Beyond the Codes: Repositioning Towards a Sustainable Development


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Beyond the Codes: Repositioning Towards a Sustainable Development

  1. 1. Beyond the Codes: Repositioning Towards a Sustainable Development by Engr. Nimot Muili MSC; MNSE, Civil Infrastructures Engineer Lead Auditor - Quality Management System ISO 9001: 2008 Chairman, Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria, Lagos Chapter (APWEN Lagos)
  3. 3. INTRODUCTIONS & DEFINITION According to International Institute of Sustainable Development, IISD, "SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT in a simple term means development that meets the NEEDS OF THE PRESENT without compromising the ability of FUTURE GENERATIONS to meet their own needs.  NEED - Necessity or Obligation  FUTURE - Time regarded as still to come. Why are these terms important to us as Female Child, Mothers, Wives . . . and Professionals
  4. 4. INTRODUCTIONS & DEFINITION As Professionals we support families (directly & Indirectly) by cooperating with others (Professionals & Non Professionals) to - Earn Wages - Preserve Professional & Traditional knowledge - Maintain Biodiversity, - Ensure Household Food security - and Maintain Nutritional Needs & Balance As engineers and project managers we are involved in one or more of the following project management phases either as Team Leads or Team Member  Initiation  Planning  Execution  Monitoring / Control  Closing
  5. 5. Women are just under half of the general workforce in the various industries . . . Yet the custodian of the future THE NEED TO REPOSITION. . .
  6. 6. REQUIRED KEY FACTORS As professionals, strategy for sustainable development involves bringing existing initiatives closer to an effective strategy, a vision and set of co-coordinated mechanisms and processes to improve their complementarity, smooth out inconsistencies, and fill gaps when needed. These includes : • People-centered: To ensure long-term beneficial impacts on all • Long-term vision with a clear timeframe • Cost / Budgetary priorities: to ensure that plans have the financial resources to achieve the desire objectives • Effective participation. to open up debate to new ideas and sources of information; expose issues that need to be addressed; enable problems, needs and preferences to be expressed; identify the capabilities required to address them; and develop a consensus on the need for action that leads to better implementation. • commitment and influential attitude • Develop and build on existing capacity • Strategize to expand your network
  7. 7. CHALLENGES • Lack of Confidence – sometimes we don't always believe that we have something of value to say or that we deserve to be taken seriously. • Appearance (women tend to be judged far more harshly for wardrobe malfunctions than men), these include * Clothing * Make-up * Composure * Physical appearance - Body Size , Facial Look, Dressing, Hair Style * Voice - A soft or high-pitched voice could be a challenge. As women, we are associated with soft voice naturally which is sometimes associated with timidness or lack of assurance. A soft voice can also make it difficult for the audience to hear, which then makes it challenging for them to stay engaged. • Lack Collaboration / Cooperation (Internal & external)
  8. 8. CHALLENGES One of the major challenges of sustainable development is Ineffective Communication o Information overload – No Assessment & Evaluation o not readily available / Affordability o hard to evaluate o not output-oriented enough o lack the necessary knowledge and skills for strategic communication o Focus on convincing people individually while their social sphere is not analyzed o Communication is an end-of-pipe activity, isolated from the rest of a project o Content and message are secondary and cannot answer “why” or “what” questions o Target Audience Uncategorized o Irrelevancy – unfiltered Information o Inappropriate Medium o Lack of effective Policies, Procedure and / or Technology
  9. 9. BASIC COMMUNICATION COMPONENT The four (4) basic requirements • Sender - Source (where the message originates) • The Message • Transmitter /+ Transmission Medium (device used to transmit the message) • Receiver / Destination - (Medium used to receive the message / will be placed) Sender ReceiverMedium Message
  10. 10. COMMUNICATION CHANNEL To promote good Information Exchange, there is need to establish efficient communication and promote REGULAR FEEDBACK ANALYSIS
  11. 11. FACTS Its no news that the world is now a global village . . . . Yes BUT how well are we connected? How close are We? The fact is that Information and development are like Siamese twins.
  12. 12. FACTS For Nigeria the trend shows that Mobile Communication Channels is common and growing to become the default communication channel. These mobile devices affords the owner the option of VOICE, VIDEO AND DATA communication all in one.
  13. 13. SOLUTIONS • Self-Confidence and assertiveness – This is a long term endeavor. * Visualize yourself feeling confident and recognized, by reading your stakeholders reactions, that you are indeed adding value * Know something about your meeting(s) / projects and take time to be extremely well prepared * anticipate what questions , problems and approach to answering and solving them • Appearance - Focus, Smile, Show Commitment and embracing strategies that will make it happen • Be discipline – Promote What You do & What You Plan to Do Remember - No fine work can be done without concentration and self-sacrifice and toil and doubt. ” — Max Beerbohm
  14. 14. SOLUTION • Leadership – Lead by Action • Collaboration – Show concern • Innovate - to make impact, Efficient, Quality & Affordability • Promote Effective Advocacy Programme • Show Responsibility & Cooperation • Take Up New Challenges - Explore new grounds, Be open to meet new challenges • Access & Evaluate New Technological requirements
  15. 15. SOLUTION Effective Communication should be concise and straight forward, effective & affordable on the go to : • supports effective participation and decision making • Communication is a crucial strategy • Improve management tool • Conflict resolution • management knowledge and information systems • helps balancing top-down and bottom-up approaches • Monitoring & Evaluation of long-term vision • building alliances for goal- and actions • setting priorities • logical consistency in unfolding plans • Powerful elements for strategy • managing activities, budgets and human resources systematically
  16. 16. Summary • Have a strategic plan • Collaborate with others • Be open to new challenges • Establish Effective Communication • Evaluate your targeted audience • Define your challenges - Technological as well as personal • Set realistic expectation - Perfection is achieved with continuous practice • Keep your eye on your set goals • Carry out continuous appraisal
  17. 17. Remember . . . • Said is not yet heard • Heard is not yet understood • Understood is not yet approved • And approved is not yet done All hand must be on deck to achieve a Sustainable Environment . . . It begins with YOU, spread the news. Together we can make it happen
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