John is a Chartered Engineer with multiple accreditation. His experience in the world of engineering enabled him to carve out an extremely successful career in lean management and sustainability. Through these initiatives he cultivated broader expertise in organizational change and as a Certified Professional Coach.
In 2017, John was appointed to lead the Change Management course on the Maastricht-Suffolk Executive MBA Programme, for which he received universal praise from our students. His extensive industrial experience lent empirical colour to his command of the theoretical materials, while his pedagogical style was accessible, amiable and thoroughly engaging. John comes highly recommended.
Maastricht-Suffolk Executive MBA Programme Leader – PhD Programme Coordinator
I have known John for more than five years, and consider him a good friend and trusted mentor. I have personally observed his technical skills in Chemical Engineering and in Lean Production and also his coaching and interpersonal skill in leading groups to consensus on controversial topics.
I began to work with John in Germany and in Russia in 2010 when we were consultants on Lean Manufacturing programs. Although language could have been a significant barrier, John was able to work very effectively through the translators to understand the client’s perspectives and to make his viewpoints understood. His easy-going style and sense of humor enabled him to challenge strongly-held beliefs and opinions in a very non-confrontational manner. The clients quickly came to respect his knowledge and his guidance.
I had the pleasure of reconnecting with John on an assignment in the Ukraine in 2012, witnessing these same capabilities in action again. Both of these experiences were on extensive Lean initiatives and in each case John demonstrated what a skillful Lean practitioner he is. His approach is hands-on, action-oriented Lean, not some textbook or theoretical version.
His understanding of chemical engineering is impressive. I have seen him defuse technical arguments by explaining chemical principles in such a clear, logical fashion that the client was able to see the errors in his prior positions.
Having great technical knowledge and skill is useful only if you can present it in a way that it will be readily accepted rather than resisted, John always seems to find a way to do that.
Whether a challenge involves chemical engineering technology, project management, Lean concepts, or coaching and facilitating, I’d never hesitate to recommend John.
Peter l King
President and Principal Consultant
I first met John back in 2010 in my capacity as Maintenance & Reliability Champion for the Production System at Sibur Moscow. I found John’s approach professional and engaging with a strong knowledge of all aspects of “Lean” and Process Engineering. He was particularly good at working closely with the team and asking both challenging and provocative questions as a means of building understanding and knowledge transfer with the team.
John led both the Operations Evaluation Team and then the Pilot Implementation Team at the Sibur Voronezneh site, where I was the client champion. John executed his duties swiftly and effectively hitting all the key milestones. John & his team were able to identify Uptime savings leading to significant financial benefit. John was personable and his passion/energy enabled the team to deliver Improvements.
Director. OMS implementation
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Staying Competitive In Changing Environments
A Book By John Cockburn-Evans
It is no longer acceptable to have a static company culture. In order to stay competitive in volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous business environments, company culture needs to evolve in a focused and strategic manner. Despite the number of change management models that exist, implementation is often poor. The solution? An effective coaching programme, whereby leaders and staff are coached at all levels to mitigate against failure.
This practical guide offers advice on how to coach, lead or influence cultural transformations in large organisations. Through behavioural psychology theory, company examples and personal anecdotes from the author, the reader will learn the business imperative for change, potential failure points and why coaching is critical. This book will demonstrate:
- Established change management and cultural transformation models
- The impact of regional and existing company cultures on the success of change programmes
- Examples of inspirational leadership and alternative approaches
- How to overcome resistance to change at an individual and company-wide level
For all coaches and managers who want to support sustainable change, this is essential reading with insights that can immediately be put into practice
“John has cracked the code of successful cultural transformation. His book is a primer that lays out the most business effective roadmap to guide sustainable change.”
―James B. Porter, Jr., Former Vice President, E. I. DuPont and Company