Making Sustainable Driver Safety a Living Reality—Winter-Spring 2018
All companies aspire to this reality, but very few are able to achieve it. What lessons can be learned from those few world-class safety-performing companies?
This is the primary question we will be seeking to answer in our planned best-practices initiative.
Funding Real R&D Value--Spring 2018
Most utility R&D executives lament the fact that their company spends less than two-tenths of one percent of annual revenue on R&D. Many non-utilities spend up to 7% of annual revenue on R&D. The primary difference is the significant expenditures on product development at those competitive-world companies. From a utility perspective, the key (long unanswered) question is: How much do leading non-utility companies spend on non-product development R&D? The answer to that question can be very helpful to those utility executives in making the case for greater R&D spending. This key question and related ones (e.g., outcome measures) will be the subject of this confidential R&D best-practices initiative.
Managing Your Unique Disaster Risks—Summer 2018
Some utilities experience great unforseen challenges in responding to environmental disasters (hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, fires, etc). Why is this so? The apparent answer is: each utility has a unique operating environment accompanied by unique disaster and hazard risks. Existing emergency management plans and procedures, while comprehensive, are often generically based, focusing more on the common features across many companies, while failing to adequately incorporate the uniqueness of the particular utility situation (e.g. culture, environmental factors, decision-making processes, leadership styles, accessibility to supplemental response resources...) This initiative will seek to learn how leading nonutilities are able to successfully manage a wide range of unique disaster situations.
Contact Ron Doades for more details on any of these planned best-practices initiatives: firstname.lastname@example.org
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