b'| SELF-CARE GUIDEAccomplish More in Less Time Climb the 7-Step Productivity PyramidBy Eric Bloom The Productivity Pyramid concept states that for productivitySTEP 1: GOAL ALIGNMENTimprovement activities to be effective and long-lasting, they cantThe alignment of individual, project, department and corporate goals be randomly performed. These activities must be organization- is a mainstay of the strategic planning process. This is also true for ally grounded, systematically implemented and administrativelyproductivity goals. As a result, as you define your productivity related supported. activities, you must also prioritize them based on the answers to T he establishment of an ongoing, organization-wide produc- these two questions: Does this productivity project free up corporate resources that can be redeployed to achieve current corporate objec-tivity improvement program requires the right company cul- tives? Will the productivity project, by its nature, assist in the potential ture, a continuous improvement mindset, innovative thinkerssuccess, efficiency or cost effectiveness of any currently funded corpo-and the active support of senior management. But this is not enough.rate projects?To be successful, it must also have a defined set of processes, the abil- If one or more answers to the above questions is yes, your pro-ity to measure and communicate results, and a clear understandingposed productivity project is a candidate for funding. Therefore, like of how each productivity enhancement provides value to the orga- all potentially funded projects, it should be prioritized based on its nization. These processes are established on each of the seven stepsshort-term and long-term return on investment (ROI).on the Productivity Pyramid, which, if followed, creates a company environment where more is done in less time.STEP 2: HOLISTIC MINDSETThe Productivity Pyramid concept states that for productivityOrganizational productivity must be looked at holistically. All too improvement activities to be effective and long-lasting, they cantoften, people and organizations attempt to enhance their productivity be randomly performed. These activities must be organizationallythrough the improvement of one or two key business activities. It could grounded, systematically implemented and administratively sup- be improved delegation practices, time management training, and the ported. They must align with your corporate goals and culture, beimplementation of email-oriented best practices or other key internal implemented with formal plans based on anticipated results, andprocesses. Improvements in each of these areas individually have the repeatable going forward.potential to provide substantial productivity gains.In addition to describing the stepping stones toward the creationBy their nature, however, productivity improvements in one area of a successful productivity program, the Productivity Pyramid cancan cause productivity losses in other areas. For example, an effort also be used to assess an organizations current productivity matu- to reduce meetings may have the adverse effect of increasing emails. rity. The seven steps can help you craft a plan for the future, and alsoReducing the number of people copied on emails may cause pro-assess your current productivity abilities and needs.cess inefficiencies. Improved time management prioritization tech-ISTOCKniques may help facilitate individual productivity improvements, www.elitecme.com |2021| SELF-CARE GUIDE 11'