Value is not a simple concept

By |July 20th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

Lean Thinking emphasises the concept of value - which in business is the creation of product/service features and attributes that the customer wants or needs AND is willing to pay for. The second criterion of

Efficiency is not enough

By |July 13th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

Are you doing everything you can to make your organisation efficient? Do you run a very ‘tight’ and ‘lean’ company.. Good! But it’s not enough. Efficiency is the baseline. It is where all organisations should

Definer success

By |July 6th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

I saw someone suggesting the other day that increased private  investment in (private) education would improve its productivity. Think this is debatable? As in many other areas, it depends on how you define and measure

Too Remote?

By |June 29th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

Remote or distance working (often referred to as ‘working from home’) has become increasingly popular over the last decade. There is no doubt that fir many job roles, the technology exists to facilitate such working.

We need young thinking!

By |June 11th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

I talked recently to the Young Fabians (a UK-based left wing think tank) about "Britain's puzzlingly poor productivity".  In such situations, people often want to know the 'secrets' or the 'answers'. The YF were too

Life is ….

By |June 8th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

I used to ask myself the question... What have you done today to improve the organisation? Now I am older and wiser, I ask ... What have you done today to improve your life? After

Will BREXIT improve UK productivity?

By |June 1st, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

UK productivity has been bad for quite a long time and productivity growth is currently low. What impact will BREXIT (the departure of the UK from the European Union) have? Well, we don't know all

Throw your task manager away.

By |May 25th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

Do you use a task manager to help you schedule tasks and activities?  Many people do.  There are many apps out there to help you. Do you wake each morning, look at your list of

The most important thing to do

By |May 18th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

What is the most important thing to be done in a business? Is it creating the vision? Is it setting strategy? Is it managing people? Is it building a supply chain? Well, all of these

How do you think?

By |May 11th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

We are often asked to reflect on 'what we think'.  But, rarely, on how we think. Many of us are charged with making improvements, with innovation, with important planning and decision-making.  How we think -

Treat your employees well

By |May 4th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

"Our people are our greatest assert:".  So say most companies.  Yet few of them behave as if they really believe it. They fail to involve, empower - even train and develop - their employees and

Efficiency is not enough

By |April 20th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

I have spent much of my life urging companies to become more efficient - and helping them to do do. But, of course, I know that some do not go far enough. Becoming more efficient

Recruiting is important

By |April 13th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

Recruitment is perhaps the most important function you ever undertake If you don't recruit talented, skilled, flexible staff, you can't expect your staff to exhibit talent, skill and flexibility. But you also have to create

In your absence

By |April 6th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

If you run an organisation - and run it well, how do you manage to keep it running well when you are not there.  This can certainly be a problem for small, startups and growing

Productivity or Quality

By |March 30th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

Should we focus our improvement efforts on improving the quality of what we do ... or in improving the productivity It doesn't matter. Productivity and Quality are inextricably linked. Improving quality adds value to goods

Know your competition

By |March 23rd, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

Do you know how well your competitors are doing - not in terms of their results but operationally? They might have better results but be a worse performer because they are bigger than you. They

Are you race-ready?

By |March 16th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

When running a race, an athlete has to be in peak condition, with no injuries. They also have to be aware of the capabilities of their opponents and set their tactics accordingly (especially for long

Does it fit?

By |March 9th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

Remember ergonomics?  Not many people seem to. I often see products that look like the designer has no idea of the shape and size of a typical person.  They may have been designed for an

People or Profit

By |March 1st, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

Some organisations treat  people badly as they pursue profit at all costs. Yet this is short-termism of the worst sort. As you travel around and visit various companies, you will invariably see a poster or

Bring on the Brexit revolution

By |February 23rd, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

The Industrial Revolution was the greatest ever change to UK society, transforming the lives of millions of people. Yet, at the time, many people suffered from appalling work under dreadful conditions. Now the UK is

Say one thing, do another

By |February 16th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

Politicians often bemoan the UK's poor productivity.  Yet, at the same time, over the last decade they seem to have systematically destroyed much of the further education sector with a policy of 'a thousand cuts'. 

Are you in the right job?

By |February 9th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

We expect modern managers to be numerate and analytical. We educate and train them to be so. Yet when we look at entrepreneurs we see something else.  We see creativity and passion. Which of these are

Private Investment in Education

By |February 2nd, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

I read a comment the other day suggesting that increased private investment in (private) education would improve its productivity. I think this is debatable. As in many other areas, it depends on how you define and

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