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Leonardo Helicopters: Getting ready to win new business by setting a course for transformation

Leonardo Helicopters in the UK design and build some of the world's most advanced military and search & rescue helicopters. They're looking to develop their business in established and emerging markets. And that means getting everything from engineering and supply chain to costs and procurement into the best possible shape.

To prepare for a two-year transformation programme, we've helped the UK business be clear about what they want to achieve, and how.

We started by running focus groups with people from all parts of the business. We asked them how they felt about it, where they thought it could go and what it would take to get there.

Using the results, we helped the leadership team come together around a vision for the transformation. It's called #OurChangeOurFuture and based on Leonardo being the business that customers choose to work with and employees choose to work for. And that means building a culture that looks for continuous improvement, focuses on customers and celebrates success, with everyone taking responsibility for delivering on commitments.

We also helped the leadership team set a great example by working and behaving differently, for instance in how they overcome obstacles to success.

The work led to a launch event for around 80 senior people. That gave them the chance to hear about the #OurChangeOurFuture programme and also discuss their role in making it happen. The day left Leonardo's UK staff equipped to run such events with their own teams – and within around a month, 600 people had already participated in similar sessions as part of a business wide engagement programme. The work has laid the foundations for Leonardo to achieve its ambitions for the future.

"PA brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and new ways of thinking to the team here in Yeovil.

They worked with us to achieve the objectives on time and not just a tick in the box approach, but adding real value. They've helped us take an enormous step forward in the way we engage with our teams and opened my mind up to new ways of approaching and driving change."

Nuala Griffin,
Head of Transformation Programme,
Leonardo Helicopters UK

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