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


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

Plan for Productivity

By |June 18th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

Very few organisations improve productivity  by accident.  They may do so as a ’by-product’ of some other initiative (such as installing new technology or establishing a new workforce development programme) but productivity doesn’t just come along unbidden.

Be Patient

By |June 11th, 2022|Categories: Innovation, Productivity|

Many business leaders think technology can give them a productivity boost.   They may well be right.  Addressed properly, changes in technology can transform processes and make them more efficient. However,. the gains are  not easy to unlock

Love Monday Mornings

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

If you hate Monday mornings, you are probably in the wrong job … but so many of you, I know, cannot simply change your job at this time. Perhaps one reason so many people hate

Just three options

By |May 28th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

When I was learning about management and productivity, one important exercise was the in-tray exercise where the student is faced with a pile of documents from an in-tray and has to work through the pile

Careful how you read the data

By |May 21st, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

I read quite a lot of studies that suggest that remote working did not and does not, negatively impact productivity. However, I am sceptical. The studies are generally of 2 types. The first set are

Management 2.0?

By |May 7th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

In the past, you measured how hard people were working by such things as noting who was at their desk or who spoke up in meetings, and who had extended breaks or too many days


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

We hear quite a lot these days about work-life balance.  But how do you know your own balance is wrong? Well, burnout is man obvious sign. If you are exhausted, physically or mentally, you need to

What Do I Do on Monday Morning?

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

For some time I was a member of the governing Council of a UK professional body.  We had regular meetings about the forward direction and strategy for the organisation, which at its peak had abut 25,000

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