Vadim Kotelnikov    

Productivity Improvement

Improving Product Quality and Output per Worker


Two Components of Productivity

1. Product quality

2. Output per worker

The basic operating principle of the Continuous Improvement Firm  (CIF) is that improvements in product quality often produce simultaneous reductions in cost.

Eight Attributes of Corporate Success

By Peters and Waterman

Seven Goals of the Japanese Suggestion System

Making the job more productive... More


Performance Management

Employee Performance Management  >>  Individual Performance  >>  Right Job

Develop Employees  >>  Coaching


Innovation Performance Management  >>  Innoball

Performance Measurement  >>  Manager's Diagnostic Kkit

Case Studies

Toyota Production System (TPS)

Lean Production

Lean is about doing more with less: less time, inventory, space, labor, and money... More

Continuous Improvement Firm (CIF)

The ultimate competitive goal of the Continuous Improvement Firm is the ability to produce consumer goods on a custom basis for immediate delivery at costs lower than those featured by standard mass production firms. The entire work force, not just management, is able to constantly improve both the product and the processes whereby it is produced... More

10 Ways to Develop Entrepreneurial Staff

Mould your people into a pro-active and productive team.

There are two phases in developing an entrepreneurial workplace. Phase I creates the environment necessary to support and encourage it. Phase II is building your staff's entrepreneurial skills... More

Business Process Thinking

"Business process thinking is predicated upon the central belief that it is fundamentally the complex, cross-departmental, technology-enabled business process that create value for customers and shareholders."

This predication assumes that every significant management activity should begin with an analysis of customers' needs and have, as an intrinsic objective, the shared understanding of the key business processes or organizational capabilities that are critical to satisfying those needs."3... More

Building Trust To Improve Productivity

Research indicates2 that there is a strong correlation between components of trust (such as communication effectiveness, conflict management, and rapport) and productivity. Cultural differences play a key role in the creation of trust, since trust is built in different ways, and means different things in different cultures... More

 Case in Point  Canon

The objectives of Canon Production System (CPS) are to manufacture better quality products at lower cost and deliver them faster. To achieve these goals, 9 wastes are to be eliminated... More

 Case in Point  General Electric (GE)

Jack Welch's goal was to make GE "the world's most competitive enterprise." "We now know where productivity real and limitless productivity comes from. It comes from challenged, empowered, excited, rewarded teams of people," he said. Welch knew that the current business environment requires an energized, energizing leader: "You've got to be live action all day. And you've got to be able to energize others. Your cannot be this thoughtful, in-the-corner-office guru. You cannot be a moderate, balanced, thoughtful, careful articulator of policy. You've got to be on the lunatic fringe."1... More

 Case in Point  Using the Best Practice at GE: The Trotter Scorecard

Many GE business units employ a tool called the Trotter Matrix to check on their use of best practices. The scorecard was developed by Lloyd Trotter, who ran the Electrical Distribution and Controls side at GE. He listed six desirable attributes for each of his plants and then scored each attribute... More




Edward de Bono creativity advices quotes

Creative thinking is not a talent, it is a skill that can be learnt. It empowers people by adding strength to their natural abilities which improves teamwork, productivity and profits.

Edward de Bono


Peter Drucker advice

Production is not the application of tools to materials, but logic to work.

Peter Drucker


Goggle Larry Page business advice quotes

It's important that people feel that they're part of the company, and that the company is like a family to them. When you treat people that way, you get better productivity.

Larry Page





  1. Jack Welch quoted in Washington Post, March 23, 1997

  2. "Building Trust Across Cultural Boundaries", Ira Asherman, John W. Bing, Ed.D., and Lionel Laroche

  3. "Business Process Management is a Team Sport", Andrew Spanyi