Measure with care!

By |2020-03-19T22:48:05+00:00February 9th, 2013|

Two old adages say "Measurement creates understanding" and "You get what you measure".    The first is self-explanatory - if you want to understand a situation, measure it, once you know how mant/much, when, at what rate and at what quality levels things happen, you can take sensible decisions about processes. The second adage implies that measuring things changes the behaviour of those associated with those things

Good Advice

By |2020-03-19T22:48:05+00:00February 2nd, 2013|

There are many blogs offering 'personal productivity' advice - often linked to reminder/time management software... but often just offering simple advice. A common piece of advice is to 'declutter' your life - get rid of distractions and focus on the real issues.I can see the wisdom in this so from now on I will stop reading such blogs and focus

Productivity Leadership

By |2020-03-19T22:48:05+00:00January 26th, 2013|

How would a productivity director of a global enterprise exhibit leadership? My first thoughts are that, like all effective leaders, they would define and articulate a clear mission, vision and set of values with commitment to : excellence, fairness, recognition, and reward. They would demonstrate an understanding of the environmental and social impact of business

Is it fair?

By |2020-03-19T22:48:05+00:00January 19th, 2013|

For several decades after World War II, the graphs for productivity and wages mirrored eac other - productivity increases allowed workers to earn more money. Over the last decade this has changed. Whoever is reaping the benefits of increased productivity, it certainly isn't the workers. Part of the explanation is that technological change distorts the

Tehnology, anyone?

By |2020-03-19T22:48:05+00:00January 12th, 2013|

When times are tough (as they are now), we tend to turn in all directions looking for some help So, will technology help us out of the current mess we are in? It is possible for some types of organisation - but I wouldn't bet on it. In concert with something else - procedural review, process re-engineering - you

China’s difficult ask

By |2020-03-19T22:48:05+00:00January 5th, 2013|

China's productivity record over recent years has been excellent - yet most of the improvement has come from capital investment. As such it has been relatively low-hanging fruit. If growth is to be maintained, the job gets harder- needing real changes to systems, processes and procedures ... real changes to labour productivity. It will be

New Year Resolution

By |2020-03-19T22:48:05+00:00December 29th, 2012|

This, of course is the time for resolution- determination to do more and/or better, to improve. But this shouldn't happen at new year- or, at least, not only at new year. Such determination should be ingrained in you at all times - and across your organisation. So, by all means make a resolution - but resolve to keep resolving... to keep challenging and improving, asking questions and seeking answers. Above all, resolve not

What about the workers

By |2020-03-19T22:48:05+00:00December 22nd, 2012|

Information from India, provided by the ILO, shows that economic growth from 2008 to 2011 was over 7%. However real wages rose by about 1.6%. This suggests that the fruits of productivity growth are not being shared with the workers. This is unfortunately too typical. Over the last decade, the only part of the world

Stand Up for Productivity

By |2020-03-19T22:48:05+00:00December 15th, 2012|

Many workers sit - at desks, at PCs, at assembly stations at ... It has been known for many years that it s beneficial to give people the choice as to whether to sit or stand ... and to give them furniture that accommodates either. Yes, it is rare to see such provision. Presumably the

Building consensus

By |2020-03-19T22:48:05+00:00December 8th, 2012|

Regular readers will know i have just been in Mauritius helping to promote their national productivity campaign. I talked to lots of stakeholders - employers, trades unions, educators, government agencies and even senior figures in the =government. Quite often I met good will ... and a realisation that productivity is important to the future prosperity

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