Saturday, 6 December 2008

Toronto Turnround

Besides being Director of the National Productivity Centre here in the UK, I am also President of the World Confederation of Productivity Science (WCPS). The WCPS is this week taking some of its own medicine. There is a Board meeting in Toronto to review our forward strategy ... and make the organisation more productive ... in terms of spreading the productivity message both to, and beyond, our own direct stakeholders.

In this 'credit crunch' world, there is no more important task for most organisations than to raise their productivity ... there is a danger that in doing this, many will concentrate on economic productivity and forget about social and environmental productivities. However, this will simply be a reversion to the old practice of the short-term fix ... if we are serious about multiple productivities (and we in the WCPS certainly are), we must maintain our focus now and into the uncertain future.

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