February Productivity Roundup

[[First Person](http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/07/how-we-increased-our-manufacturing-productivity-and-turned-a-profit/?ref=productivity “”)] A highly interesting story, told from the first person perspective of Paul Downs, the owner/operator of Paul Downs Cabinetmakers. It’s a peek into how the company, which specializes in building conference tables, addresses productivity and they run the numbers to show how they did it.

[[Profit](http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/07/how-we-increased-our-manufacturing-productivity-and-turned-a-profit/?ref=productivity “”)] We return to Paul Downs Cabinetmakers after they’ve run the numbers to see how this small-scale manufacturer increased productivity and made a profit.

[[Federal Productivity Strategy?](http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/jeffrey-simpson/can-ottawa-spark-innovation-it-hasnt-yet/article2321249/ “”)] The Globe and Mail’s Jeffrey Simpson notes the government’s willingness to act to address Canada’s notoriously lagging productivity, but isn’t sure government really has the answers. An interesting op-ed with a federal perspective on innovation and productivity.

[[Collaboration or Groupthink?](http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/15/opinion/sunday/the-rise-of-the-new-groupthink.html?_r=1&ref=productivity “”)] An interesting op-ed from the New York Times on the rise of collaboration as a buzzword and what it can actually do to innovation if taken too far.

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