Lafarge Cement

A Case Study Combining Team & Strategy Development

SUMMARY


This case study focuses on the programme that has been developed and delivered for Lafarge Cement at Hope Works in Derbyshire. In a series of two-day highly interactive workshops, we used a "storyboard" approach to develop team strategy. Then build the team around it by making a film, set in the future, at the time when the strategic goals have been achieved.

STARTING POINTS

It was important at the outset to recognise that the focus must be on two essential criteria for high-performing Team Engagement:
  • Generating an outcome that is greater than the sum of its parts.
  • Delivering operational effectiveness (running the business) and change capability (transforming the business).
STEPS IN THE PROCESS:
  1. Picturing the future
  2. Describing the current team situation
  3. Understanding the current team situation
  4. Planning "back from the future"
  5. Developing team processes for sustaining team commitment, energy, confidence and competence
  6. Capturing and communicating the message on film
All managers and staff have worked through this process in their teams. Each successive organisational layer of staff had the opportunity of discussing and agreeing its "mandate" from above, so there is a complete "story" from the original vision developed by the Senior Team, through to the activities in each department. Everyone understands "what" is required and "why" it is required.

RESULTS:
  • Excellent feedback on the day and from a survey immediately afterwards.
  • Dramatically improved business results - the Works is achieving its strategic goals a year earlier than was planned in the "story"!
  • Implementation at other Lafarge Works.

To contact us, please telephone on 01865 339558 or email us at: info@wadenhoeconsultancy.com
case studies












The Wadenhoe Consultancy Ltd, Prama House, 267 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7HT
Tel: 01865 339558   Fax: 01865 339301   Email: info@wadenhoeconsultancy.com