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

Management consulting in 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 remote locations.

Productivity People helps companies improve their operational performance. Even though SMEs account for 97% of all New Zealand companies, a traditional delivery model for management consulting is not ideal for most of these businesses. Consulting typically requires a consultant to visits the company for a whole day, which calls for the owner-manager to free up that day to spend with this consultant to ’learn’.  This model is nearly impossible for companies in remote rural New Zealand, as they also have to fork out for the consultant’s travel bill.

At Productivity People we have used the lockdown period to create the Productivity Growth Programme which has flipped the traditional consultant model and puts the client firmly in the driver’s seat: The business owner/manager is provided with the tools and knowledge to implement the Lean practices for themselves, at their own pace. The role of the consultant is to support and guide, rather than to direct.

Productivity improvement uses a range of tools and practices that can all be “googled”. The real challenge lies in understanding which tool will give you the best ‘bang for your buck’ right now.

The Productivity Growth Assessment tool will determine the current state of your company in around two hours. This analysis results in a 10-month plan, which specifies the immediate priorities (1-3 months) as well as the medium term (3-10 months) improvement actions. Each improvement practice has a “how-to” guide which enables you, as business owner to implement these tools at your own pace. These guides contain step-by-step instructions, examples, and ready to use templates.

We – the consultants- are with you along the way by means of frequent remote sessions, phone calls and emails. Current clients not only enjoy the remote aspect of this service. They also like the opportunity to focus on one topic at the time and see the value of small frequent improvement over. A systematic approach to Continuous Improvement practices typically improves productivity by 10-30%.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to learn more.

About the author: Liddy Bakker is the Director of Knowledge Management at  Productivity People