When undertaking productivity assignments in some countries, it is surprising to find out how far performance and productivity is from that of the best performing countries snd organisations.

This in spite of the data that is available on the web, in specialists journals and even in general news.

One of the benefits of benchmarking is it shows ‘the art of the possible’.

If you can show organisation A that organisation X, in the same sector and of the same size, is performing much better, it is impossible for organisation A to say ‘it can’t be done’. You have shown them it can be done.

So governments should establish some from of international benchmarking to show what their industry should be aspiring to – and then organise benchmarking internally in priority sectors to show lower performing organisations what they should be targeting.

It’s not rocket science, is it?