focus! Focus! Focus!  That’s the advice we are given. If we focus, we can perform, we can achieve. But as with all such exhortations, such simplistic advice, such trite sayings, there is another side to examine.

Lowering Working Hours is Not Sustainable

By |January 22nd, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

There have  been numerous reports lately of organisations cutting working  hours to increase  the engagement of employees, whilst paying the same salaries.  This is said to improve productivity. I am somewhat skeptical of such reports - and of the

The Future Can be Built on Stories

By |January 15th, 2022|Categories: Innovation, Productivity|

Story-telling is becoming recognised as a very effective means of communication. People react better to an interesting narrative than to a boring set of facts or exhortations. So, telling people your vision, and what you

Throw Away the Plans

By |January 1st, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

That headline does not mean we should stop making plans.  Those who don’t plan, don’t succeed. It means that we must recognise that a post-pandemic world causes us to rethink some of the old certainties.  The Omicron

Benchmark to highlight posible gains

By |December 25th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|

When undertaking productivity assignments in some countries, it is surprising to find out how far performance and productivity is from that of the best performing countries snd organisations. This in spite of the data that

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