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Think Productivity Conference a Big Hit

We held our Think Productivity Conference this month, which attracted over 40 local businesses to talk about all things Productivity. We heard from some fantastic speakers and enjoyed facilitation from host-with-the-most, Richard Askam, who inspired the audience with learnings from his journey of working with one of the world’s biggest brands and how he manages to beat the productivity blues to really drive business growth.

Richard Askam hosted the Productivity Programme’s Think Productivity Conference
Picture: Chris Vaughan Photography for University of Lincoln’s Productivity Programme

Something that stuck with the team was when Richard said, “We need to be in touch with our inner child. Children aren’t afraid to be wrong and that is where innovation and creativity comes from.” We always have those inner child moments don’t we? Or is it just us? But when it comes to work and getting things wrong, we tend to have that misconception that it is bad when actually in fact it is a learning process and great ideas come from making mistakes.

The conference had two brilliant workshops that were facilitated by the incredibly insightful Jo Mason and Sara Scott, in which they took everyone through ways to motivate themselves, their team and businesses to beat productivity blockers and become more innovative and creative in the process.

Jo Mason from Propulsion Coaching took us through some vital ways that we can really work on beating those things that stop us being productive. “Motivation at work has two aspects – we need to control the demotivating factors first before we can get motivated!” We really learnt from this session about how we could target the right areas to improve our productivity and focus our minds.

Jo Mason from Propulsion Coaching spoke about the key elements of productivity
Picture: Chris Vaughan Photography for University of Lincoln’s Productivity Programme

Sara Scott from Virtubrand gave us some great insights into how to avoid productivity blockers. “Productivity is the state of being able to create, particularly at a high quality and at quick speed.” Common blockers preventing productivity at work were explored and how we can introduce new ways of overcoming these barriers to increase our productivity.

Sara Scott from Virtubrand hosted a workshop on How to Avoid Productivity Blockers
Picture: Chris Vaughan Photography for University of Lincoln’s Productivity Programme

Tanvir Hassan, Managing Director of Lincoln-based marketing and design agency, Attract, highlights his experience at the event:

 “As a new business, which has been supported time and time again by the Productivity Programme and other University of Lincoln initiatives, I recognise the importance of productivity-boosting activities in our growth.

 I was able to gain insight into how technology could be used effectively to help manage our business, and we had an excellent discussion on bringing out the best in the workforce at our table.

 The interactive nature of the workshops was especially commendable, and in addition to the

workshop co-ordinators, I was able to learn things from other business leaders and share

some of the things we have learned on the way too! Leadership can be an especially lonely

game, so to be able to bounce thoughts and ideas off other business owners was especially


Following on from Tanvir’s insights, we wanted to share some of the key takeaways from the day for those of you that were unable to join us, especially so we can help you increase your productivity:

The Productivity Programme’s support streams are designed to help you embed these principles into your organisational culture and practices. We’d love to hear more about the productivity challenges facing your business so that we can tackle them together.