The latest insights in operations transformation through our active engagement in the market

    
Our Proudfoot PACE Blog features articles focused on topics relevant to operations transformation, creating a change-capable workforce and other insights and observations from frontline perspectives.

Maintenance makes the wheels go round

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At the weekends I like to escape the some of day-to-day pressures of work by riding a bike.  Whether it be a short ride, or a long one, the metronomic focus on pedalling efficiency is a wonderful tonic to today’s connected world.

Is operational consulting still relevant in the digital world?

Last year I left a large-scale systems integrator to take up the role of UK Managing Director for Proudfoot, an Operational Consulting firm, with a proud 75 year history. Before moving, I thought long and hard about the relevance of operational consulting in the digital world, after all isn’t so much of what we now do influenced by technology? 

Brexit: Plot me a course, Navigator

Feb 20, 2017  |  Duncan Manuel  |  change, change management, Brexit | 0 Comments

Don’t tell me I’m getting it wrong

I read a lot of material on sites such as LinkedIn that start with the premise that we leaders are getting it wrong. We are not focused on the right things. We are not having the right conversations. Our business processes are not fit for purpose. We are not managing our people in the right way. 

Beyond waste removal and cost reduction - three key elements of Proudfoot’s redefined Lean

Yes, we agree that Lean, Six-Sigma and TQM have served the industry well.

For decades, these approaches have helped companies save millions. But in order to succeed in the decades to come, a new approach is needed to meet the new challenge – sustainable growth. For many, growth has been a top priority, yet this core driver is typically not part of the mix in traditional lean thinking.

Global Cement Magazine on operational transformation in the global cement industry

Producers, whether big or small, are trying to become leaner. Angus Maclean, VP at Proudfoot, explains how cement producers achieve cost reductions of 5 USD/ton.

Manufacturing: What your C-suite peers are doing to tackle their top 5 challenges

Around the world, Proudfoot executives engage weekly with leading Chief Executives to share views on challenges impacting their business.

We collect and analyze this data for firsthand insight into business conditions companies are currently experiencing, and the approaches and initiatives they are pursuing as they respond to these conditions.

Automotive: What your C-suite peers are doing to tackle their top 5 challenges

Around the world, Proudfoot executives engage weekly with leading Chief Executives to share views on challenges impacting their business.

We collect and analyze this data for firsthand insight into business conditions companies are currently experiencing, and the approaches and initiatives they are pursuing as they respond to these conditions.

Consumer Goods: What your C-suite peers are doing to tackle their top 5 challenges


Around the world, Proudfoot executives engage weekly with leading Chief Executives to share views on challenges impacting their business.

We collect and analyze this data for firsthand insight into business conditions companies are currently experiencing, and the approaches and initiatives they are pursuing as they respond to these conditions.

Falling into the trap of initiative overload

Aug 01, 2016  |  Branco Kuznar  |  initiatives | 0 Comments

Initiative overload is common in nearly every organization. Today, companies always seem to be juggling a multitude of projects simultaneously. And while each of these projects surely had the best of intentions, as more projects are added the more likely they are to be dropped. For every new initiative launched, another one slows down or ceases altogether.

Mitigating the inherent risks of a global talent shortage

May 24, 2016  |  Mark Gravett  |  risk, behavior, talent | 0 Comments

With stagnant demand across many developed economies and increasing uncertainty in emerging markets, CEOs are under pressure to execute an effective growth strategy.

Improving G&A performance

With so many moving parts, it can be challenging to get G&A functions in synch. Indirect costs — those not directly linked to operations — are not normally addressed with the same discipline and rigor as direct costs.

Alexander Proudfoot celebrates 70th year in business

Feb 25, 2016  |  Mark Gravett  |  3 Comments

Today signifies a major milestone in Alexander Proudfoot's storied history -- it marks the 70-year anniversary of the company's existence.

Our resolution for 2016: to deliver even more value to our clients

Let's face it, 2016 doesn't look any easier. With the stock market in turmoil and oil prices plummeting, it is safe to assume global CEOs in almost every industry will face a daunting combination of external fiscal pressures, competitive forces, misguided strategies, ineffective business plans and lackluster improvement efforts. In the aftermath of this perfect storm, companies will struggle to reach their goals. 

Do you have what it takes to inspire change?

Dec 03, 2015  |  Mark Gravett  |  leadership | 0 Comments

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Results from our organization assessment survey show a downward trend in the effectiveness of self-driven corporate change programs, internal training and general management capabilities. Upon further investigation of the 5,171 global responses we received from both managers and employees, it became apparent that the root cause was the inability to institutionalize behaviors that would bring about lasting change.

Setting the wheels of change in motion

Nov 23, 2015  |  Branco Kuznar  |  advisors, CEO, people, leadership, change | 0 Comments

As the old saying goes, the only constant in business is change. Inevitably, all organizations will at some point need to evolve by implementing a more structured and radical change program. There are several reasons for this including increased competition, lack of stakeholder confidence, reputation of the business at stake and technological advances.

Taking steps to minimize risk

Nov 06, 2015  |  Mark Gravett  |  risk, CEO, risk management, crisis | 0 Comments

In the aftermath of a high-profile corporate crisis, it is a foregone conclusion that chief executives must respond quickly to avoid further backlash. However, according to the HBR article Strategy: How to Live with Risks, a recent survey shows 60% of corporate strategy officers said that their company's decision-making process is too slow and that 91% of these companies plan to reprioritize risk management in the next three years. So what can senior executives do to prepare, or better yet avoid a highly combustible situation?

The correlation between leadership and productivity

According to The Economist, if there is a harsh lesson to be learned from China’s recent panic it’s that the rest of the world needs to raise its level of productivity. Long gone are the days where relentless Chinese expansion could be relied upon to keep the global economy moving, and despite external factors that promote robust productivity growth, companies continue to lose ground. If tackling productivity at the microeconomic level is the key to unlocking a nation’s true potential, then business leaders must be part of the solution.

We must stop meeting like this!

Oct 15, 2015  |  Mark Gravett  |  behavior, productivity | 0 Comments

It is estimated that meetings consume more than two days a week of an executive’s time and 15% of an organization’s collective time. It's no wonder many executives are exclaiming, "We must stop meeting like this!" to their supervisory and management teams.