December 2017


Mike Dillon, CEO of IoP, has been working in Indonesia on a project introducing productivity tools and techniques (and associated measures) directly into factories, working with local kaizen teams, trained and facilitated by IoP.





October 2017


The Institute of Productivity is just completing a project in Bangladesh in which 65,000 farmers have been trained in a productivity-based code of practice (devised by IoP) linked to the international GAP (Good Agricultural Practice) standard. During the project, IoP has benchmarked yield from farms to demonstrate that use of the code does indeed increase farm productivity.



Mike Dillon, CEO of IoP, congratulates participants in the agricultural productivity project.




April 2017


John Heap (Managing Director of IoP), Daniel Khan (Chief Operating Officer) and Alex Friar(Projects Officer) all presented papers at the World Productivity Congress in Bahrain, cementing IoP's position as a major contributor to productivity development, and a major influence on policy and practice internationally.



John Heap presenting an award to the Deputy Prime Minister of Bahrain.





March 2016


Mike Dillon, CEO of IoP, was in Indonesia working with UNIDO on a project to improve the productivity of SMEs involved in fisheries and seaweed production.



Mike Dillon, seated centre, with delegates at a workshop for SMEs on Improving Business Operations.


John Heap, MD of IoP, was in Bahrain chairing a Board meeting of the World Confederation of Productivity Science, discussing the forthcoming World Productivity Congress (November 27-30, 2016.  See www.worldproductivitycongress.net for details.



John Heap with Dr Akbar Jaffari (left) and Ebrahim Radhi, of JAFCON - the local organising host for the World Productivity Congress.



October 2015


John Heap, MD of IoP, gave a keynote presentation at the World Productivity Congress in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on " Bigger Data, Smarter Business, Richer Society".


August 2015


IoP has now finished delivering the series of courses to TUC Learning Officers that will see them awarded a Certificate in The Management of Productivity.  The last course was on budgeting....


... and thanks, Marie - for the cake.


budgeting course

Mike with delegates

custom cake


John Heap, Managing Director of IoP, will be a keynote speaker at the World Productivity Congress/ Big Data Congress in Halifax, Nova Scotia in October.  Full details are available at www.bigdatacongress.net and a brochure talking about the business benefits of Big data is available here.


July 2015


As part of its work in Bangladesh, IoP is benchmarking the improved performance of the small farms it is supporting.  Interestingly, so far, the best performing farms are those managed by women.  (No, we're not surprised either!)


Lady fsrmers

IoP CEO, Mike Dillon at a benchmarking report meeting in Bangladesh.



June 2015


IoP is continuing to deliver the Diploma in The Management of Productivity program to TUC Learning Officers.  June saw the officers studying Strategic Planning, involving group exercises to look at strategic opportunities in their own fields of work.


Vision


Vision2



IoP has been advising FAO on how to instil food safety practices throughout an agricultural supply chain - and has designed a series of training courses at different levels to make this work.  To take this through to a successful outcome, IoP has supervised the first shipments of Mangoes from Bangladesh to ASDA (WalMart) in the UK. Workers throughout the supply chain have been trained in good practice and all stages have been inspected to ensure that that good practice was maintained.  The supply chain included the following post-harvest practices to ensure quality/shelflife:

  • transport at a 'cool' temperature (15-20 deg C)
  • desapping of the mangoes by inversion
  • washing of mangoes in clean water
  • hot water treatment at 48 Deg C for 5 minutes
  • strorage of mangoes at 20 Deg C before shipment
  • perforartion of the polyethylene cover of the carton boxes to increase ventilation.



May 2015


John Heap, MD of IoP, chaired the Board meeting of the World Confederation of Productivity Science in New York, where the Board finalised details for the World Productivity Congress on Big Data, scheduled for Halifax, Nova Scotia in October... and took the decision to hold the next Congress in 23016 in Bahrain.


WCPA Board meeting      WCPS Board2


 

Board (not bored) in Leiden


John Heap, MD of IoP, presided over the Board meeting of the European Association of National Productivity Centres in Leiden, Netherlands.

EANPC Board

John Heap with members of the EANPC board and Secretariat.


April 2015


Back in Bangladesh


Mike Dillon, CEO of IoP, is back in Bangladesh working on the FAO-sponsored project to improve food safety amongst local fishermen and farmers.


fish farmers

Mike Dillon with a group of fish farmers


February 2015


IoP's new Diploma in The Management of Productivity


For some time, IoP has been working to build a new, modular Level 4 Diploma Course - registered with OFQUAL and accredited by NOCN.  The course has been taken up by the TUC and the first cohort of union officers recently attended the first module on Project Planning & Control.


TUC delegates

Delegates participate in a range of interactive exercises


John Heap presents the first unit of new Diploma

John Heap, MD of IoP, with delegates on the first unit of the new Diploma course being run on behalf of the TUC



Mike Dillon, CEO of IoP, is back in Bangladesh working with the Master Trainers in Food Control, trained in December (see December News) to cascade training to a large number of Lead Trainers who will prepare for a mass rollout of Food Safety training.



 Trainees  Lead trainer presentation

The training of these Lead Trainers is highly visual,
highly interactive - and uses tool, techniques and
technologies appropriate to the Bangladeshi context.


John Heap, Managing Director of IoP, is to be a keynote speaker at the World Productivity/Big Data Congress in October, 2015 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Click on the Congress logo below for more information.


Congress



December 2014


Mike Dillon, CEO of IoP, is continuing his work in Bangladesh preparing individuals from three sectors (crops, fisheries and poultry) to become Master Trainers in Food Control.  In leading the programme, Mike stressed that the most effective way in which local and international food supply organisations and agencies can improve food control is to design and build in good practice; this is much more effective than attempting to use third party control agencies to 'inspect in' quality.  An important part of the overall project is to assess both the food safety and the business impact of the training over the next year.


 Market Visit
A group of delegates visit the local market
to analyse control processes
 Poultry expert
A leading poultry expert discusses the
benefits of food control; the group then
identify the business benefits



November 2014


Mike Dillon, CEO of IoP, is in Bangladesh delivering a Certified Programme for Master Trainers in Food Control.  The course is sponsored by the FAO (Food & Agriculture Office of the United Nations) and has been designed by IoP in partnership with NOCN, one of the UK's leading Awarding Bodies.  The groups being prepared for Master Trainer status come from the Crops, Fisheries and Poultry sectors.  


 Course1  Course2


J

ohn Heap, Managing Director of IoP, attended the Board meeting of the World Confederation of Productivity Science - in his role as President of the Confederation.  Mike Dillon, who is also a member of the Board of WCPS, was unable to attend due to other commitments but did participate in the meeting via teleconference.


The main business of the meeting was to discuss arrangements for the World Productivity Congress, due to be held in Canada in October, 2015.  WCPS expects to make a formal announcement about the event in the next few weeks and, of course, we will bring you the news here.


October 2014


John Heap, Managing Director of IoP, gave a presentation on "The Impact of Psychosocial Factors on Productivity" at a European seminar in Vicenza, Italy hosted by the Centro Produttivita Veneto.


Vicenza seminar

John made the point that there is very little peer-reviewed research that establishes any direct causal relationship between the way in which an organisation addresses the psychosocial well-being of its workforce and the performance of the organisation.  John went on to to identify the (positive) performance impact of pyschosocial factors - but based on his personal experience rather than on firm 'evidence'.


September 2014



Mike Dillon, CEO of IoP, is working on a FAO programme improving food safety and security in Bangladesh.


Stakeholder Meeting for Food Safety project


Whilst Mike was in Bangladesh, 30 project directors and funders - including representatives from The Netherlands, America and the World Bank attended an IoP presentation on how to roll out GAP (and other such standards) to 15 million farms. We hope to see our ideas and methodology adopted in some major projects over the next few years.


August 2014


Mike Dillon, CEO of IoP, has been in Indonesia advising on productivity improvement in the seafood sector. Indonesia, for example, is the world's largest producer of seaweed ... but receives a very low price compared to many of their competitors.  Mike has particular - and recent - experience with the issues surrounding the use of seaweed as the basis of food products, as this is an area that IoP has been researching.  We hope to be able to use some of this recent experience to help Indonesia move up the value chain.


Presentation to Indonesian seafood sector

Mike Dillon gave a presentation on productivity improvement 

to, and for, the Indonesian seafood sector


Whilst in Indonesia, Mike has also been in discussions with an Indonesian University with a view to IoP helping them establish a productivity-based post-graduate programme.


University discussion



John Heap, MD of IoP, has been in Mauritius as advisor to the National Productivity & Competitiveness Council.  On this visit he has been involved in a number of projects involving support for SMEs - including one supporting small women-only cooperatives.


While there John gave a keynote presentation at a Board meeting of PAPA - the Pan-African Productivity Association.  (See the IoP blog for further information).


PAPA

John with members of the Board

of the Pan African Productivity Association


John also attended a workshop with Robert Kaplan - of Balanced Scorecard Fame - and was pleased to see a 'meeting of minds' on the strategic value of measurement.  The Balanced Scorecard has evolved over time into a strategy support device, helping organisations plan, execute, monitor and evaluate strategic options.  IoP's use of Key & Critical Performance Indicators performs the same function.




John with Robert Kaplan (left) and Kevin Chuttur, 

Chairman of the National Productivity & Competitiveness 

Council of Mauritius.


May 2014


Mike Dillon, CEO of IoP, is currently working with FAO in improving performance in specific value chains in Bangladesh. These include crops - specifically mango, potato , tomato and brinjal.


Mike in Bangladesh


Mike also visited Mauritius where are working with the National Productivity and Competitiveness Council (NPCC) driving the development of productivity-related education programmes,  The first photo shows Mike with the NPCC team and the second shows him passing over the first completed training course to Dev Appalswamy, Head of Training & Corporate services at NPCC.


 NPCC team    First course

IoP has established a partnership with Global Learning to deliver a series of innovative, educational courses in Pakistan.


Global learning



April 2014


IoP worked with UNIDO to develop and deliver a Master Training Programme in Pakistan, designed to assist the government in creating income improvement in fish supply chains.


Pakistan master training program


John Heap, Managing Director of IoP, was the moderator for a session on the theme of Innovation, Productivity, Excellence and Sustainability at the  European Management Conference in Athens in April 2014.






March 2014


John Heap, Managing Director of IoP gave the  keynote presentation at Avant Garde 2014, a global conference on paradigm shifts in management and education, in Bangalore, India on March 19th.   John’s presentation was entitled “What’s Wrong with the Paradigm We’ve Got”.




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