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The Science of Productive Forces

by Timothy Barlow

November 2019


The idea of Productive Forces is not new. Marx was the first to identify them with his “Theory of Productive Forces” which can be managed and manipulated to increase productivity and profits. Some hundred years after the idea was first raised the UK faces a Productivity crisis because we are not managing our resources (in particular our people) well.

We do not have to go too far on the internet to see that ‘this’ or ‘that’ employee engagement strategy works; simply not enough of our businesses are doing them, let alone all of them, so should we be surprised that we do not have a great track record.

Fact: If you score less than twenty-five from our twenty-five point list; YOU CAN DO BETTER.

Productivity is the Holy Grail that we must search for (other religious artefacts and denominations are available) which will give us the Elixir of Everlasting Life. Productivity and Profit are linked and it is your HR department and your Managers that will or won’t unlock them for you.

Question: Why as a Nation do we not take People Management, Business Leadership and Learning from Experience more seriously?

Productivity is ‘fractal’ in that there are recurrent patterns, processes and key factors which allow analysis and investigation and understanding, much like clouds, trees and coastlines. So what are these patterns and how can I learn from them?

In my book “The Great British Productivity Challenge” I analyse the relationship between Talent Management, Productivity and Profit. I go on to describe a new approach which I call “The Science of Productive Forces’.

The book and theory is part of a six month plan which includes eighteen processes to increase employee engagement, retention, productivity and profit. I also include my “Productive Forces – Talent Management – Questionnaire”. Each of the processes is known to add between 5-30% to an organisations bottom line.

The book is complemented by CopiasTM, (our Talent Management Platform), which groups together the known activities and drivers of engagement and is primed with an alerts module to prompt your managers to do the right thing; so you can capture your patterns and learn from them.

CopiasTM is free to those who need it the most.

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