improve your organisation’s productivity?
You want your business to grow, you want to be profitable and you want to provide rewarding employment for the people on your team. Often it feels like an uphill struggle. As your business changes, existing systems become an obstacle to growth. Your team has to work around the systems to get things done. Productivity declines, that’s not how you intended it to be.
You know you could achieve more, if only you had the time and the resources to research the options; if you could overcome the inertia required; if you could get from where you are now to where you want to be; if you could achieve more order in the way things are done; if your systems were really working for you.
If this sounds familiar, work with Amanda Sokell and she will help you make the changes you want faster.
THE UK PRODUCTIVITY CRISIS
The UK is suffering from a productivity plateau. Since the economic downturn of 2008 UK productivity has remained static.
So if our economy is experiencing a productivity plateau, so are the businesses within it. If business is unable to increase the rate at which it generates wealth, its ability to create profit is compromised and investments and tax revenues suffer. And it’s not just business owners that should be concerned, lack of productivity affects everybody, as Alex Berenson said “Individual income can grow only as fast as productivity rises”
Over the last decade, productivity improvements in UK businesses are shocking, just 1.3% over the 10 years to July 2017
In order for the UK economy to support the looming pension commitments of 2037 and beyond – it needs to become 400% more productive. It seems an impossible task, and yet increases of 100% or more over 2 years are possible.
To achieve this business owners must start to focus on productivity as well as growth. Are you one of the rare boards that routinely monitors productivity?
It is not enough for our economy to grow, we need to be more productive.
Organisational productivity is supported by four planes, together they make up the productivity pyramid.
People – this is about having the right people, in the right roles, with the right skill set. As you move towards peak productivity, this becomes engaged people who are striving for excellence.
Process – well understood process, supported by detailed procedures and the right tools is the starting point. As you move up towards peak productivity this becomes streamlined, and ultimately intelligent automated processes.
Price – ensuring you are charging the right price for the services you provide is the baseline and that they are regularly reviewed. As you move up the productivity pyramid, it is about understanding the critical resource limitation, and building prices to maximise profit around this
Promise – understanding the promise you make to your customer, and ensuring you deliver on it every time. As you move further up the pyramid, this is about moving from a position where the promise is understood internally, to a strong positioning in the market that represents a highly emotive and experiential promise, and ensuring that everything you do, is engineered to deliver on this promise.
For 20 years Amanda sokell has helped growing companies create order in their processes and systems, the first 10 years of which were through developing bespoke software. More recently her focus is about increasing organisational productivity.
She has worked with all shapes and sizes of company from 5 people to multi-national household names, including a home automation company who applied her methods and doubled their productivity over a two year period.
She helps companies with 25 or more employees who need to change processes or implement software to do so successfully. Her Chaos Audit™ unearths their processes and informs their requirements and then she mentors internal staff to deliver the project successfully.
Amanda is a mentor for businesses that are suffering from growing pains, like a friend you can call upon for advice when you need a sounding board.
She helps you to achieve the change you want faster, particularly when businesses don’t have the internal expertise, and are concerned about the time and money investment involved.
Amanda is passionate about improving productivity in UK companies – and creating a world in which systems allow companies and employees to grow. She’s really good at getting under the skin of a business quickly to find out what makes it tick. With this ability to picture the business as a model and see quickly where the biggest opportunities for improvement exist, you are left free to build the value in your business, safe in the knowledge that the processes and tools you use will serve you for many years to come.