Realising efficiency after the Quick Wins are done: A vision for infrastructure in 2017

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In November 2016 at the Highways UK conference, Jim spoke passionately about the future of major projects and infrastructure in the post-Brexit world of uncertainty. There’s no question that infrastructure is a key element of economic recovery and national pride – but project management offices are under ever greater pressure to cut costs and demonstrate value. We say: The Quick Wins are over. There’s nothing left to trim back. And people can’t work any harder, either – like tired doctors and drained pilots, more pressure doesn’t yield a better result. Yet high-performing organisations successfully complete 89% of their projects, while low …

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A2B at the Employee Engagement Awards 2017

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  A2B have become something of a fixture at the annual Employee Engagement Awards. With three pieces of silverware in the trophy cabinet (the relevance of this football related stuff will become apparent shortly), we are delighted to have sponsored this year’s event – and been invited to present one of the awards closest to our hearts: the award for Corporate Social Responsibility. Why the football reference? The awards were held at Wembley! Here are A2B’s Drew and Dan on the terraces…   And here are A2B’s team, clients and friends… A2B Managing Director, Jim Abbatt, was delighted to present …

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Unpick silos with an Unconference

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Cari Hewer   How do you get established teams of experienced people fired up for emerging challenges, unleashing news ideas and working even better together? Well, if you’re happy to try something a little bit ‘out there’ an ‘unconference’ could be all you need. Unconferences are not new (they even have a Wikipedia entry). First introduced in the late 90s in the tech industry, they are gatherings with only a loosely defined structure, allowing discussion topics and relationships between participants the freedom to blossom without being too tethered to a formal direction. In a true unconference, the agenda is put …

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How to not ‘Do engagement to people’

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A2B Excellence’s Jim Abbatt was in action today at the Employee Engagement Alliance’s Best Practice Showcase, in front of over 60 HR and management professionals from the UK’s leading companies. Nobody responds to engagement initiatives that are foisted upon them. So, using our long-running and award-winning work at TfL, Jim presented on “How to not ‘do engagement to people’”. Thank you for all the kind comments and tweets… #EElearning @JimAbbatt from @A2BExcellence on engagement: "back people up so they can make their own changes, then get out the way" — Tom Robinson (@Talent_Tom) March 2, 2016 @JimAbbatt making the audience …

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Team A2B at the Employee Engagement Awards 2016

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Team A2B are ready! A2B sponsor the ‘Best Public Sector Engagement Campaign’ Award A2B’s Jim Abbatt with Matt Loder, Operations Director, KN Network Services Worthy winners, the NHS Business Services Authority A2B’s Drew Barritt and Peter Foy, Head of Transport – Consulting at Lendlease
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Rolling Stock-alypse! A2B Excellence present at Young Rail Pros

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At A2B Excellence, we are over the moon to have been invited back to the Young Rail Professionals meet-up group on 10th September. It’s always a pleasure to present at YRP – the Q&A is bracing and everyone is more than prepared to question the status quo – something we advocate and love! At YRP, we’re under the spotlight of some of the brightest brains of tomorrow’s rail industry management. This session was led by A2B stalwarts, Drew Barritt and Cari Hewer, and instead of focusing exclusively on rail industry issues, we looked at broader social challenges in the job market …

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We’re quoted in Fieldfisher’s market audit of SIAM

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At A2B Excellence, we see first hand the new complexities generated by splitting out business activities or procuring incrementally. The “internal market”, focusing on profit-centres, “sticking to the knitting” etc. all promise economies of scale or efficiencies, but can lead to inadvertent complexity. Nowhere is it more apparent than in IT, where multi-sourcing models make sense on paper but can gobble up benefits rapidly with any and every false step. Hence, SIAM – the service integration and management model, which professionalises the business of multi-partner procurement. Top corporate lawyers Fieldfisher have recently published a report on the state of SIAM – …

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A2B Excellence sponsors UK Employee Engagement Awards, 2015

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After our double win (2014 UK and 2015 commendation internationally), we are delighted to announce that A2B Excellence will be one of the sponsors of the UK Employee Engagement Awards, 2015. A2B Managing Director Jim Abbatt will also be on the panel of judges. Says Jim, “We are delighted to be involved in this year’s Employee Engagement Awards. As past winners, it’s an honour to continue our association; but, more importantly, to be a part of recognising the great work other companies are doing in valuing the contribution of their people. The workplace is changing fast and talented people have more options than …

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We’re double winners! Engagement Award #2 for A2B Excellence

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The A2B team are very excited to announce another award win. You may already know that we were awarded Public Sector Project of the Year, 2014 at the Employee Engagement Awards for our work with TfL Asset Development. The same project has now received global recognition, receiving the runner-up award in the International Project of the Year category at the International Employee Engagement Awards, 2015; in New York. For us, it’s a testament to our belief that large organisations can make great progress when they factor employees into change planning; it’s also a tribute to the excellent work of the Asset Development team. …

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Meet Cari Hewer, A2B Excellence’s newest recruit…

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Many of you will already have met Cari, the newest on-the-ground consultant at A2B and settling in nicely. Despite having a frighteningly powerful intellect, she makes long meetings feel somehow more tolerable and also brings us a career’s-worth of public sector knowledge. But who, I hear you ask, is the person behind the mighty brain / cheery demeanour? Well, I’m glad you mentioned it…   What are you bringing to the table? You’ve squeezed a lot into a career already… Yup – I’m a lapsed mathematician who somehow found herself in events management, then internal communications and then digital engagement – all the …

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