Give Them A Chance

By |April 2nd, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

I talked last week about giving people decent work to do if you want them to be self-motivated. I stand by that but, of course, it’s not the complete solution. Many businesses overload key members

Decent Workl

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

I have said may times in this blog that expecting higher productivity through exhortation is unlikely to be successful. Organisations or nations need systematic processes that address the causes of low productivity - and actions

Drive With Care

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

Many governments Introduce productivity or efficiency drives. They aIm to reduce the size of the state not by cutting services but by cutting the cost of those services. However, few, if any, of those drives


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

Many businesses (too many) concentrate on efficiency at the expense of customer service.  We have all waited too long on a customer service call or had difficulty talking to a person we want to rectify a

Too Many Platforms

By |March 5th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

Platforms for digital communication and collaboration (everything from e-mail through Google Docs to Zoom and Teams) can be very useful.   The problem is that when organisations use several of these, individuals can lose focus and

What have I done today?

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

Those of us charged with improving productivity can sometime get anxious about our own, personal productivity.  Are we working hard enough? If so, why isn’t the productivity of the organisation higher? These are the wrong questions

Training needs to catch up

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

Productivity requires employees to be fully trained in all aspects of their work role, preferably  including being aware of the organisation’s declared mission snd overall strategy. The problem for the organisation is that training can

A Simple, Productivity Tip

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

Many of us have computers at home. We may use them for work-rerated tasks (especially now more of us spend at least some working time at home) or for social/leisure purposes. We tend to use

Simple Productivity Gains

By |February 5th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

If you are doing some DIY work at home, say building a new cupboard, you might perform badly when compared to a professional joiner building the same cupboard. He is likely to build a higher

Focus – but not all the time

By |January 29th, 2022|Categories: Innovation, Productivity|

Focus! Focus! Focus!  That’s the advice we are given. If we focus, we can perform, we can achieve. But as with all such exhortations, such simplistic advice, such trite sayings, there is another side to examine.

Lowering Working Hours is Not Sustainable

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

There have  been numerous reports lately of organisations cutting working  hours to increase  the engagement of employees, whilst paying the same salaries.  This is said to improve productivity. I am somewhat skeptical of such reports - and of the

The Future Can be Built on Stories

By |January 15th, 2022|Categories: Innovation, Productivity|

Story-telling is becoming recognised as a very effective means of communication. People react better to an interesting narrative than to a boring set of facts or exhortations. So, telling people your vision, and what you

Throw Away the Plans

By |January 1st, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

That headline does not mean we should stop making plans.  Those who don’t plan, don’t succeed. It means that we must recognise that a post-pandemic world causes us to rethink some of the old certainties.  The Omicron

Benchmark to highlight posible gains

By |December 25th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|

When undertaking productivity assignments in some countries, it is surprising to find out how far performance and productivity is from that of the best performing countries snd organisations. This in spite of the data that

Two Important Questions

By |December 18th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|

Do you know the real underlying causes of downtime and reasons for employee inactivity?  Are you able to act on these causes in time to negate their effects?   If ‘yes’ to both, you have

Laugh Your Way to Productivity

By |December 11th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|

Managers who hear their employees laughing may be angry at the lack of discipline, art the lack of concentration, at the lack of serious effort. Yet, laughter serves a variety of purposes in a work

Dieting is a Short-Term Fix

By |December 4th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|

When we diet, we usually start with great enthusiasm and we probably have some initial success. We buy new foods and ingredients, try new recipes. We might go to gather gym more often band try

Value Progress, not Perfection

By |November 27th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|

Many of us beat ourselves up at the end of the day because we haven’t been able to complete our ToDo list - which just gets longer and longer. However instead of bemoaning what we

Returning to Work can be Srressful

By |November 20th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|

Many organisations are bringing employees back to the office - perhaps not full-time but maybe on a hybrid working basis.  When they do this there are all sorts of logistical challenges. Do we bring everyone back

We Still Need Passion

By |November 13th, 2021|Categories: Innovation, Productivity|

Some organisations concentrate almost exclusively on the numbers, on pushing sales, on improving efficiency and productivity. It is good to do this but sometimes those organisations forget the passion.  What drove the business at the

Money Is not Enough

By |October 30th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|

The UK government is pouring m ore money in to the National Health Service. During the pandemic the NHS has been highly valued but terribly stretched and many of its normal day to day procedures

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