How To Build A Culture Of Productivity, Part 1

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort.”

Paul J. Meyer

What does productivity mean to you? To many, it means more time, money and resources to get other things done. For example, if you have five people working toward the completion of a specified task and can find a way to complete it using only four people, then the fifth person can work on something else. Productivity is the art of doing more with the time, money and resources you have at your disposal.
Today and tomorrow, Promotional Consultant Today shares the six attributes needed to give your organization the ability to accept the small and sometimes large changes that productivity enhancements require.

1. Cultural Awareness: One of the most important business attributes of people leading the productivity charge is cultural awareness. This is the ability to understand your organization’s internal politics, idiosyncrasies, strengths, weaknesses and how it gets things done. To make matters more complicated, organizations have multiple cultures, called subcultures. For example, the Help Desk may have a different internal culture than Software Development.

Before moving forward with a productivity initiative, you must first ask yourself the question: “Does this organizational change require cultural change first?” The answer may be yes or may be no, but it will depend if the changes being made are aligned and consistent with the current organizational culture.

2. Innovative Mindset: Innovative opportunities to enhance productivity come in many forms. It could be the successful creation, implementation, reuse and/or improvement of an existing IT or business process that reduces costs, enhances productivity, increases company competitiveness or provides other business value.

Finding these innovative solutions requires a willingness to look at your existing operational processes with a critical eye—even if you were the one who originally designed them. Albert Einstein said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” You must think about your processes from different perspectives if you wish to improve them.

3. Management Focus: Like all organizational initiatives, productivity-related projects must have management support. If not, they most likely will not get funded. If they do get funded, they will eventually wither on the vine. If you’re the project’s executive champion, great! If not, you must find one that can provide you with the resources and political clout needed to move your productivity innovation from idea to ongoing business practice.

When you gain an understanding of your company’s internal culture with respect to these cultural attributes, you can enhance your entire organization’s productivity. With this knowledge in hand, analyze the impact these factors are having on your organization’s ability to foster innovation, communicate internally, expand corporate knowledge and implement change.

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