Transforming Leadership Through Strategic Advice: A Bowhill Engineering Case Study

Bowhill Engineering, a South Australian family-owned and operated business, has been a cornerstone in the Australian heavy and complex structural steel fabrication industry since the early 1970s. Starting as a small rural machinery maintenance, repair, and modification workshop, Bowhill Engineering has evolved into a specialist in its field, servicing a diverse range of industries including mining, water, defence, and commercial building.

The company prides itself on its commitment to its clients and its core values, which has seen it expand its services nationwide. Despite its growth and involvement in some of Australia’s most significant and complex projects, Bowhill Engineering remains a proudly family-run business and continues to value its services to the local community.

In this case study, we will delve into how Bowhill Engineering, with its impressive growth and commitment to quality, has navigated the challenges of attracting and retaining the right talent in its business. We will explore how strategic advice from Business Growth Mindset has played a pivotal role in enhancing Bowhill Engineering’s operations and overall business success.


Bowhill Engineering, despite its success and growth, faced significant internal challenges that were hindering its potential. The owners, Jeremy and Jodie Hawkes, identified a lack of understanding and clarity in their roles and responsibilities within the company. This confusion extended to the broader leadership team, leading to inefficiencies and a lack of synergy in their operations.

Moreover, strategic planning, a crucial aspect of any business, was shouldered primarily by Jodie. This not only created an imbalance in workload but also limited the potential for diverse input and collaborative decision-making. The company was in need of a solution that could streamline their internal operations and foster a more cohesive and effective leadership team.


To address these challenges, Bowhill Engineering sought the strategic advice and support of Business Growth Mindset. With Kristian Livolsi’s guidance, they embarked on a journey to redefine their roles and responsibilities, ensuring a clear understanding among the leadership team.

The strategic planning process, previously a task shouldered by Jodie alone, was transformed into a collective responsibility of the leadership team. This change not only spread the workload but also fostered a sense of shared ownership and commitment towards the company’s goals.

Through these changes, Bowhill Engineering was able to create a more cohesive and effective leadership team, setting the stage for continued growth and success.


This case study of Bowhill Engineering serves as a powerful example of how strategic advice and support can transform internal operations and foster a more effective leadership team. Despite being a successful and growing company, Bowhill Engineering faced challenges that are common in many businesses – a lack of clarity in roles and an imbalance in strategic planning responsibilities.

By seeking external strategic advice from Business Growth Mindset, Bowhill Engineering was able to redefine roles, spread strategic planning responsibilities across the leadership team, and foster a sense of shared ownership towards the company’s goals. This not only improved operational efficiency but also enhanced the company’s capacity for growth and success.

The implications of this case study extend beyond Bowhill Engineering and the heavy and complex structural steel fabrication industry. Businesses across all sectors can face similar challenges as they grow and evolve. The solution implemented by Bowhill Engineering – seeking external strategic advice and fostering shared ownership of strategic planning – could be applied in a variety of business contexts.

In conclusion, the journey of Bowhill Engineering underscores the importance of continuous learning and adaptation in business. It highlights the value of strategic advice in overcoming internal challenges and unlocking a business’s full potential. It serves as a reminder that even successful businesses can benefit from external perspectives and that the path to growth and success involves not just individual effort, but collective action and shared ownership.

You can watch what Jodie, Jeremy and other clients say about Kristian here on YouTube.

We work with highly driven top performers to create meaningful change that impact their business and life through mastering a growth mindset and implementing systems and processes that support scaling.

Kristian Livolsi | Business Growth Mindset


Schedule your FREE discovery call to learn about all the ways the business growth mindset team can help you and your business.