Let’s celebrate

By |2020-03-19T22:47:32+00:00October 4th, 2013|

I normally post to this blog on a Saturday ... but this is not a normal week. Firstly I am in St Johns, Newfoundland attending a Board Meeting of the World Confederation of Productivity Science. Secondly, today is National Manufacturing Day in the US. Co-incidentally, one of my WCPS colleagues, George Smith, happened to mention

Bye, bye Blackberry

By |2020-03-19T22:47:32+00:00September 28th, 2013|

So, Blackberry seems to have gone.  A few years ago, business executives were addicted to the mobile email platform ... for that is what it was.  Then Apple - and Google via Android - showed what else could be done by a mobile device... and Blackberry was left behind.     Remember, however good your product

We’re in this together

By |2020-03-19T22:47:32+00:00September 21st, 2013|

Many organisations are thinking through their 'corporate social responsibilities'.  They see this as either a good means of getting positive PR (the cynical ones) or as a means of making their contribution to the communities they touch with their operations (the good guys) ... or perhaps for many, somewhere in the middle (the majority). Unfortunately,

How’s my health

By |2020-03-19T22:47:33+00:00September 14th, 2013|

One by one the BRIC countries seem to be losing their lustre.  Most of them are growing at a considerably slower rate than they were a few years ago ... some are really struggling. Is this merely the result of the world recession taking away their markets .. or is there something more fundamentally wrong.


By |2020-03-19T22:47:33+00:00September 7th, 2013|

On one of the forums (groups) on LinkedIn there has been  a very interesting discussion recently about the relationship of productivity to profitability.  The relationship is certainly there but it is not necessarily direct or obvious. One of the reasons that I encourage companies to measure their productivity as well as their profitability is that

Skills for Success

By |2020-03-19T22:47:33+00:00August 31st, 2013|

I've just returned from India - one of the world's economic success stories over the last decade. Yet it doesn't feel like that. Partly because the rupee is in free fall. Partly because the government is focusing only on the next (forthcoming) election. Partly because though wealth is being created, much of it remains in

Absent without leave

By |2020-03-19T22:47:33+00:00August 24th, 2013|

I read some data the other day on the level of absence in the Australian public sector.  It was astonishingly high. Why is this ... it seems to be a pattern in public sector employment the world over. There are a number of possibilities.  One is that public sector organisations work their employees so hard

Office Knowledge

By |2020-03-19T22:47:33+00:00August 17th, 2013|

Increasingly our workplaces are filled with 'knowledge workers'. The way in which they work differs from the working patterns of 'traditional' office workers - much more participative, team-based and relying on research and discovery. How does the way in which you design and build your office space recognise these different working patterns.  Probably not at

Public or private?

By |2020-03-19T22:47:47+00:00August 10th, 2013|

There is a number of things we, collectively, have to improve over the next 10 or 20 years. Food supply, energy supply, waste disposal, and so on. Governments have a role to play … but how much is real change driven by the private sector via the profit motive? Some argue that the private sector

Acts of Faith

By |2020-03-19T22:47:47+00:00August 3rd, 2013|

The IMF recently called on Sri Lanka to increase government spending on education and healthcare saying it would lead to increased labour productivity. However for a government under real pressure, increasing public spending is a brave decision.... and a signifiant act of faith. Will it really increase productivity? And when? And by how much? And

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