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7 Why construction needs to better at caring for its people (with Bob Chapman)
Every Christmas at Relevate, the team shares Secret Santa gifts. And two years ago, one of the team presented CEO Connor Butler with a book called Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power Of Caring For Your People Like Family by Bob Chapman. The book had a powerful impact on Connor, overlapping with a number of themes that had been on his mind since leaving Intel and starting up Relevate. In this episode, recorded earlier in 2022, Connor and Bob speak for the first time in a fascinating exploration of why the concept of caring for people is particularly pertinent in the resource-focused world of construction.
6 The secrets of an outstanding supply chain strategy (with Chris Gravius)
When Connor Butler first visited one of Swagelok’s manufacturing faclities, he was astonished by the pride and enthusiasm of the people on the workfloor. In this fascinating interview with Director of Commercial Strategy Chris Gravius, Connor explores the company’s approach to culture and strategy, and how they ripped up the lean rule book to cope with the global supply chain crisis.
5 What can construction learn from Ireland’s pandemic response? (With Billy Glennon)
Billy Glennon, a Relevate associate and the CEO of Dublin-based VISION Consulting, tells Connor Butler the extraordinary story of what he’s learnt about mobilisation, trust and the supply chain over the past two years. After he and his team of 50+ consultants lost every one of their global projects as lockdown arrived, VISION threw itself into successfully transforming Ireland’s COVID-19 response and vaccine rollout, donating a considerable amount of work and expertise on a voluntary basis. Powerful lessons emerged for Billy, which he believes are essential to navigating the huge uncertainty ahead.
4 How can the construction world crack productivity? (With Ed Powell)
Connor Butler and Ed Powell from Relevate take a deep dive into the big issues around low productivity levels in construction – revealing a stack of solutions and fresh ways of thinking.
3 Making it through the final mile (With Andrew Piland & Nicholas Dimitruk)
Connor Butler from Relevate explores more efficient ways of tackling what is often the toughest part of a construction project – the final mile when materials are stacking up onsite, and delays and confusion can creep in. He’s joined by two men offering innovative insights as to what part of the solution might be – Andrew Piland from Touchplan and Nicholas Dimitruk from Bitrip.
2 Is modular construction the way forward? (With Stephen Malmros)
Connor Butler from Relevate and Stephen Malmros from Malmros Consulting explore whether modular construction offers a solution to the current labor and supply chain crisis.