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May 15

Productivity positions built on sand

 

On Fri, May 12, 2017, I read an article about Chinese productivity posted by Bloomberg journalist Michael Schuman and sent him the following email:

Michael,

I read your article about Chinese productivity with great interest

The first step in any major productivity improvement drive is indeed to establish the current position – where are you now?

Most ‘expert’ commentators try to do this but are forced to use flawed GDP and so flawed national productivity statistics – then they offer a wide variety of broad solutions to close productivity gaps

Meanwhile, lowly managers on the front-line are left with little practical help on what they should do at their level – yet it is only at their level where some 80% of any national productivity improvement can be made

Given this ‘productivity support vacuum’ affecting all nations, not just China, you may be interested in a newish website which offers free advice for all managers at all levels in all sectors, public and private

If I can be of any further help, do please let me know

Cheers

DS

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Michael replied the same day, from Peking:

Thanks for reading.

Yes, the data isn’t perfect, but at least you can get a sense of trends in productivity — ie is it going up or down, or how countries compare.

Best,

Michael

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