December 18, 2020
Evaluating the year 2020

Evaluating the year 2020 – In three different ways

A lot of people have commented they will be happy to see the back of the year 2020. Give it the figurative “Do not Pass Go!” card from Monopoly. Here are three alternatives to evaluating the year 2020: Factual – […]
December 8, 2020
Management consulting in remote locations

Calling all companies in Reefton, Waipukurau, Tapanui and other remote locations:

Management consulting for operational excellence in remote locations – A new model While large corporates are increasingly withdrawing their services in remote rural locations, we at Productivity People have adapted our services to be able to deliver management consulting in […]
December 2, 2020
highly effective team leaders

Where can one find highly effective Team Leaders?

You may have noticed that despite the current recession it still remains difficult to recruit the right people into your organisation, especially front-line supervisors and highly effective team leaders. To find a candidate with the right skills, experience, and the […]
December 1, 2020
DMS meaning

What is a DMS?

  A DMS is a Daily Management System, which involves holding a daily meeting at a set time, with the team doing the work, standing in front of a DMS board and aim to answer the following questions:   Yesterday: […]
December 1, 2020

5S Principles explained

5S is a Lean / Continuous Improvement practice that originated in Japan and is currently used around the world to organise your workplace. 5S principles are considered a very good place to start a Continuous Improvement program as it has […]
November 26, 2020
Stop Collaborate and Listen

Stop Collaborate and Listen! – Is Vanilla Ice a Continuous Improvement Pioneer?

For those of us over a certain age, Vanilla Ice was a revelation. I remember bopping along, lip-syncing every single word and, even (momentarily) considering dyeing my hair and cutting stripes out of my eyebrow. Looking back, that was one […]
November 25, 2020
Te Kura Whare

Sharpening the saw at Te Kura Whare – The Living Building

Te Kura Whare, the Tūhoe headquarters in Taneatua, is a fitting place for reflection and renewal. On the Ngai Tūhoe website the building is described as follows: “Te Kura Whare mirrors Tūhoe values and Te Mana Motuhake o Tūhoe in […]
November 23, 2020
Highly engaged workers

When highly engaged workers learn, high performance will follow

Great to be invited by Jacob Kajavala and his team at KFL in Kawerau this week to spend time with a bunch of highly engaged workers in the log processing yard. Learning about customer value and waste, continuous improvement techniques and how […]
November 16, 2020
Continuous Improvement/Lean Award

The Bake Shack wins inaugural Continuous Improvement Award at Tauranga Business Awards 2020

Last Friday night at the Westpac Tauranga Business Awards 2020, the Bake Shack won the Continuous Improvement / Lean award.  This inaugural Continuous Improvement/Lean award was sponsored by Productivity People together with Ballance Agri-Nutrients. It has been established to recognise […]
November 11, 2020
rote learning

The disputed link between rote learning, repeatable success and creativity

I’m going to make a case for rote learning. I don’t want to be purposely controversial (this time), so hear me out. I’m going to make the link to Lean practices that drive unrivalled productivity, which should excite you as […]