Productivity improvement is the biggest issue facing any manager at any level in any organisation in any sector - and the biggest peacetime issue facing any government minister too.
Dick Smythe was educated at Bolton School, graduated in pure mathematics and statistics at St... Andrews University and then took a masters in Operations Research at Birmingham University.
He was then recruited by Europe’s leading consultancy of the day, PA Consulting Group, and went on to set up and grow their Productivity Services Division into a significant part of the business, becoming a PA director and sitting on their UK management consultancy board - whilst there, he led a joint study with the CBI into UK productivity, and presented the results on TV, radio and to the national press with Director General Sir John Banham - The Times leader commented: “It is refreshing to come across something that has its feet firmly planted on the ground”
Since then, he has mixed productivity consultancy work with playing the property and stock markets, skippering his own boat in the Fastnet and many other ocean yacht races and keeping his golf handicap down to single figures
As the late Peter Drucker once said, managers have always sought something which lets them ‘do their job with less effort, in less time, yet with greater impact’.
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