… and Jerk

By |September 8th, 2012|Categories: Productivity|

Did you see what I did there.  Possibly too clever for my own good but I carried on the title of this post from the title of my last one. How often have you felt


By |September 1st, 2012|Categories: Productivity|

Anyone who has practiced 5S will know the value of tidiness and cleanliness. Yet, all too often we see dirty, untidy workplaces ... creating inefficiency. Wherever you see untidiness, think "This is costing me money"

Where are you?

By |August 18th, 2012|Categories: Productivity|

Imagine for a moment that you are in charge of the country. Your country needs you to increase its competitiveness… you know the best way to do this is to improve its productivity. Of course,

Less is sometimes more

By |August 11th, 2012|Categories: Productivity|

Sometimes we want output to go down .. sometimes we even want people doing as little work as possible. Think of maintenance engineers ... we want them efficiently and effectively involved in preventative maintenance. We

More food, please

By |July 31st, 2012|Categories: Productivity, Sustainability|

Food inflation combined with inadequate gains in productivity are clear indicators that our ability to feed a rapidly growing population is at serious risk without swift action. Example 1 Eggs are one of the most

Unintended consequences

By |July 31st, 2012|Categories: Sustainability|

Governments (bless them!) often do things with good intentions.. but often fail to think through the unintended consequences of their actions. Take energy subsidies as an example. Quite a few governments subsidise energy prices ...

8,000 years

By |July 31st, 2012|Categories: Productivity, Sustainability|

I've talked in the past about the need to improve agricultural productivity to keep the world fed. This was brought home to me this week when I read an astonishing fact.  (Assuming, of course, that

Convergent Thinking

By |July 31st, 2012|Categories: Productivity, Sustainability|

At the recent Rio summit (the less than spectacular one) there was some discussion about whether GDP is the best measure of a nation's well-being ... in an age where we are increasingly looking at

Standing in the shoes of others

By |July 31st, 2012|Categories: Ethics|

Business seems to have lost its ethical context. Business decisions are taken according to whether they are within or outside of legal and regulatory frameworks ... not whether they are within or outside of prevailing

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