Category Archive: Organisational productivity

Apr 26

By George, ‘every company is dying’

According to Sir George Buckley, a top quality UK export from the North of England to the USA and now Chairman of Stanley Black & Decker and Smiths Group,  the ‘basic building blocks are the same in all companies’ – he says: ‘At the 30,000ft level, every company needs: A dream To know what it …

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Apr 01

Bravo – Diageo has appointed a CPO

At long last, a major company has appointed a Chief Productivity Officer (CPO) – at least it’s the first one I’ve read about Diageo have clearly recognised the supreme importance of productivity improvement to their long term success and elevated their previous CIO, Brian Franz, to this new position IT is indeed important, but it …

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Mar 23

Pareto for Productivity

Pareto, a 19th century Italian economist, spotted that “80% of effects arise from only 20% of possible causes” – apply this rule to national productivity levels and just the top quintile of companies determine whether improvements are made – and it has been ever thus In other words, the great majority of companies are doing …

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Five steps for big improvements

Managers, whatever their level, need to take just five basic steps to make big productivity improvements – click on the link below for outline details http://www.productivityknowhow.com/?page_id=378 BUT: 1. Corporate plans – If they exist, they’re not seen or understood by most managers 2. Performance measures – Most lack 80% of the measures they need 3. Analysis …

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Stiglitz questions labour saving innovation

Many of the innovations that led to productivity increases in manufacturing ended up playing a role in the economic downturn that began in 2008, says Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz For a long time, he said, many countries have been focusing disproportionately on innovation in the wrong areas, such as saving labour “We have a …

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Myths about productivity?

An interesting set of views and counter claims about productivity are presented below – they were found on Google: It leads to higher wages – it doesn’t – it needs collective bargaining, but unions have mostly lost their influence It doesn’t result in fewer jobs – in an ideal world it would lead to increased output, increased market …

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