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The latest in operational and digital transformation through people.

   

Struggling to find rail talent in a tough labor market? Get productive first.

Across the rail industry, shortages in skilled labor and gaps in knowledge management are beginning to affect operations, meaning organizations across the sector are left to navigate structural challenges with respect to safety, operations, morale, and profits.  How can you combat these industry-wide trends, improve throughput, and build a culture of efficiency and continuous improvement without adding any resources? It all starts with your people, the front-line workers, supervisors, and folks on the ground where the work gets done.

Tough time finding aerospace technicians?  Get more productive first

Over the last decade, the aviation industry has experienced unprecedented growth, leading to major shifts and changes in the way the market has functioned and will function going forward.  Since the end of the downturn almost a decade ago, Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPKs), a common measure of airline performance, has averaged year-on-year growth of over 6% (source:  IATA). This growth has been a boon for airlines and is indicative of the overall strength of the global economy.  However, with growth comes challenges.  One of the most pressing of these challenges for airlines, and adjacent maintenance organizations, is the ongoing struggle to meet labor requirements. 

6 Considerations for Safer Operations

When companies prioritize safe, healthy operations, they enable their people to bring their best to work.  

Accelerating Growth Video Series: Successful Contractor Management

Last year, Proudfoot worked with five of the top mining construction companies worldwide. Jon Wylie, President of Global Natural Resources at Proudfoot, and Paul Batten, Vice President of Operations, share insight into the processes that lead to successful contractor management – from contract to performance measurement systems to project completion -- on large-scale, complex projects in this brief informative video.

Accelerating Growth Video Series: Length of Engagement

What if you could make significant headway on your most pressing goals, delivering tomorrow’s results, today? With Proudfoot, you can. Jon Wylie, President of Global Natural Resources at Proudfoot, and Paul Batten, Vice President of Operations, discuss the benefits and flexibility of both short- and long-term engagements, including a project that started as a 6-month engagement and expanded to a 2-year engagement, ultimately bringing in over $184 million in annualized benefits for the client. At Proudfoot, we take pride in providing measurable financial benefits to our clients.

Accelerating Growth Video Series: Working With Mining Companies

Proudfoot has a long history of working with top global mining companies on some of the most interesting and challenging developments in the world. We’ve learned a few things in our 73 years of putting our boots on the ground, including how to quickly and thoroughly assess complex operations and provide specific, measurable, actionable solutions. Jon Wylie, President of Global Natural Resources at Proudfoot, and Paul Batten, Vice President of Operations, discuss our work in this brief engaging video.

Accelerating Growth Video Series: Safe Operations

What if you could develop an ambitious new project safely, on time and on budget? With Proudfoot, you can. Jon Wylie, President of Global Natural Resources at Proudfoot, and Paul Batten, Vice President of Operations, discuss the three key priorities that create an aligned, sustainable, safe operations environment.

Accelerating Growth Video Series: Risk, Safety & Productivity

Jon Wylie, President of Global Natural Resources at Proudfoot, and Paul Batten, Vice President of Operations, discuss keeping risk out of projects by having a plan, and working the plan. When safety improves, productivity improves as well. Find out more in this brief, informative video.

Accelerating Growth Video Series: Boots On the Ground

Jon Wylie, President of Global Natural Resources at Proudfoot, and Paul Batten, Vice President of Operations, discuss Proudfoot’s unique “boots on the ground” approach, which allows us to become intimately familiar with our clients’ operations at every level, from the C-suite to the front lines, and how that approach equips us to better serve our clients. Learn more in this brief informative video:

Accelerating Growth Video Series: Integrated Planning Process

Jon Wylie, President of Global Natural Resources at Proudfoot, and Paul Batten, Vice President of Operations, discuss how Proudfoot applies over seven decades of expertise to create innovative, effective solutions for our clients. How did the manufacturing sector inspire a custom product for a mining client? Learn more in this brief informative video:

Accelerating Growth Video Series: Social License & Sustainability

Jon Wylie, President of Global Natural Resources at Proudfoot, and Paul Batten, Vice President of Operations, discuss social license to operate and sustainability in this brief informative video. Are you prepared for the future of mining?

 

Accelerating Growth Video Series: Large Scale Capital Projects

Jon Wylie, President of Global Natural Resources at Proudfoot, and Paul Batten, Vice President of Operations, discuss how to effectively and safely accelerate growth in large scale capital projects. Do you have organization-wide alignment? Are your people leading at all levels? Is your leadership approach instructive? Learn how to effectively accelerate growth in these informative videos.

Active Management, Business Intelligence & the Importance of Front Line Managers

As businesses get smarter and operations more efficient, we’ve seen many companies install a wide variety of business intelligence (BI) tools, all meant to improve systemwide performance management.

It's a great trend, and at many of our clients, these tools and techniques are yielding great results. But as teams adjust to these smarter ways of working, senior management often becomes over-reliant on their tools, leading to a self-perpetuating system that works only for the sake of providing insights to senior managers. Insight is important, of course, but helping the people who turn the wrenches achieve their targeted results is always the ultimate goal.

Thinking Outside the Box with MRO Methodologies

As the 6-month mark approaches for my time leading the MRO Americas practice at Proudfoot, I wanted to follow up on my previous post outlining some of the key takeaways I’ve gotten from moving out of the aviation industry and back into the consulting world. As a former US Marine Aviator, and with 10 years’ experience at leading aviation MROs, seeing all of the advancements from other maintenance-heavy industries has given me new insights that I’ve been able to share with our Proudfoot clients.

Turning MRO Into a Competitive Advantage

April 15th, an inauspicious day for many, was a great one for me. After 10+ years in the US Marine Corps followed by eight years in the aviation MRO industry, I was given the opportunity to lead Proudfoot’s MRO Practice. I arrived viewing maintenance strategy from 30,000 feet and at 500 knots, and I was certain that I would be bringing “best practice” from the aircraft industry to spread across its “less developed” brethren.

From Stars to Star Makers

Are your front-line leaders enabled to excel in their expanding role?

Supervisors and foremen – your front-line leaders – work day-to-day with their teams developing a detailed understanding of the workplace, its daily challenges, and its opportunities. They ensure teams meet targets and enable those teams to resolve challenges. They make decisions that affect the success of your business.

Tangible Returns: Can Your Consultant Do the Same?

For over 70 years Proudfoot has delivered and tracked significant, real benefits for our clients. We thought all consultants did the same. We were wrong, and now we know why.

What's Your Company's Killer App?

What’s your killer app? HINT: It’s hiding in plain sight. It’s released through a different kind of innovation. And it’s not technology.