Those of us charged with improving productivity can sometime get anxious about our own, personal productivity.  Are we working hard enough? If so, why isn’t the productivity of the organisation higher?

These are the wrong questions to ask.  Beating ourselves up is no way to a better future.

We should ask:

What have I done today?

What have I achieved?

What have I set in motion that will pay productivity benefits in the future?

What have I done to further the organisation’s mission and vision?

Its not about ‘how hard?’ (did I work) but ‘how effectively?’.  This applies to the rest of organisation.

“How do I create more effective systems, processes, procedures, working methods, working practices? What have I done today to work towards that?”