Turnaround in Indiana (Oct 1999/2000)

In October 1999 I arrived at a desperate situation in Marion, Indiana.  An ageing, unloved, failing factory.  25% of the workforce were laid off on my first day.  I met the Plant Lead and the Unions together.  Told them the turnaround process and kept to my promises.  It thrived.  Enthusiasm returned, as did the 25%. ... Read More

Does our plan make sense? (August 2017)

One of the most frequent issues that I advise up on is whether or not a plan of change for a business makes sense. This article considers the assessment of plans and how businesses can test their veracity. Does our plan make sense

Successful acquisitions and mergers (July 2017)

Acquisitions and mergers involve much excitement, a lot of adrenalin, high emotions and tremendous opportunities: Opportunities to create value and to destroy it.  They are rarely friendly transactions, at least at the end. Egos and rose-tinted glasses can prove to be major risks that can lead to serious issues down-stream. Directors, financiers and advisors involved... Read More

Stabilising performance (Dec 2016)

This short paper on stabilising performance reflects on the often difficult situation that can exist in a failing business.  The skills required to effect a positive intervention are described.  It distils the experience of three decades of business turn-around work into a few key aspects.  It focuses on the improvement of performance using fact based management operated... Read More

Restructuring (Jan 2017)

This paper describes the process that a business goes through when undertaking a restructuring.  It is hoped that Executives who are considering, are on the brink of, or are implementing a restructuring will find it useful.  It is based on the author’s many and various experiences of the process.  It provides some suggestions for the content... Read More

Developing an improvement capability (March 2017)

This paper capture Bill’s experiences of creating improvement teams and corporate improvement capabilities.   This is a “must read” for Executives who are wrestling with lethargic improvements or who are facing a major change in their business that they want to address affordably. Developing internal capabilities focused on business improvement leads to change programmes that are based on... Read More

Creating a change programme (April 2017)

This paper provides a practical guidance on some of the critical aspects of launching and designing a change programme.  Bill has created many different programmes of change over his career. This paper reflects on them and provides tips and advice in their design, mobilisation and progression. Creating a change programme April 2017  

Involving everyone (May 2017)

True transformation affects all employees.  No one’s daily work life should remain the same.  People have to be involved to different degrees and in different ways.  But how to achieve this ?  Bill describes his practical experience. A must read for any senior manager that is frustrated with the pace of change in an organisation where... Read More