Dragados at EE Awards

Fourth Employee Engagement Award shortlisting for A2B!

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We’re delighted to announce that, for the fourth time, an A2B Excellence client has been shortlisted for an Employee Engagement Award – a powerful endorsement of A2B methodologies. You may remember that we had three nominations and two wins between 2014 and 2017 with our projects for TfL. We took a break in 2018 (nobody’s perfect…) but we’re very pleased to have made the grade for the judges in January 2019, this time for our work with Dragados. Spanish conglomerate Dragados is one of Europe’s largest infrastructure and Special Projects delivery firms; with a footprint across the globe – but …

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Time to talk Teamwork

Time to talk teamwork!

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If you love football, you will have been on the edge of your seat for the past two weeks. If you don’t love football, please don’t click somewhere else just yet. Yes, this post is going to be full of footie metaphors, but you need to know something: the 2018 World Cup has so far been about so much more than jingoism and partisanship. In an extraordinary game between Belgium and Japan, we saw professionalism and sportsmanship of the highest order. The Japanese also famously cleaned up their own locker room despite an agonising last-minute defeat. England manager Gareth Southgate …

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Which way now for rail?

Which way now for rail?

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We’ve lived the first week of new timetables across the rail network, so how’s that going for the industry? Not as well as we might have expected. Monday’s complaints from hard-pressed commuters included “New timetable and a packed train just cancelled as no driver in London to take over. Triumph of Thameslink.” According to the Guardian, “Throughout the day, between half and a third of timetabled trains across the new enlarged network were being cancelled.” And it might not have been ideal for Go-Ahead to report healthy profits in the same week, either… But before we poke GTR (an A2B Excellence client) with a stick, let’s …

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Tick TOC

Tick-TOC: Times are changing for train operating companies

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Nobody said it was easy being a ToC. Consumers hate them, yet ToCs are at the mercy of government (and neither side of the political spectrum has managed to structure the ideal system), their advisors from the big consultancy firms, and all sorts of unpredictable socio-economic changes. We’ve been lucky enough to work with a TOC recently, and a few very simple things have become apparent. First, no matter what happens, TOCs are under pressure from dramatically competing priorities, which will not be resolved anytime soon: Short term: Quarterly earnings reports and market pressure Mid-term: The franchise bidding cycle Long-term: …

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Let your team do what they do best

Let your team do what they do best

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I recently read a superb CIPD blog, whose authors took the rare step of recognising that the natural talents of employees are an exceptional resource. I couldn’t agree more: we have always said that our business existed to “leverage the latent talent in employees for a happier and more productive workforce”. The blog continues by helping leaders to identify what high performance in their organisation might look like, and how to win as a strengths-based organisation. But isn’t this patently obvious? Couldn’t a two-year-old tell you that people who use their natural talents are likely to be happier in their …

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Infrastructure

Don’t bank on an infrastructure boom – it’s time to work smarter

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Infrastructure is back on the agenda in a big way in the US. There are two good reasons why. First, the current incumbent of the White House has put infrastructure spending at the top of the agenda (well, first after immigration and healthcare reform…); because in a hat-tip to Roosevelt’s pump priming-policies, massive investment infrastructure not only creates jobs (especially Trump’s homespun blue-collar jobs for American people narrative), it also repays dividends in community benefit and long-term regeneration. Second, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has just released its Infrastructure Report Card – a simple assessment of the state …

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Sideways 6

Partnership with Sideways 6: Engagement in the palm of your hand

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Here at A2B Excellence, we haven’t stopped banging on about employee engagement for at least four years. We’ve won awards, we’ve changed large organisations and positively affected their futures and outcomes. But as employee engagement has become a buzzword in its own right, it’s easy to forget exactly what it looks like on the ground. So let’s revisit. Long before the term became commonplace, we used to say something fundamental which has become a part of the soul of our business: “The greatest overall improvements in output and efficiency today won’t come from shaving costs, the upheaval of endless reorganisations …

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Brexit for Infrastructure: Strong Leadership Required

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So the people of Britain have pushed the nuclear button on our relationship with Europe. As the analysts (and financial tipsters) pick their jaws up off the floor, let’s examine the effect on the major infrastructure and construction industries. The chances of a Scottish block or a second referendum for England are extremely low, but there’s a big difference between complete disengagement and an arms-length relationship. There is therefore plenty of uncertainty: Right to play: Our right to bid to participate in projects depends on the nature of our new relationship. If we remain in the EEA and still play …

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EE Award 2016 Finalist

Three years, three nominations – we’ve done it again!

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A2B Excellence are over the moon to announce that our client, Transport for London’s Four Lines Modernisation programme (4LM), has been declared a finalist in the 2016 global Employee Engagement Awards (International Category). 4LM is a huge project – including the world’s largest signalling programme; and features over 2500 team members on three continents spread across multiple main partners and delivery subcontractors. It’s a great example of the sort of structure which is prevalent in complex projects, and where engagement efforts can yield exceptional results in motivation, productivity and outputs. The 4LM management team’s commitment has led to independently verified improvements in …

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Getting Employee Engagement on the C-Suite Agenda

Getting Employee Engagement on the C-Suite agenda

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Here’s an interesting article from Jon Tudor, reporting on an employee engagement event he recently ran. To summarise, the headline comment from his delegates was: “I wish my board was here, they need to learn and understand this”. Why don’t board-level managers seem to take an interest in employee engagement? After all, they take plenty of interest in change management and transformational programmes. How can employee engagement rise up the agenda? Here are some thoughts on the problem, and some possible solutions: Engagement is a new discipline, and sometimes nobody owns it. A few forward-thinking tech businesses have Chief Engagement Officers, but they’re …

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