The pets of Motive Power

The New Officemates of MP

#MotivePAWer          CO-VID hasn’t slowed MP down, the Motive Power family is growing faster than ever.   Meet the new Motive Power hires! These furry team members are ready to be the best officemates, they specialize in CATsulting, PAWject management and you best beLEAF that they are eager to join every meeting!  MPers aren’t the only ones who have filled their homes with more companions. Animal shelters that were once filled with furry friends are now empty. With everyone being at home, isolated some folks decided that is was a good idea to bring home a new friend. As COVID season continued, more and more people began adopting and fostering furry friends for the time being. For some, these furry friends would later become their life-long companion, for others, just a temporary buddy to get through quarantine.  Action News Now reported back in April that the Paradise Animal shelter in Northern California was completely empty, all pups and cats were gone and replaced with little stuffed animals for the time being. According to the New York Times, the Los Angeles Animal Services shelter saw 2,232 animals get adopted and fostered, that is a lot of furry friends considering that the LA Animal Service shelter is one of the largest shelters in the county. The animal count went down to 25%, that is amazing! California is not the only place that saw an increase in pet adoption and fostering, LA Times reports that the rest of the world did too, as pictures of people and their newly adopted friends filled the page. References Benitez, Brandon. “Paradise Animal Shelter Empty for First Time in Its History.” KHSL News, 30 Apr. 2020, 10:58 PM, www.actionnewsnow.com/content/news/Paradise-Animal-Shelter-empty-for-first-time-in-its-history-570106391.html. Mcdermott, Marie Tae. “Adopting a Pet in California During a Pandemic.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 14 May 2020, www.nytimes.com/2020/05/14/us/california-pet-adoption-coronavirus.html. Mckoy, Kirk. “Coronavirus, Stay-Home Restrictions and Pets.” Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2020, 10:22 AM, www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-04-27/coronavirus-staying-at-home-and-our-pets.

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BuildOUT

Motive Power, Inc. Founder, President and CEO, Angel Lance, was welcomed by the BuildOUT California team to its roster of Founders! BuildOUT California is the world’s first LGBT Industry Association dedicated to the sustainable growth of LGBT owned firms. This group focuses on being allies in the fields of Architecture, Engineering, Construction Services, Real Estate Development and related industries. The main focus of BuildOUT California is building meaningful connections, providing dynamic and customized training, advocacy at the local, state and federal level and technical assistance in the areas of Pre- and Post-Award activities connected to the procurement process. Angel founded Motive Power, Inc. in 2005, which is a certified woman-owned business with the California Public Utilities Commission. Since 2005, Angel has applied her expertise in raising three successful private firms without external investment. With over 20 years of experience, Angel specializes in major public utilities across the United States such as PG&E, SDG&E, SoCal Gas, SCE, Xcel Energy, and Seattle City Light.
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Going Green at Work

New Trends in Change Management

Author: Israel Gonzalez It’s a brave new world in 2020 and as we are returning to business and our previous workflows, we find the road before us ripe for opportunity. Industry leaders are ready to create evolution like a racehorse being let out of the gate. The winds of change are moving, and they are they are swirling around change management itself, humans, and machines. Continuous Improvement Who knew change management would find itself going through change? Initially, change was project based with a beginning and end, simpler, and flowed more in a waterfall methodology. It’s now evolving into a continuous changing model; more agile. Initiatives are becoming broader within this new cadence and then working in specificity in following initiatives to build off one another. This progression is predicted to combat change management’s nemesis; change fatigue. Change is always difficult and faced with opposition, but the project model produced disjointed change. The continuous model relates the changes together changing how they are perceived from disruptive to gradual. Many changes are implemented with the best of intentions to fix a problem, but at the expense of creating another. Now this graduality can push into a culture of its own. Change begins to be understood as a given part of the day-to-day and as continuous improvement of the whole. Upgrading Your Foundational Players It’s no surprise that a company’s employees are the bedrock of all its achievements, but that makes them the key players in analyzing future potential. Implementing a change doesn’t occur after one meeting, but over multiple touchpoints or phases. Companies are finding themselves growing the change leaders’ team within their companies to offer better support in helping usher in new change. This increase isn’t just providing better implementation but more change more quickly. They are the ones working less systematically and driving to the beat of the agile drum. To strengthen the odds and overcome typical roadblocks companies are building a culture with a higher affinity to learn to create an environment where change can take root quickly. Encouraged learning is finding itself to be at the forefront and company leaders are building a learning culture by providing opportunities for their employees to flex their brain muscles. They are bolstering the minds of the “masses” because they know that the speed of adoption doesn’t rest solely on the size of the change management team, but on the receptiveness of the employees. Learning items planned and set before you is the beginning, but being able to thrive in uncertainty takes adaptability. It’s becoming unreasonable to know every system in your industry or to be educated in all new trending ideas, so we must drive to embrace these uncertain times. An important note is that communication is vital within this uncertainty because it offers a lifeline to build confidence to march forward. Technology Digital Technology is permeating through all industries and change management is no exception. Understanding large amounts of dialogue from feedback throughout the process is proving difficult with the increased cadence. Systems like Google Duplex are showing the advancement of A.I. to understand and respond to human dialogue. Another leap forward is Housespace which is not only showing how easy and quick it can be to categorize this data but providing summaries of mass feedback. This has never been more crucial than now because as closeout reporting is declining, actionable data is emerging as its successor. This finalizing report is proving less necessary because succeeding change may not only attend to the next evolution, but fix a small pitfall form the previous one. This is where actionable data from these systems will prove useful by helping you spring forward from your last step. We need to reset out expectations around implementing change within a company. Change is coming and it will always be coming as we continuously change moving forward. Bolster your own change team and make them key players in your organization. Create a learning culture with workshops and team building to grow your employees. Lastly, rethink how you report out. Whether you use a new software to help you or not, learning to create actionable data over success reports will make all the difference. Find your pace. It is not a sprint anymore but a marathon.

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Working Remotely in a COVID World

Author: Jon Bruning As of June 10, the Bay Area is on day 86 of shelter in place. Those of us lucky enough to continue working have largely found ourselves working remotely. For many, this means endless video calls on Zoom, Teams, WebEx, or Hangouts, and cramped workspaces that are far from ergonomically friendly. I’m willing to bet I’m not the only one who finds myself constantly standing in front of an open refrigerator, unsure of how I got there. I am both a project manager, managing internal projects at my company Motive Power, and a consultant, working with Motive Power’s clients on various projects across industries. I was worried that my job would be difficult to perform while working remotely. I’ve done aspects of my job remotely for the better part of 15 years, but rarely 100% and never 100% on longer engagements. I wondered: How could I connect with my team the same way as I did in-person? How could I get the updates I needed? How could I keep my team motivated and marching toward our deadlines?   During shelter in place I did a few things differently than I normally would have. I want to share some changes in communication cadence, style, and methods I’ve found helpful while working remotely. Working Remotely – Shelter In Place Tips & Tricks When I’m on site with my teams, I get a lot of my updates informally. Bumping into each other by the break room or a quick drive-by at someone’s cube or desk. These types of quick check-ins allow you to get necessary information quickly without a formal meeting eating into people’s already busy calendars. Since shelter in place, I’ve replaced these face-to-face check-ins with text and IM interactions – quick virtual check ins to get a piece of information or two, still, without a formal meeting. It helps keep deadlines and actions in people’s minds without taking much time away. Pro tip: Keep these succinct or else you end up with a meeting length interaction that you intended to avoid. In addition, a reset on expectations of response times will help manage stress levels on your team and help with morale and positive momentum. Let’s face it — many of us are working remotely in a home with babies, rowdy teenagers, and possibly dealing with family and friends whose health was impacted by the pandemic. Finally, while it is considered a huge faux pas in 2020 to use our phone to call people, picking up the phone for a 2 minute chat is often the quickest way to check in. You can also gauge a person’s mood and temperament through their tone much better and adjust your communication style and expectations in response. I, possibly uniquely, find it nice to chat with my teams while I’m stuck inside my home all day! Being both a project manager and a consultant, I constantly switch between the tools Motive Power uses and the tools my clients use. What I’ve found using numerous collaboration platforms is that they all generally function the same: You can share your screen, video chat, mute people with noisy backgrounds, whiteboard, etc. If there is a functionality you’ve used on one platform, chances are a quick Google search will point you in the direction of how to do the same on another.   That said, the platform we choose isn’t what is important in so much as that we actually use them and maximize the functionality they provide. Video chats vs audio only meetings recreate the sense of connection we had in face-to-face meetings, and I find engagement to be notably higher with video enabled. Virtual whiteboarding provides a tactile feel without being together in person. I’ve seen whiteboarding done with plugins on communications platforms, and I’ve even seen colleagues use a real whiteboard in the background of their video. Both worked great and increased team engagement! All in, we’re still assigning actions, mitigating risk, motivating teams, driving schedules, and managing communications while working remotely in this shelter in place world. Making a few simple modifications to your communications can go a long way to keeping your programs on track and your teams motivated ensuring successful programs!

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Finding our Path During these Uncertain Times

The power of perspective. As we all continue to navigate this “new normal”, it is important to keep in mind that while we are all in this together, we all have our own battles going on. How we find our way and communicate with those around us right now is critical and delicate. Because, we are not all in the same boat. WE ARE NOT IN THE SAME BOAT… I heard it said that we are all in the same boat, but it’s not like that. We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat. Your ship could be shipwrecked and mine might not be. Or vice versa. For some, quarantine is optimal: a moment of reflection, of re-connection, easy in flip flops, with a cocktail or coffee.  For others, this is a desperate financial & family crisis. In some homes a sole occupant faces endless loneliness. In others, family members are getting peace, rest, and time with each other — while in still others, quarantine means an increased danger due to domestic violence. With the $600 weekly increase in unemployment some are bringing in more money to their households than they were working.  Others are working more hours for less money due to pay cuts or loss in sales. Some families of 4 just received $3400 from the stimulus while other families of 4 saw $0. Some were concerned about getting a certain candy for Easter while others were concerned if there would be enough bread, milk and eggs for the weekend. Some want to go back to work because they don’t qualify for unemployment and are running out of money.  Others want to kill those who break the quarantine. Some are home spending 2-3 hours/day helping their child with online schooling while others are spending 2-3 hours/day to educate their children on top of a 10-12 hour workday. Some have experienced the near death of the virus, some have already lost someone from it and some are not sure if their loved ones are going to make it.  Others don’t believe this is a big deal. Some have faith in God and expect miracles during this 2020. Others say the worst is yet to come. So, friends, we are not in the same boat. We are going through a time when our perceptions and needs are completely different. Each of us will emerge, in our own way, from this storm. It is very important to see beyond what is seen at first glance. Not just looking, actually seeing. We are all on different ships during this storm experiencing a very different journey. -Unknown author-

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