Over-hasty thinking

By |October 12th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

I am not immune from careless or overhasty thinking. Recently I read a report on new developments for air conditioning making devices more energy efficient. My immediate thought was that we should just get rid

Not so simple

By |October 5th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

There are great hopes for autonomous vehicles - though some worry about whether the technology is ‘up to the job’. There are some driving situations and conditions where autonomy is relatively easy and others (driving

Productivity Principles

By |September 28th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

I have been doing quite a bit of work with Lean approaches and techniques recently. I like Lean ... not because of the tools and techniques (which are excellent on the whole) ... but because

Diversity creates superteams

By |September 21st, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

The benefits of workforce diversity are well documented. Usually, however, these relate to diversity in race, gender and sexuality. There are also benefits in an age-diverse workforce where the different attitudes and skills that come

Changing Behaviours

By |September 14th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

It is difficult to change the behaviour of a child who is a fussy eater. If you try to punish, you reinforce the negative associations of the food they don’t like. If you try to

Calm down and improve!

By |September 7th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

Many people look to famous entrepreneurs as role models. They see people driven by success, working hard over long hours and completely focused. However, they fail to realise that such people might be ‘wired’ differently

No Just Cause

By |August 31st, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

One of things we do, as productivity professionals, is to examine the evidence - the performance data - to identify where problems and Improvement opportunities exist.  Indeed, we often go further to investigate the root

Techgnology is not the answer

By |August 24th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

Many firms believe that technology will make them more productive - technology in their main processes and in their communication/administrative processes. Technology, of course, can be an aid to productivity. But it is only really

Rest while you work

By |August 17th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

A few weeks ago I wrote about the need to take some time away from the pressures of work to recharge your body and mind and come back stronger.  Here is little tip (hack?) complementary

The Lean Labrynthe

By |August 10th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

I have been reading and writing about Lean quite a bit recently. It is one if those topics where the more you know and the more you read, the more you realise you don’t know. 

Turn off

By |August 3rd, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

Recently I talked about value - and the fact that it is not a straightforward phenomenon.  What I didn’t mention in that piece was the topic of what you value ... personally. Presumably if you

Fit for Work

By |July 27th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

There are lots of blogs written about topics such as a The 7 habits of the Superperformers, suggesting we can learn from what successful business people and entrepreneurs do to make them successful. Well, we

Value is not a simple concept

By |July 20th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

Lean Thinking emphasises the concept of value - which in business is the creation of product/service features and attributes that the customer wants or needs AND is willing to pay for. The second criterion of

Efficiency is not enough

By |July 13th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

Are you doing everything you can to make your organisation efficient? Do you run a very ‘tight’ and ‘lean’ company.. Good! But it’s not enough. Efficiency is the baseline. It is where all organisations should

Definer success

By |July 6th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

I saw someone suggesting the other day that increased private  investment in (private) education would improve its productivity. Think this is debatable? As in many other areas, it depends on how you define and measure

Too Remote?

By |June 29th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

Remote or distance working (often referred to as ‘working from home’) has become increasingly popular over the last decade. There is no doubt that fir many job roles, the technology exists to facilitate such working.

We need young thinking!

By |June 11th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

I talked recently to the Young Fabians (a UK-based left wing think tank) about "Britain's puzzlingly poor productivity".  In such situations, people often want to know the 'secrets' or the 'answers'. The YF were too

Life is ….

By |June 8th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

I used to ask myself the question... What have you done today to improve the organisation? Now I am older and wiser, I ask ... What have you done today to improve your life? After

Will BREXIT improve UK productivity?

By |June 1st, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

UK productivity has been bad for quite a long time and productivity growth is currently low. What impact will BREXIT (the departure of the UK from the European Union) have? Well, we don't know all

Throw your task manager away.

By |May 25th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

Do you use a task manager to help you schedule tasks and activities?  Many people do.  There are many apps out there to help you. Do you wake each morning, look at your list of

The most important thing to do

By |May 18th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

What is the most important thing to be done in a business? Is it creating the vision? Is it setting strategy? Is it managing people? Is it building a supply chain? Well, all of these

How do you think?

By |May 11th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

We are often asked to reflect on 'what we think'.  But, rarely, on how we think. Many of us are charged with making improvements, with innovation, with important planning and decision-making.  How we think -

Treat your employees well

By |May 4th, 2019|Categories: Productivity|

"Our people are our greatest assert:".  So say most companies.  Yet few of them behave as if they really believe it. They fail to involve, empower - even train and develop - their employees and

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