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Introduction

        • Productivity improvement has become a complex subject embracing most management disciplines, made even more complex by its measurement becoming more difficult as economies develop and services come to dominate

         

        • The upside of widespread productivity improvement is a vast increase in national economic growth rates and standards of living – mostly achieved by reducing unit costs of goods and services enabling many more people to afford them

         

        • Demand then increases and company profits improve enabling increases in pay levels which generate even more demand plus more tax-take for governments to provide more and better public services

         

        • The downside can be job losses for some but, to date, productivity improvement has led to a net increase in jobs plus whole new sectors created – and most people outplaced are able to find other jobs, often better paid and more fulfilling

         

        • With such benefits, ‘how to improve productivity’ has become the most important issue facing any manager or government minister in peace-time – at least in ‘non-pandemic times’

         

        • Hence, one would expect there to be thousands of books, seminars, conferences, specialist courses, website pages and apps focussed on productivity improvement – plus directors and consultants specialising in the subject – surprisingly, there are very few

         

        • Indeed, productivity is ‘off the radar’ for most managers at all levels – everybody is said to be responsible for it, so nobody is – in effect, they’re ‘flying blind’ – unforeseen events top their priority lists, daily firefighting is their norm, productivity improvement is not even on their agendas

         

        • Hence most organisations in most sectors, public and private, operate well below their potential – not 1 or 2% below but at least 20% – the great majority could offer much more and better, many with fewer resources and so at much less cost

         

        • Our latest book – ‘Productivity Knowhow’ Revisited – an updated and shorter version of the original 500pp ‘Productivity Knowhow’ only became possible because of the spare time afforded by the Covid-19 pandemic – and this website now includes many extracts from it

         

        • Together, they target all managers on the front-line who are keen to make big productivity improvements but lack the ‘productivity knowhow’ – in particular, they seek to simplify the complex so as to maximise their understanding to be able to take effective action

         

        • Its overall aim is as before:

         

                        ‘To help managers improve lives’

 

P.S. Please note we are currently updating  this website to reflect the changes made in the above new book 

– and this includes changing all the blurred images currently on display

– for which many apologies