Delayed Gratification

By |March 6th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|

Young children take some time to accept that delayed gratification can sometimes  be an improvement on instant.  For example, waiting for a treat can make that treat better - the period of anticipation can heighten the

Remote Creativity

By |February 27th, 2021|Categories: National Productivity, Productivity|

Creativity is what will see organisations blossom as we (hopefully) near the end of this pandemic. In an office situation, creativity is aided by people bouncing ideas off their co-workers,  They can do this by simply

Remote Maintenance

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

Remote working has been necessary during the pandemic - the alternative for many was no working.     Many organisations have adjusted to the need for remote technologies and remote communication. Have they, though, adjusted to

Beyond the Pilot

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

Many business leaders know that they should be thinking of digitally transforming their operations to harness the power and connectivity of modern electronic devices and networks.   However too many of them approach ‘transformation’ in


By |February 6th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|

Evolution is normally a more stable process than revolution.  Changes are incremental, slow and secure, embedded before the next change occurs. So, if you can, you are probably better trying to evolve your business into an improved,

Optimise, don’t maximise

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

Can productivity be raised too far. Is high productivity ever a problem? Well, it depends on how you look at it and the context/situation you are considering/measuring. For example, it is possible, by applying productivity

What Can You Control?

By |January 23rd, 2021|Categories: Productivity|

If you can’t control events or situations, you might find yourself getting anxious.  This is negative thinking, likely to have an adverse effect on your performance and productivity. In such situations, it is important to

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,

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