June 23, 2020
#8 wire

Celebrate the spirit of #8 wire, but let the practice die

Number #8 wire, it’s the quintessential Kiwi attitude. Success on an oily rag. Us out here in the colonies, against the world. We may not have the size or the resources, but we punch above our weight. We knock the […]
June 11, 2020
Nick implements Lean at Client

Nick Brownsword on the benefit of Lean Practices

Do you want to know how Lean Practices or Continuous Improvement Practices can Improve your Productivity? Lean Practices are explained by Nick Brownsword in his Webinar at CEDA, the Central Economic Development Agency. In this webinar Nick systematically describes the […]
May 25, 2020
4 rules of productivity to redesign your business for maximum productivity

If you want to redesign work for maximum productivity, these are the only 4 rules you need to follow

Twenty years after the 4 rules of productivity were written, we go back to the future of work: standardised, connected, straightforward and always ready to be improved By Geerten Lengkeek Seven weeks in lockdown means you can ponder things. How […]
April 21, 2020
lessons learned from a 50-year-old (near) disaster

Apollo 13 – Lessons Learned from a 50-year-old (near) Disaster

By Liddy Bakker My daughter studies in Europe and once universities stopped their lectures, she managed to get a flight to NZ and now shares our bubble during lockdown. Since she studies Aerospace Engineering and with the 50 year anniversary […]
April 16, 2020
future leadership capability

Are we willing to erode our future leadership capability?

Will ‘nemawashi’ practicing leaders become more top-down and more impatient post COVID-19? By Geerten Lengkeek The Japanese future leadership capability is build on the principle of Nemawashi, which translates as ‘consensus building’ and contains elements of negotiation, influence, dialogue, persuasion and […]
April 7, 2020

Global Lean Alliance Accelerates During COVID-19 Lockdown

The Global Lean Alliance (GLA), an initiative by Demarken Group in Australia and Productivity People in New Zealand, is gearing up for great new customer offerings post the COVID-19 lockdown. On the back of a major client engagement in the […]
April 2, 2020

One week in Lock-Down at Productivity People

We have been in official lockdown for one week now and I have taken a few minutes to reflect on what has happened during this first week. When the announcement came last Monday, we closed our office immediately. From this […]
March 25, 2020

Productivity People Offers Free Remote Support During Phase-4 Lock Down

Many New Zealand businesses have suffered already from the loss of trade with China as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. Now, at the start of a 4-week lock down, many businesses are thinking about ways to survive this uncertain […]
March 15, 2020

Why the battle for talent won’t win you the war anymore

Move over ‘The war for talent’, the ‘war for staff’ is coming! In 1997 a “Ground-breaking McKinsey study exposed the ‘War for Talent’ as a strategic business challenge and a critical driver of corporate performance”, the business world paid attention. […]
March 10, 2020

Celebrating International Women’s Day

For international woman’s day, I attended a session called ‘A Woman’s Worth’ organised by the Institute of Directors. Working as a management consultant and having started my career as a soil scientist, I am very used to operating in a […]