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

Keep the balance

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

I'm currently writing (or more accurately co-writing) a book on productivity improvement in the retail sector. It seems that retailers have broadly 'got it right' ... they work hard at productivity improvement ... but they

Indian Skills

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

I've just spent some time in India. The educational system is india is large and varied - it includes state provision and much private provision. the system is 'good'if you measure it in terms of

Can I have a drink of water?

By |March 30th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

The Asian Water Development Outlook (AWDO) report reveals that not even one out of 49 countries of the Asia Pacific region can be considered ‘water secure’. South Asia and parts of Central and West Asia

Productive (continued)

By |March 23rd, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

I talked last week about employability skills. During the past week I have delivered a pilot program with Indian students developing employability skills using productivity as the 'engine' or focus. The students really enjoyed the

Productive graduates

By |March 16th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

I  have been doing some work in India recently and have been talking to employers about the process of employing recent graduates and post-graduates. What came across loud and clear and often were comments that

Nice people

By |March 9th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

I have just got back from Turkey where I attended an event - a 'Leadership Camp' - organised by students for students - mainly students of industrial engineering. They had assembled an impressive set of

Small is good!

By |March 2nd, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

I was reading something the other day which reminded me of the number of keyboard shortcuts available within some software packages.  If you take the time to learn these, they can shave seconds off simple tasks - improving your performance and productivity.  Yet each individual time

YOUR Supply Chain is at risk

By |February 23rd, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

I don't know whether you know about the horsemeat scandal in the UK - where horsemeat has been found in a range of pre-produced 'beef' products but it  does remind us that each of us

Does the sector matter?

By |February 16th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

Some productivity methodologies and techniques seem to be more used in specific sectors.  This suggests that either they are in some way particularly suited to the processes involved in that sector .... or perhaps just

Measure with care!

By |February 9th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

Two old adages say "Measurement creates understanding" and "You get what you measure".    The first is self-explanatory - if you want to understand a situation, measure it, once you know how mant/much, when, at what rate

Good Advice

By |February 2nd, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

There are many blogs offering 'personal productivity' advice - often linked to reminder/time management software... but often just offering simple advice. A common piece of advice is to 'declutter' your life - get rid of distractions and focus on the

Productivity Leadership

By |January 26th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

How would a productivity director of a global enterprise exhibit leadership? My first thoughts are that, like all effective leaders, they would define and articulate a clear mission, vision and set of values with commitment

Is it fair?

By |January 19th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

For several decades after World War II, the graphs for productivity and wages mirrored eac other - productivity increases allowed workers to earn more money. Over the last decade this has changed. Whoever is reaping

Tehnology, anyone?

By |January 12th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

When times are tough (as they are now), we tend to turn in all directions looking for some help So, will technology help us out of the current mess we are in? It is possible

China’s difficult ask

By |January 5th, 2013|Categories: Productivity|

China's productivity record over recent years has been excellent - yet most of the improvement has come from capital investment. As such it has been relatively low-hanging fruit. If growth is to be maintained, the

New Year Resolution

By |December 29th, 2012|Categories: Productivity|

This, of course is the time for resolution- determination to do more and/or better, to improve. But this shouldn't happen at new year- or, at least, not only at new year. Such determination should be ingrained in you at all times - and across your

What about the workers

By |December 22nd, 2012|Categories: Productivity|

Information from India, provided by the ILO, shows that economic growth from 2008 to 2011 was over 7%. However real wages rose by about 1.6%. This suggests that the fruits of productivity growth are not

Stand Up for Productivity

By |December 15th, 2012|Categories: Productivity|

Many workers sit - at desks, at PCs, at assembly stations at ... It has been known for many years that it s beneficial to give people the choice as to whether to sit or

Building consensus

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

Regular readers will know i have just been in Mauritius helping to promote their national productivity campaign. I talked to lots of stakeholders - employers, trades unions, educators, government agencies and even senior figures in

Will it work?

By |December 1st, 2012|Categories: National Productivity|

I am currently in Mauritius, helping launch their National Productivity Campaign.  I am talking to government officials, trades unions, employers, educators ... and the public. Such campaigns are relatively common.  Do they work? Well, it

A slap in the face

By |November 24th, 2012|Categories: Productivity|

Maneesh Sethi wrote on his blog that he hired a "slapper" to smack him in the face whenever he logged onto Facebook while working and boasted that it increased his productivity. Of course, Sethi must

A formula for innovation

By |November 17th, 2012|Categories: Productivity|

Thomas Friedman suggests that “big breakthroughs happen when what is suddenly possible meets what is desperately necessary.” So, leaders of successful companies are those that recognise both sides of that formula - they know what

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