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Limited Success

By |December 3rd, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

The UK is successful in many areas - it has a large, successful renewable energy sector, a whopping great financial services sector and a large tech startup sector.  Yet UK productivity does not reflect these advantages.

Thje Right Rhythm

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

We have known for many years that some of us are larks and some of us are owls.  Well, this simple categorisation has been confirmed by experts (2007 study published in Personality and Individual Differences) who suggest there

Get the Balance Right

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

Many people have been working from home during the pandemic. In fact many of them are still working from home for at least part of their working week. For most of these people, this has

Do Less

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

Can we raise productivity by doing less? Well, if that lesser activity has a greater impact, then Yes, We Can. You need to shift the mindset of your managers to concentrate on key results and

Know Your Enemy

By |November 5th, 2022|Categories: Innovation, Productivity|

If it aint broke, don’t fix it. That’s a useful slogan in some circumstances - but not in business. If you expect the status quo to deliver success, you are likely to be disappointed -

Hard or Soft?

By |October 29th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

Is productivity improvement a hard or soft skill? Is it better, for example, to consider and analyse hard performance data or approach improvement from a softer, behavioural stand point. This is definitely not an ‘either ….

The Productivity Divide

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

I have written a number of blog posts relating to working from home including ones that describe the  difference in view of effectiveness of WFH as perceived by employees and their managers. Managers who think staff

Digital Presenteeism

By |October 15th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

We know there is a disconnect between the views of employers and employees on the productivity of working from home. Employees are happier and believe they are more productive; their managers are not so sure. Now

Its Not Football

By |October 8th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

Lots of US sports articles talk about productivity of a team, or a quarterback or other star player. Of course, they don’t understand the meaning of ‘productivity’. What they are talking about is ‘performance’. The  two

Creating a non-meeting culture

By |September 10th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

We know that meetings suck time snd energy out of an organisation - so why do we have so many. Especially these days when there are so many other ways of communicating without dragging  everyone to

What Should You Do in Your Breaks?

By |September 3rd, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

Simple question asked here. Can you do anything in your break times to help your work performance? Well, of course, you can. Drink water - and keep hydrated. Take a walk.  Humans are made to move

Behaving Like Children

By |August 27th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

Bullying does take place in many workplaces. Bullying gets a lot of attention in schools ands colleges - and there are strategies to deal with it and the consequences of it. This rarely happens in

Coaching Success

By |August 20th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

This summer, in the UK, has been glorious and packed with sport - Wimbledon, Commonwealth Games, European Championships, It got me thinking about how athletes and sports people prepare for a season in which they

Manage the Small Projects

By |August 13th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

When we think about project management, many people naturally think of large-scale projects - building a new motorway (freeway), a new rail line or a new power station are obvious examples. Small projects, however, need

A Day Is Not Enough

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

This year, June 20th was World Productivity Day. I only found out about this at the beginning of July.  It had already passed me by - with no impact on me, or, I suspect the rest

On Reflection

By |July 30th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

There is plenty of advice on how to start your working day - by establishing priorities, by reviewing your To Do list and so on . However, the other end of the day can be

Action is not Productivity

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

 If you run around all day long, switching from tasks to task, you may end up completing little, achieving less.  You probably need to think more, act less. Plan more, execute more efficiently. This applies

Obsession

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

Sorry about returning to the subjects of 4 day working weeks and remote working. But I continue to see claims that both of these increase productivity. Most of these clams seem to arise from surveys

Four Day Week

By |July 9th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

Various companies are experimenting with a 4 day working week.  There seems to be  a general belief ‘in the air’ that productivity will remain the same or even increase. I have expressed my doubts about this in

Don’t Take All Opportunities

By |June 25th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

Leaders, and especially entrepreneurs, are hard-wired to seize opportunities and follow leads. This is only effective, however, when those leads and opportunities help you move forward in your existing strategy towards your agreed mission and

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