So what do we mean when we say we want to be productive or we want our services to be productive? This is something we think we know but until we articulate exactly what we mean, the term is uncertain and ambiguous. What one person understands as productivity may not be the same meaning that another has.
The online dictionary provides a number of definitions and I liked the way it provides similar, related and dissimilar words.
|Adj.||1.||productive - producing or capable of producing (especially abundantly); "productive farmland"; "his productive years"; "a productive collaboration"|
|2.||productive - having the ability to produce or originate; "generative power"; "generative forces"|
|3.||productive - yielding positive results|
|4.||productive - marked by great fruitfulness; "fertile farmland"; "a fat land"; "a productive vineyard"; "rich soil"|
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2008 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
Using the above I came up with a number of questions to ask myself and others who claim to be working on increasing productivity:
- If being productive can be defined as the capability to reproduce I wonder what productive spread is? I think it is about how efficiently we adopt and implement best practises, but that may not be the all of it.
- If being productive is about abundance, how can we shift our mindset to one where we aim to use and create abundance rather than to streamline, cut and destroy services? How much impact can a mindset shift make?
- If being productive is about yielding positive results, I wonder for whom these results are? How do we manage the differing expectations of different stakeholders?
How do you define "productive"?