Information Matters

By |January 16th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|

There is some research evidence from India that suggests that providing farmers with information and advice about the use of pesticides, high yield seeds, weather forecasts, etc is more important than ‘showing them what to

Now is the Time to Think

By |January 9th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|

As we gain hope, and maybe even confidence, with the first virus injections, it is time to reflect on the effects of the pandemic and form plans for the future. There are two main items

Happy New Year

By |January 2nd, 2021|Categories: Productivity|

Was what you did and achieved in 2020 the best you could do, bearing in mind the limits caused by the pandemic? If not, you have to think about what you can do and achieve

Don’t Waste the Festive Time

By |December 26th, 2020|Categories: Productivity, Uncategorized|

We know Christmas day was yesterday, and we know some readers do not celebrate Christmas ... but we send greetings anyway. We also remind you that 'festivities' are valuable in  the workplace - to celebrate,

Critical Success Factors

By |December 19th, 2020|Categories: Productivity|

Every business - and every manager in that  business - should know what are the critical success factors … what must the company do - and do well - if they are to be successful.  What are

The Secret Productivity Weapon

By |December 12th, 2020|Categories: Productivity|

We have all been in situations where we have received efficient, friendly service from someone with a smile.  Efficient AND friendly service is so much more effective at creating customer well-being and customer loyalty than

I Understand the Fear

By |December 5th, 2020|Categories: National Productivity, Productivity|

Lots of workers (in manufacturing) are concerned about losing their jobs to robots, as the inexorable rise of automated machines and AI gathers pace. One common ‘defence’ is to suggest that robots only take over

A Suitable Platform

By |November 14th, 2020|Categories: Productivity|

Two trends have come together to transform attitudes to technology. Firstly, hardware (closely followed by software) has become so advanced that many tasks previously thought incapable of being computerised or digitised have now come within

Post-Pandemic Policy

By |November 7th, 2020|Categories: Productivity|

A crisis like the one the world is at the moment changes political, economic and business thinking. Long-strategy understandably gives way to survival thinking.... “How can we get through this?” So, longer (but not that

Calling All Governments

By |October 31st, 2020|Categories: Productivity|

Which governments succeeded and which have failed in meeting the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic?  Well - as ever - it depends on your definition of succcess. There are two main factors against which the

Keep Moving Backwards

By |October 24th, 2020|Categories: Productivity|

Many, if not most, companies are looking to improve productivity these days.  They may design single, initiatives or projects to look at key issues or, if they are smart, have an ongoing ‘movement’ that systematically

Hard Work

By |October 17th, 2020|Categories: Productivity|

Do you want your employees to work hard?  (Yes, we’re starting with the easy questions.) Well, actually you don’t. If those employees are doing the wrong things, or even doing the right things but in

Secure Food Supplies

By |September 3rd, 2020|Categories: Productivity|

I have written and spoken recently about the growing realisation that resilience must be a key factor in industry  development where security and consistency of supply becomes ever more important when selecting working systems and

The Future Needs Your Thought

By |March 21st, 2020|Categories: Productivity|

When we carry out future -gazing or horizon scanning, we can often see likely large-scale changes ahead. For example, self-driving vehicles are coming. We are not sure when but they are coming. What does this

Longer-term vision, please

By |March 14th, 2020|Categories: Productivity|

We should be able to assume that most business leaders are aiming to improve the productivity and performance of their organisation.  Yet, not many of them seem to be successful in doing this. This suggests

The same, old routine

By |March 7th, 2020|Categories: Productivity|

A lot of productivity writers and bloggers advocate a morning routine to set you up for the day. The problem with routines is that they tend to result in routine thinking. If you want fresh,

Sometimes quick is better

By |February 29th, 2020|Categories: Productivity|

When improving performance, we often urge companies to take a longer term view. Forget short term gains and concentrate on the gains to be made year in, year out over many years, Yet, sometimes, companies

No more comfort breaks

By |February 15th, 2020|Categories: Productivity|

I was musing the other day about 'off the wall' inventions that might do good for the wrong reasons - or were designed to solve a problem that no-one knew existed. My starting point was

Lay the Foundations

By |February 11th, 2020|Categories: Productivity|

There has been much talk recently in the UK (before, during and even after, the election) about improving rail links to, and in, the north of England.  HS2 (the high speed link to London) might get

What is the right ratio?

By |February 8th, 2020|Categories: Productivity|

I saw recently that Mark Zuckerberg had had millions wiped off his ‘fortune’ by a small dip in Facebook’s stock value. Leaving aside the morality of the vast fortunes of these tech billionaires, I wonder

Offensive Productivity

By |January 25th, 2020|Categories: Productivity|

I was browsing the web recently when a headline “Offensive Productivity” caught my eye. It was an article relating to an American sports team and was bemoaning the performance of the attacking members if the

Don’t be a binary thinker

By |January 18th, 2020|Categories: Productivity|

Politicians are binary creatures. They view important issuers as black and white,.  They are right and everyone else is wrong.  They rarely listen to conflicting views because they KNOW those holding contrary views cannot be

Design good processes

By |January 11th, 2020|Categories: Productivity|

Do we want to design processes that are ‘good’? Well, we first have to define ‘good’. I would suggest that ‘good’ processes are consistent processes. If a process is consistent, we can observe it, measure

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