August 11 2020
Turning Challenges into Opportunities: An Inclusive Approach
The pandemic has changed the way we navigate the built environment. It has also created opportunities to think about how we can better serve our clients and communities as city-builders. We’ve been thinking about how the pandemic has impacted labs, cultural centres, transit-oriented development, sustainable design, and more, including how we can model healthy and safe spaces for our clients and their end users.
Our belief that leadership happens at all levels is driving one of our internal programs, the COVID-19 Brainstorming Sessions, designed to crowd source ideas about how to turn a negative into a positive during an unprecedented time.
We sat down with Ian Trudeau, Associate, for a rundown on these sessions and why they’re so important. Ian has been facilitating several of these discussions.
Thanks for your time, Ian. Can you give us a quick outline of what these sessions are all about?
Ian: In these virtual sessions, our staff and leadership group take a look at the different aspects of our business, asking what new opportunities have presented themselves as a result of the pandemic, how we can better serve our clients, and how our behaviours in the built environment might change.
As One Company, we recognize that our people are our best asset, and through these sessions we are collaborating to form Entuitive’s future strategies by ensuring that our staff and business leaders are having open, thoughtful conversations, guiding our firm together. By effectively crowd sourcing ideas, we are working to turn what seems like a negative situation into a positive outcome for our people, our clients, and our business.
In order to keep the sessions manageable, we aim cap them at 15 participants. However, the sessions are recorded and posted on our internal crowd sourcing site for staff to watch at their convenience. This way, anyone can contribute their ideas to any given session topic.
What have you learned so far from these sessions?
Ian: Our staff appreciate the opportunity to contribute to the direction of the firm and have been actively engaged in these sessions. We continually seek opportunities for our people to directly impact and develop our business. These sessions are a perfect example of what happens when you recognize the talent within your walls.
Among the ideas we’ve discussed are how can we better deliver our services virtually? How do we re-mobilize public transit? How do we design and engineer healthy spaces for social distancing? And how can we better collaborate virtually?
What happens next once all the sessions have taken place?
Ian: Once we’ve captured all the discussion points and ideas, our business leaders will incorporate them into their 2021 business plans. In many cases, we’ll work with the idea champion, the person who proposed the idea in the first place, to bring it to fruition.
Crowd sourcing is not new to Entuitive. For example, our internal ideas site, Ennovation, provides the opportunity for anyone to submit an idea that they think will better our business. We also run challenges periodically that allow our team to answer specific questions. We value and enjoy collaborating with our talented people. As a responsive and agile organization, it’s critical we work together on future plans.
Thank you for this update, Ian. We’re excited about all the great ideas we’re going to see as a result of these sessions.