The ensuing company culture that has evolved is no doubt a big part of Porter Davis’ ongoing success. Regular ‘One Tribe’ staff development sessions, designed to inform, inspire and celebrate its people, are held each year and the company tagline ‘respect the dream’ is heavily imbedded in the business’ daily functions. It’s why when a continuous improvement (CI) program was introduced, which set up different levels of accreditation, staff were enthusiastically on board for the experience.
‘What has really impressed me is the number of people who have become engaged, it’s just been fantastic,’ Adrian explains. ‘What that tells me is that there was an appetite for it. Three years later hundreds of staff are CI-accredited… [they’re] now part of the solution rather than identifying the problem.’
Going from strength to strength, it’s not surprising then that Porter Davis took out the 2019 HIA Australian Major Builder award (partnered by Companion Systems). The 12-time major builder winner in Victoria has now also won the national title six times.
Adrian says the awards have been instrumental in increasing the business’ brand reputation and the company relishes the opportunity to compete against its peers.
‘I’ve always believed in external recognition; it sends a powerful message into the organisation and into the marketplace,’ he says. ‘Awards help our people feel proud about being a part of the tribe and they help our customers feel good about deciding to build with us.
‘It’s also good business discipline to go to the trouble, time and effort to document and bring to life what the organisation has done and plans to do. We really value the opportunity to go through that process, pitch our best ball and see if we’re the best in that year at pitching. It gets our competitive juices going, and it’s nice to win,’ he laughs.