If you Google the word ‘productivity’, you get lots of results. Many of them relate to ‘personal productivity’, some of them to organisational productivity and a few to national productivity.

So, which is the most important?

One way of looking at it is to assume that collective personal productivity makes up organisational productivity and collective organisational productivity makes up national productivity 

However, this is not so.  Organisational productivity depends much more on the effectiveness of the systems, processes and procedures involved than it does on the personal effectiveness of the workers … except perhaps for the effectiveness of the few key people who shape policy and strategy. 

So, don’t ignore personal productivity …but don’t expect it to transform your business if you don’t pay attention to those other key elements.