Being at the very start of our journey to share climate week notes, the members of the delivery management team have been looking at where we can make immediate changes to how we’re already working, which we can then build new approaches on in the future.
My immediate thought, when asked to write this blog post, was, ‘I have no idea what to talk about’. I find it incredibly difficult to see any significant impact that I can have in minimising or reversing the damage still being done to the climate across the entire world over a period of centuries. It’s a trap that it’s easy to fall into when engaging with a distant future or a monumental challenge. Holding onto the existential threat posed by climate change can lead to hopelessness and avoidance.
So how do you even start tackling a problem that you’re hardwired to ignore?
Finding somewhere to start
It’s times like these that I’m fortunate to be surrounded by a team of brilliant delivery managers whose work reminds me every day that the value we bring is helping teams and individuals keep their eye on the prize, even in the most challenging circumstances or changeable contexts: it’s not necessarily about the impact we have today, or even tomorrow, as individuals. It’s about the cumulative impact we can collectively achieve in the future.
And so I think the role of delivery management in supporting our climate response starts with our foundations, the core of what it means to be a delivery manager at FutureGov — helping individuals, teams and organisations to deliver change by creating the conditions for us to succeed. It’s about ensuring we’re driven by purpose, not just urgency, and that our bias for action ensures we’re getting into the ‘doing’ space as quickly as possible to learn, adapt and increase the impact we’re able to achieve.
I know that going back to basics is neither imaginative nor groundbreaking, but it always gets the job done.