John de Wardt provided us with a straight forward, hard driving, no nonsense approach to strategic planning that is still helping us define and achieve new business goals.
We have seen significant improvements in results and have adopted the principles in our planning and operations efforts.
John’s emphasis on rigorous planning has resulted in tangible and measurable results in the area of drilling and completing wells. A true step-change.
...substantial improvement in product delivery and resultant reductions of inventory. The catalyst for these new processes was the Strategic Planning workshop lead by John de Wardt.
His insight into the oil and gas industry is invaluable, and his knowledge of best practice in manufacturing has added measurable value to several of our investments.
His recent corporate strategy development work resulted in a set of strategic initiatives that are already beginning to deliver value only a few months into their implementation.
National Oilwell mergers are a success
John de Wardt has assisted National Oilwell on numerous occasions from 1996. These interventions have included the use of scenario planning to develop an engineering organization that was able to successfully meet the challenges of the future, the use of business modeling to align new acquisitions with the exiting organization, evaluations of project management methods for large rig projects, analysis of growth into new areas and recommendations on organization alignment to customer needs. National Oilwell's revenues have grown from $ 85 million in 1995 to over $ 1.5 billion. During this period the company has bought and successful merged many companies as well as developed new technologies for the oilfield.
Weatherford jumps to the big league
In 1997, Weatherford International commissioned John de Wardt to undertake worldwide interviews of company personnel in all divisions and incorporate these results into his strategy development program. A six day workshop that included 110 participants developed many initiatives designed to reach the challenge made by the CEO - double revenues profitable with in 5 years. These initiatives were detailed out by teams after the workshop and summed up to show that a course could be followed to grow the company from $500 million to $ 1 billion. Simultaneously, the workshop group foresaw the significant mergers that could occur in the oil service industry that prompted Weatherford to accept a merger offer from Enterra and maintain itself in the big league. John has continued to support Weatherford in a number of strategic planning areas relating to new growth businesses: intervention services, under balanced services and expandable services.