Due to the pandemic it was a bit hectic. Like changing the tyre on a car as it races down a motorway
So we – set up a chapter of Grow Remote and started to run events
added 35 new members to this from a standing start
took part in radio interview
offered many new talks to members on work related matters
-Started to work on new projects in
Both of these are start ups and getting the initial team of the ground with two kick off meetings and a way of working agreed. On to the next step in July!
Closed out two project
One in South Africa where the start up is now running and has the framework to be sustainable. The pandemic is reducing the impact of its on site and face to face work but it has adapted to on line presence in the short term
The other in Spain is now wrapped up and the quality audit there is complete. An interesting interpretation of language appeared and has been sent up the chain for adjudication.
Our basic thoughts on what we need to do are simple. We outline them also here.
Every one needs to continue to learn to develop their skills and abilities. We fundamentally believe that most work will develop some sort of a Project Management structure.
We know that one cannot live completely on work as a holistic life style. Other parts are needed, but are not always possible. We select one in our plans, which is one that we believe will be good for you, your family, and will be good for the planet. This is regenerative gardening. It is easy enough and can be from a few pots, to a back yard, to a 1 acre plot. The principles of regeneration give us a link to our Planet.
So we have adapted the Covey square to fit our needs and to describe the differences we see in our 3 levels on Patreon.
It is pretty self explanatory:
Creator level is the groups full of ideas but not skilled (yet) in developing them or in the skills of PM to be able to do this.
Innovators can have skills in one of the two main attributes, either in developing ideas or in Project management
The Futurists have both sets of skills and are ready to align these with the future they see for themselves and for the world. This is the zone where you have pulled together and are prepared to really back yourself in self employment of senior roles earning senior money!
This is a free opportunity happening now and next weeks. Get an experienced mentor to help you look at your business from a new angle. With Covid-19 damage to business continuing, it is opportune and useful. As we say here in Corporate Ambassadors, if it’s free, it’s for me!
“Diversity and inclusion is not only our society’s biggest challenge, it’s our society’s biggest opportunity. If we figure this out, the economic prosperity that we will all achieve, in the sense of fairness and decency across all of our people in our communities, will be amazing. We can’t solve this by ourselves. … If we come together, and we all solve this issue, we all prosper, and we do the right thing. And from my perspective, this is the biggest opportunity we have to drive even more economic prosperity in our country.” — Tim Ryan, U.S. chairman and senior partner of PwC, in the Three Big Points episode “The CEO’s Problem to Solve”
The excellent organisation held a well attended conference on Rural Ireland and what it can do about climate change in Athlone on May 27, 2019. This is a subject close to our heart and it concerns so much about making a difference and giving back to the community.
A great review of lots of projects underway, lots of understanding of the extent of the problem. a nice presentation by Mr. Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner about what might be available in terms of financial supports down the road.
A very diverse group of attendees and all on the days when the ‘green swing’ in the EU parliament elections were being noticed and new MEP’s were being elected.
One small critique, no great call to action , from the speakers. The organisation itself is calling for a climate summit of all parties in Ireland to try to get behind some common goals. From there plans can be made.
Some key takeaways for us.. Electricity de-carbonisation is not in the hands of the Irish Government but is being managed by EU.
Our main (our being Irish Government and citizens) action zones are in transport and agriculture. That is where the changes must occur.
Ireland is the worst in Europe at de-carbonising its economy. We produce more tonnes of CO2 per head than most of our European colleagues.
Some disturbing thoughts. But we are an inventive people and will find a way to get in front of the pack and lead!
We have read a great deal about this and a recent survey indicates that over 140k people define their work as remote. This seems very large in and Irish context. Further work will be done on this to establish the validity and types of work. A great organisation growremote is working on this with government bodies and are to be commended.
There are some worries on this front too however. Many individuals find that working remote is a bit lonely. They seem to miss the interaction with colleagues and the plain old banter of the world of work. This is helped by joining in and using coworking places. Thankfully these are spreading all over the place. It is critical that employers help support these for the well being of their team members and also for their own sucess .
As usual the idea of remote working is turning into a blend of working at home, working in coworking centres and other facilities and attendance at the central place of work. (If one actually exists!)
The opportunities in this area are growing and changing by leaps and bounds. Increasingly it is being found that open offices, multitudes of meetings, and micromanagement are actually reducing productivity. Present day remote workers are a bit like evangalists and are making new ground. Turst is the key to future success in this area.
Changes in management skills and also in employee skills will be needed to make sure that remote workers are managed well and feel a productive and valuable part of an organisation. That is a two way street. Thankfully there are more and more people reporting about their direct experiences and the good and bad apples in the barrell.
The future of work in the workplace seems to be moving. There will be more automation of routine works. Some evidence based decision making will change too as computers will be able to consider more variables than us poor human brains. We see this in reports of improved early diagnosis of skin cancers by machines rather than by Doctors. So work will change at the basic end and at the high end. ( in terms of perceived value rewarded per hour)
New skills will be needed and we will all need to adapt. But that is what we are good at. So no fears, onwards!