Established 1977

Our mission is to enable our utility clients to improve performance results by adapting the best practices of world-class companies.

"It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers."  ~James Thurber

"You cannot get answers to questions you never ask."  ~ Ron Doades

"We help you ask the right best-practices questions."              ~Ron Doades         

RDC News

We are currently planning three best-practices initiatives:

Getting to the Heart of Sustainable Driver Safety—Fall 2017

Many myths surround the efficacy of such driver safety-improvement sources as culture, behavior modification, leadership, role modeling and training programs (of all sorts). What approaches and supporting practices have achieved the best long-lasting results at world-class, non-utility driver-safety leaders? This best-practices initiative will help you discover the answer to that and related questions through a confidential e-survey of ten leading companies.

Making R&D Expenditures Worth the Money—Winter 2017-2018

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.

Making Disaster Recovery and Restoration a Prudent Life-Saving Investment—Spring 2018

Many utilities seem highly risk-aversive when it comes to such areas as investments in nuclear generation, but less so when it comes to other potential forms of physical disasters. How do leading non-utilities incorporate risk-management approaches and practices into preparing for potential disaster recovery and restoration? The answer to that question and related ones is the objective of this confidential e-survey of ten of those leading companies.

Contact Ron Doades for more details on any of these planned best-practices initiatives: rdoades@doadesco.com


Ron's new book - Realizing You: A Novel Approach to Changing Your Life

"Ron Doades and Susan Sloate [are] paving the way for a new breed of 'self-help fiction' with their novel Realizing You... The different perspectives of five protagonists make for a vivid read... Realizing You is, ultimately, the best format for absorbing hard lessons in self transformation."

--D. Donovan, Senior eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review



SnapShot Best-Practices

Our SnapShot™ best-practices method has been helping our clients effectively address immediate, pressing challenges by adapting proven best-practices solutions of leading industrial companies. This proprietary method consists of specially designed e-surveys and phone interviews with companies that demonstrate success in the particular area of investigation. Clients have achieved significant improvements in such areas as reducing inventories, funding of safety activities, and establishing dual career paths for technical employees.    

 

 

"We want to optimize workforce performance, not minimize the number of performers."

Plant Manager, MillerCoors

"Working with Ron Doades on best practices is itself a best practice." 

- Senior Vice President of a Large Midwestern Utility

 


Safety Management Workshop: 

Making Safety Behavior a Positive Personal Imperative-Not a Cumbersome Job Requirement

This combination one-day best-practices workshop at your facility and two individual webinars with best-in-class companies will help people at all levels of your company to better understand the personal and business commitments for safe and healthy behavior.  Please contact Ron Doades at rdoades@doadesco.com for more information about this high-impact safety workshop.


"Our safety workshop with Ron Doades left everyone in the room-from vice president to assistant general foremen-with a much better understanding of what each can do individually to heighten safety awareness in their work areas on a daily basis, and with a high-level plan for improving safety performance. A lot of value for one day."

- Senior Vice President, CPS Energy


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