Developing an Integrated Report

Welcome to 2018! Why not celebrate the new year with an entirely new educational technique?

We are about to engage in an in-depth experiential activity. During the next three months, as a group, we will develop an outline of an integrated report for our CSVP program.

Are we facing any risks? Certainly! But don’t worry; we can handle ’em.  🙂

For instance, some individuals engage in experiential learning activities slowly, while others do so quickly. So it is likely that some of us will spend more or less time on our tasks than is prescribed by our standard four hour estimate.

If you experience that situation, please let us know. We’ll do our best to “even out” your time commitment in future months.

Another risk is our employment of a new feature within Box. As you’ll see when you enter our Documents folder and download our assignment entitled 0118 Integrated Report – Experiential Learning 1 of 3, each of us will type our comments into a personal Note Sheet called a Box Note.

It’s a little more sophisticated than the simple Text Sidebar that we’ve been using within Box. Like any other new feature, we’ll need a little time to grow comfortable with it.

Finally, we also face the risk of feeling a wee bit overwhelmed when we embrace the professional standards in their full length and complexity. In order to select a single relevant principle, concept, or metric from the standards of the Global Reporting Initiative, for instance, we’ll need to lightly skim the titles of 37 different PDF documents!

As you can see, some of these risks are conceptual and some are operational. That’s why Maureen will be joining Mike in a more visible manner as we manage our learning activities during the next three months.

If you encounter any difficulties, please let us know immediately. Because of the unusually complex nature of this assignment, we’ll add a week to our customary two week completion period. Thus, we’ll establish a due date of Sunday, February 4th.

We deeply appreciate your continuing support as we venture into this new mode of learning. It’s never easy to embrace change, and yet we do believe that this particular change represents a significant enhancement of our program.

Building An Integrated Report From Scratch

Happy New Year, all! And thank you for completing your attestation statements. Now that we’re moving into the final few months of our program year, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and build ourselves an integrated report … from scratch!

After all, we do need to “talk the talk” and not merely “walk the walk,” don’t we? Then it’s high time that we develop a sustainable value plan for our CSVP program.

How shall we proceed? As we mentioned in last week’s blog post, we’ll begin by asking each participant to define a single element of the Octopus Model. Or perhaps two elements, at the very most, when a pair of elements seem to fit together well.

Here are our proposed assignments (see below). I’m pleased to say that we were able to accommodate every participant who voiced a preference for a specific element. Nevertheless, if you would prefer to change your assignment, we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

STRATEGY
Mission and Vision – Octavia Abell
Strategy and Resource Allocation – Art O’Connor
Outlook and Performance – Richard White
Risks and Opportunities – Jim Klinger

OPERATIONS
Inputs and Outputs- Kirk Kamien
Business Activities – Nick Gorton
Outcomes – Nick Hunsaker

FINANCE
Working Capital – Peter Kuczynski
Tangible and Intellectual Property – Nick Denice
Human Capital – George Mangiero
Social License and Relationships – Maureen Kraten
Environment – Jason Dodier

As we proceed through the week, I’ll reach out to you individually about your assignment. The goal will be for each of us to develop a one page synopsis by the end of the month.

For now, though, let’s focus on getting the ball rolling! Thank you so much for your willingness to roll along with us as we shift our emphasis from traditional education to experiential service.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all of our participants! And our best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2018.

As we head into the final quarter of our 2017-18 program year, we’ll shift gears and engage in some “hands on” experiential group learning. We did so at the end of the 2016-17 program year, and it appeared to work well … and now we’ll try to improve on that experience.

This time around, we’ll focus on developing an outline of an Integrated Report for our own CSVP program. Each of us will begin by defining a single element of the Octopus Model. Then we’ll form a trio of Teams — Strategic, Operating, and Financial — to integrate our single elements into the three components of the model. Finally, we’ll come together as a unified group to integrate the work of the Teams.

We’ll get the ball rolling next weekend. If you have a preference for a certain team, or for a certain element, please let us know. We’ll try our best to accommodate you.

Meanwhile, you are welcome to review the entire set of participant comments regarding our December 2017 learning activity about Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’. And because we just concluded a program quarter, we need to complete our Attestation Statements at this time.

So by Sunday, January 7th, 2018, please click on the Attestation Statement link on our home page and complete our form. As always, it’ll only take you a few moments to do so.

P.S. The answers to the multiple choice questions for our December 2017 activity are B-A-D-A.

Enjoy The Holidays

Once again, we only have one item scheduled on our program’s “To Do” list this week.

Let’s enjoy the holidays!  🙂

Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings to you and your family.

Today’s Deadline

Time flies when we’re having fun! And at this time of year, we’re all enjoying the holiday season.

Nevertheless, please keep in mind that today is the deadline for submitting our comments about Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. As you know, Laudato Si’ is the focus of this month’s program activity.

At the moment, I presume that we’re all on Santa Claus’ Nice List. But if any one has the authority to persuade St. Nick to bump someone over to his Naughty List, it’s undoubtedly Pope Francis!

So, if possible, let’s not keep him waiting. Nevertheless, if you need a few extra days to complete the activity, please let me know. You’re always welcome to it.

Deadline Next Week

Hello, CSVP participants! While you enjoy the holiday season, please keep in mind that our final program activity for 2017 is due on Sunday, December 17th!

In other words, you still have this weekend, next weekend, and the week “in between” to join our discussion. We are eager to learn your opinions regarding Pope Francis’ landmark papal encyclical on sustainability!

Incidentally, the answers to last month’s multiple choice questions regarding the Global Reporting Initiative are: D-A-C-B.

The Sustainability Encyclical Of Pope Francis

CBS News has called him a rock star Pope.

The Boston Globe has called him a Pope for the Environment.

So as we celebrate the holiday season, why not dedicate a few hours to reviewing the environmental encyclical of Pope Francis?

We’ll discuss the content of his message, and its support of the principle of the Triple Bottom Line. As we know, that’s the concept of the importance of managing economic, environmental, and social considerations in an integrated manner.

We’ll also consider how the media-savvy Pontiff utilizes contemporary principles of marketing and public relations to present his message to the world.

Because the encyclical is a lengthy document, we’ll approach it in a series of steps. First, we’ll review the entire document on a high-level basis. Then we’ll read selected passages in depth. And finally, we’ll engage in our customary conversation via the Box.com service.

The target deadline for this activity is two weeks from today, i.e. Sunday, December 17th. Of course, as always, we are open to requests for brief extensions.

Please keep in mind that we are not reviewing this document as a religious treatise. We certainly do not wish to intrude on any one’s theological beliefs, and we do not intend to host a spiritual conversation.

Nevertheless, if a secular authority like the Editorial Board of the New York Times can praise Francis’ message for persuading “… humanity at large … of our collective responsibility to pass along a clean and safe planet to future generations,” we should be able to conduct a lively and productive secular conversation about his views!

So let’s enjoy the Encyclical while we enjoy the holiday season.