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

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

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