Innovate and Be More Productive

I often feel innovation and productivity are at odds but in this day and age if you aren’t doing both you are probably on the road to serious trouble. I recently came across Jeffrey Phillip’s blog called Innovate on Purpose. In this post he was discussing the ‘Five Factors that drive the need for more innovation’. The more I read the post the more I concluded those factors were responsible for the need to become more productive as well. Customer expectations, the driving force behind any business, have evolved considerable from the days of old. The increased pace of change, increased access to information, decreased cost of entry into the market place and falling trade barriers have all lead to better informed customers with way more choices and opportunities to not only get exactly what they want but get it easier, cheaper and faster than ever before. To compete in this arena businesses need to be on the very top of their game.

So how do you do that? Well in a different post I came across some tips on how to turn employee creativity into corporate innovation. 5 must be the magic number today as this post offers 5 tips as well including invest in basic ideation training to help employees increase their creative output. It also suggests you can set up the environment to encourage creativity. As always it is about capitalizing on the talent and ingenuity of your employees. I urge you to check out the post – perhaps there are some tips there that you can use.

In closing today I can’t resist offering one more tip on how to be more productive. How about a vacation from email? According to this new study a vacation from email could be a health benefit offering reduced stress and better focus as well as increased productivity on the job. Apparently constantly reading emails not only causes stress but actually raises your heart rate. Why not consider using email blackout periods to not only help with the productivity but to set the stage for some creative time as well.

Productivity is a measure of how much – work, time, effort, money, or energy – you have to put into something to get the desired outcome. For more tips and tools on how to get more productive please visit Blue Collar Consulting Inc. at


About Janet, doing it better.

I grew up and still reside in Northern Alberta. While I have numerous interests I am passionate about the Peace River region, its innovation, its people, and the creative spirit that envelopes us all.

Posted on May 16, 2012, in creativity, employee performance, innovation, performance management, productivity, productivity tools and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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