Workshops & Seminar Case Studies
Boral Resources - NSW Concrete, Bricks and Pavers Division
Business Unit Managers Successfully Leading Change
Boral is an international building and construction materials group, with its headquarters in Sydney, Australia. With some A$4.3 billion worth of sales, Boral had 8,334 full-time equivalent employees working across over 550 operating sites as at 30 June 2016.
The General Manager of Boral Resources was restructuring his business to ensure greater efficiencies by removing administration resources from each Business Unit Manager and creating two regional administration hubs. This change would present the Business Unit Managers with a new challenge that they needed to respond to rapidly.
Case For Action
The organisational restructure was taking place at the same time as a demand for higher production levels were being asked for. Those higher production levels were at risk if the organisational change was not owned and driven by the Business Unit Managers. There also needed to be stronger networking and support between the Business Unit Managers and shared common leadership language and views across the business to support the change effort.
Engagement Coaching Workshop
This workshop is designed to both develop the leadership skills of managers and improve team dynamics through introducing them to a common view and language of leadership that facilitates conversations that elevate performance.
The workshop consists of a two-day workshop and four, one hour coaching sessions for each participant. The first session of the coaching prepares the participant to get the most value from the workshop and discusses personal development objectives that are of sufficient importance to motivate them to participate effectively. The following three sessions follow the two-day workshop to support the participants in implementing the learnings from the workshop.
The purpose of the Boral workshop was to provide the team with a foundation of simple but powerful concepts that would leave them engaged with operating responsibly and with integrity, sharing their knowledge and experience, communicating effectively with each other and their agencies and supporting each other in dealing with the challenges they faced day by day.
In this workshop, the individuals had an opportunity to raise their awareness of what drives their behaviour and the behaviour of others by:
- Exploring how their view of the world impacts their ability to lead effectively.
- Understanding the constraint their existing comfort zone imposes on their leadership and how to expand their comfort zone.
- Gaining a deeper understanding of accountability, responsibility and integrity at a personal and team level.
An additional $1.4M of revenue was achieved directly from people’s participation in the workshop.
Note: Sometime after this workshop Boral Resources underwent another restructure and the General Manager reported to Hewsons that the Managers who went through this workshop stood out for their resilience and the way they lead others through yet another change.
The percentages below represent the average of the 11 people who participated in the workshop. The rating scale below was Excellent, Good, Neutral, Poor, Very Poor.
- 73% of participants rated this as Excellent and 27% of participants rated this as Good.
- 45% of participants rated this as Excellent and 55% of participants rated this as Good.
- Overall average score was 8.7 out of 10.
All 11 participants said they see the programme being valuable for the development of managers in Boral.