Category: Productivity

Don’t Let Busyness Kill Your Creativity

Last week I was getting a drink when a colleague asked me “So, you busy as usual?” I took a second to avoid my kneejerk affirmative response and went for it: “No – we’ve decided to slow down. Give ourselves some time to really think about things”. They looked at me like I’d lost my ...

We Need To Promote Outcomes At Work Not Presenteeism

“Presenteeism is the biggest threat to UK workplace productivity. Workers coming in and doing nothing is more dangerous than absenteeism” – Professor Cary Cooper A full car park and people appearing busy at their desks is zero evidence that any meaningful work is taking place. UK productivity, our output divided by the hours spent producing ...

How To Find And Kill Zombie Projects

According to Clayton Christensen , of the 30,000 new consumer products that are launched each year – 95% fail. Compare this with the public, voluntary and non-profit sectors – where hardly anything fails. The social sector must either be fantastic at launching new initiatives, or there’s a lot of things going on that shouldn’t still be living. ...

Technology Won’t Kill Meetings – But We Can

Technology failed us. We thought the world of work was to be reimagined. The death of the office. The end of email. A utopia of work/life integration fueled by work-where-you-want technology. It hasn’t happened. Six years ago 2.8 million people made daily commutes of two hours or more. In 2016 that’s risen to 3.7 million. ...

How To Make Complex Things Simple

I’ve just had to apply for a new passport. It’s one of those things that you generally only do every ten years or so. It prompts you to ruminate on a few things. Ageing: That old passport photo you were embarrassed about now looks like the ideal version of you. You shudder at the thought of ...

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BYOD: The Right (Digital) Tools For The Job – and The Person

Bring your own device (BYOD) is a disruptive phenomenon where employees bring non-company IT into the organisation and demand to be connected to everything. 70% of mobile professionals will conduct their work on personal smart devices by 2018 – Gartner The need for people to have the correct tools to do their jobs has been part ...

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Top Tips for Meetings: No.1 – Don’t Have Them….

About 18 months ago I visited a multinational company specialising in networking equipment. There I sat , marvelling at some of the most state of the art communications systems on the planet: HD Video seamlessly linking multiple sites , one in a different country. Phones with tablets attached to them enabling employees to collaborate and problem solve ...