A Day in The Life of an International Development Consultant

Churning Out a Complex Development Solution                                                          from an Off the Beaten Path Business Model

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Today is Day 2 designing a complex social solution.

It is 3:45 am and I’ve just torn myself away from the bathroom mirror.   It is the end of another quick check in on the cute things about my face; and that intense― get-ready-to- work hunt for invisible whiteheads.

You won’t find me reading the news, and checking Emails this morning.

Questions, outcomes, statistics, theories of change, assumptions, metrics, strategies, tactics, and partnerships for ensuring the intervention delivers the intended and desired change are running around in my head.

There goes the reason the bed cannot hold, even after a short visit.

Costing the solution, identifying traditional and creative funding sources are dragging, spinning, loading, rumbling, and pausing in my head like the computer left running last night and the night before.  A kind of abuse that happens to the computer once in a blue moon; but just another super bootcamp for my brain.

I’d set the clock for two, but can’t remember hearing it alarm.  Strange! I checked the alarm button― ahem, someone had turned if off.  And that someone is me!

None of my associates are engaged on this project, it is just my partnering-client and I.  Our last WhatsApp meeting ended after 11:00 last night.  Earlier that day we had a      2-hour marathon interrogating the results chain, and theory of change for the program that will be supported by eight complex projects. That session broke the new idea dam, leaving a rush of idea flow to follow me to bed.  The play for connecting all the dots, spotting the risks, and opportunities are flowing in both our heads. He can now see― how his idea could work.  It has exploded from three themes to eight, each with a supporting project, a multi-sector approach, desired partners, real-time change & benefits, gender lens, wealth generation, and environmental interventions―Whoa!

That is the beauty, reward, and tax for planning such interventions with the end in mind; with the intended beneficiaries at the center; with what success looks like and how it will be measured.  Day 2 is― Day 3 in reality. A group of us had done a virtual brainstorm and backcasting at the second genesis of it all.

It seems never-ending, planning-in opportunities for learning, curating lessons learnt, and plugging them back into strategy and execution for driving success and innovation. Finding creative ways to ensure rights, duties, and responsibilities can be upheld and are affordable in terms of cost related to behavior change and actions.

woman-2994536_research thinkIt’s clear―planning like this makes no bones about disrupting regular sleep and office time. Passion, and deep connections serve to wake you up, and keep you chained to the computer, library, or phone; and web meetings occur long past regular work hours. Research into similar interventions, stakeholder needs, national plans and strategy documents, newspaper articles, dialogue, questions, calls for additional organizational information, re-reading and checking for risks, ambitions, and opportunities― feels endless.

But I’ll complete the results chain by 5:45 am.  Well that’s what I thought!  I am still integrating the financial viability component, I developed after a meeting of minds with my fellow consultant in the Fintech Sector.  This is when the imagination can get wild dreaming up the glimmer and glam of gamified interventions plus real self-sufficiency, financing, stakeholders, and owners that can be brought to the intervention.

My mind pulls up a scene from FAME ( the American TV Show I love), Solid Gold, a Jamaican Festival Performance, an NDTC Production, then a Chorale by The University Singers (UWI, Mona), the Jamaican Folk Singers, and of course a Production at the Julliard School (New York) ―I can see the hook and entertainment unfold in the solution for a complex social problem.  It is now six thirty-seven, and I am still on the results chain. I am also watching the clock; I need to pounce on an opportunity in Stuttgart (6 hours ahead of Toronto).

This is gung-ho backed by strategic thinking and intimate knowledge of the problem. Ever heard of gung-ho backed by strategic thinking? Like multi-tasking we are on top of this one. Trick is― you have to know when and what you can take on together, in both cases.

Energy is high and I could grow the intervention even bigger, but I know that beast must be contained― before complex kills both productivity and the goose that will lay the golden eggs.

Big vision, big dream, big picture, BIG is how we think.  But there goes that voice with the cold splash of wisdom, whispering― SMART, doable, less pain Meegan!  “Too complex―what do you mean?” “It is very doable”.  Ah, no problem, as my client-partner and I go through the crucial questions, reflect, share feedback, and negotiate the programme scope I’ll be reined in somewhat―yes, only somewhat.  That is the trouble with partnering this way, versus a regular client-service provider partnership.

Goodness gracious me, it is minutes to eight, “Looks like exercise isn’t going to happen today”.  I have a sales pipeline to check in on, publication coordination to act on, other solutions to deliver. I make a somewhat shaky resolve to exercise if it is even midnight tonight―we’ll see. Results chain finally done, hurray.  But I’m getting a vibe to get deeper into the costing― “hold your horses, Mam, that is not on your agenda for today”.

It is almost 10:00 am. My eyes take their on-the-hour dart to the clock; first the one on the computer; then the one strategically positioned across the room from my desk. That is the one I trust, maybe because the numbers are bigger it seems to be more accurate in my mind―lol.  The excitement, and extra work on the brain leaves me peckish more often. I am very hungry at ten instead of at one or two in the afternoon.   I still have the executive summary for the project to write, so I am still chained to that deliverable.

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Brain rebellion sets in―I want to do something fun, to eat my lunch, crunchy chicken at the top of mind and taste buds. Haven’t had that in a long time. The crave is the price I pay for not exercising, eating, or sleeping on time.  A cup of hot chocolate rescues me from the hauntings for a while.

I yield to hunger and a power nap at 11:00 am.   At 1:00 pm, I have a face-to-face work meeting.  Two hours later I settle down to check Emails, send a reminder about an overdue account, produce creatives for marketing, double check my sales pipeline, and things to do list― I want to make sure nothing important is being left behind.

6:00 pm: half-an-hour executive to executive give back.

7:00 pm:  supper and family chit chat.

8:00 pm:  quick meeting, followed by work on the proposal, and plan for tomorrow.

10:00 pm: Modified exercise, household chores, get ready for bed and tomorrow.

Some days, the flow is not orderly textbook style in this kind of operation, things can get productively messy, and healthy goes on pause―that is reality!

Thanks for having read.. Share your experience of the all but typical day.

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Lizra Fabien – Stakeholder Engagement and Gender Mainstreaming for Climate Resilience and Climate Fund Initiatives

Celebrating International Development Week 2019!

Join Lizra Fabien, of the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce as we discuss Stakeholder engagements and gender mainstreaming for climate resilience, and climate fund initiatives.

Dominica is one of the Caribbean Countries that have suffered most from the exacerbating effective of climate change. Hurricanes Maria and Erika stopped short of destroying the island with back to back battering in 2016 and 2017.

Canada is among the countries that have responded to efforts to help Dominica and other Caribbean islands to become climate resilient.

We are therefore delighted to hear from Lizra who represents duty-bearers in the private sector on the topic of stakeholder engagements, how they are working, and the gaps for delivering related solutions that deliver gender equality, and climate resilience. DAIC members are also right-holders in their roles as individuals and citizens.

Thank you Lizra for having shared so richly!

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This interview is an extract from the Fireside Chat: Stakeholder Engagements and Gender Mainstreaming for ensuring Gender Equality and Climate Resilience in the Context of initiatives that are financed with Climate Funds.

Six! Celebrating Our Iron Year of Truth and Good

Magate Wildhorse Ltd celebrates six, our iron year of truth and good.

Celebrating six, our iron year of truth and good.
How time flies!

Two decades of experience now under our belt, Magate Wildhorse Ltd

October rode by leaving us with two decades of experience under our belt.

We are six, but through our principal consultant Meegan Scott, we’ve got two decades of experience in the biz. Little but tallawah!

You know you can trust us to deliver that winning solution!

After all, this is “where we create impact by design”.

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For Speaking Engagements & Workshops

Meegan Scott of Magate Wildhorse Speaker

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Meegan Scott, is a competent toastmaster, competent leader, advanced toastmaster bronze, and strategic management consultant.

For almost two decades Meegan has helped organizational leaders across industries and geographical borders to get better results from their strategy development, planning, and execution processes.  She has helped Boards of Directors and managers to think beyond risk management to embrace risk intelligence―to own, and deliver tough pieces of their mandates.

She has inspired people within organizations, and complete straPerfect Slant Cream ATM Ribbon and Pinngers from diverse cultures and jurisdictions to commit and act to deliver visions, missions, objectives, and development goals.

Meegan is known for helping organizations to develop planning mindedness and for growing their competence and demand for organizational performance management and measurement.

When it comes to entrepreneurs, she is known for helping them to bring a deeper understanding of self, the problem to be solved, and finding their own best fit pathways and processes for growing their businesses.  She firmly believes that small businesses should act and think with a big business mind.

Meegan has addressed audiences at conferences, trade shows, MBA and other graduations, boards, corporate launches, webinars as well as radio and television audiences.

Meegan holds a Bachelor of Social Science in International Relations; an MBA (Marketing and finance focused); the designation PMP, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Analysis. She also studied International Trade and Finance Law at the graduate level, and holds a Diploma in International Environmental Law.

She is available for workshops, conferences, strategic facilitation and strategy communications sessions, rapporteur, and other speaking engagements.

For more information visit: https://magatewildhorse.ca/speaking-engagements-workshops.

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La gente del mundo de los negocios puede poner el cambio social en marcha

Meegan Scott

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Por Meegan Scott

En su reciente artículo en la Harvard Business Review, Richard Straub de la Drucker Society pregunta: “¿Qué se necesita para cambiar algo grande sobre una comunidad, algo sobre lo que nadie tiene mucho poder individual, incluso algo tan grande como una mentalidad predominante?”

Y él nos da la respuesta: un movimiento social.

Como señala Straub, los movimientos sociales no son solo tema de los organizadores de la comunidad y los estudiantes universitarios.

“Los empresarios también pueden ponerlos en marcha, como estamos viendo en este momento”.

Lo que dice Straub no es nada nuevo para mí.

He conocido a otros con la misma creencia dentro y fuera de la Comunidad del Caribe.

Sin embargo, durante las últimas semanas, mientras compartía información relacionada con la Comunidad de Práctica (CoP) para Empresarios Inmigrantes del Caribe en la OCDE y otros mercados de la diáspora, me hicieron preguntas que dejaban claro que muchas personas en nuestra comunidad todavía creen que tales iniciativas para el cambio son competencia de gobiernos, ONG o agencias donantes.

Ya es hora de que comprendamos que los empresarios sí tienen un papel en poner en marcha ese cambio. ¡Y los empresarios caribeños también!

La comunidad negra y caribeña (y el Caribe en toda su diversidad étnica) no deben desperdiciar ninguna oportunidad de atrapar y avanzar con nuestra libertad e independencia como comunidad. Y eso significa unirse para liderar el cambio que queremos alcanzar. Con este fin, debemos participar en acciones poderosas y constantes y crear más símbolos de la práctica de la libertad, la independencia y el poder de un pueblo y una comunidad para trazar su destino.

Además debemos posicionarnos para ser un grupo de alta demanda dentro de nuestras naciones anfitrionas. No hablo de la alienación a otros grupos de la sociedad, hablo de movernos para resolver nuestros grandes problemas en la sociedad y posicionarnos para un futuro mejor. Y eso incluye la creencia de que el color del emprendimiento no es el negro; y que el color de la responsabilidad social tampoco lo es.

Al igual que Kauffman Foundation (una de las fundaciones privadas más grandes de los EE.UU., también conocida por apoyar a los emprendedores y Global Entrepreneurs Network), reconozco la necesidad de crear un entorno propicio, basado en la colaboración, la confianza, las redes conectadas y la toma de decisiones basada en la evidencia si queremos tener éxito en el crecimiento de la experiencia empresarial del Caribe y las empresas de alto impacto.

Para apoyar cualquier cambio duradero en esa dirección, necesitamos datos cuantitativos y cualitativos sólidos para proporcionar pruebas para crear soluciones que sean relevantes para nuestra comunidad. También debemos tomar medidas para crear mercados, fuentes de financiamiento, intercambio de habilidades y redes compartidas dentro de la Diáspora del Caribe a nivel mundial. Nuestra riqueza, nuestro crecimiento y nuestro cambio se encuentran dentro de nuestra Comunidad.

La CoP para Empresarios Inmigrantes está diseñada para facilitar gran parte de ese cambio. Aprovecho esta oportunidad para invitar a diásporanos, empresarios, académicos e investigadores de la misma opinión a reunirse como propietarios y beneficiarios de la CoP para Empresarios Inmigrantes del Caribe.

Actuemos para el éxito individual, empresarial, comunitario y del país de origen, así como para el éxito del multiculturalismo en nuestros países de acogida. Nuestra comunidad y nuestras empresas deben despertarse y aceptar el papel de los empresarios para poner en marcha el cambio.

Sobre el autor: Meegan Scott, B.Sc. Hons, MBA, ATM-B, CL, PMP., es una consultora de gestión estratégica nacida en Jamaica y propietaria de Magate Wildhorse Ltd en Toronto. Ha publicado artículos sobre negocios, estrategia, marketing, emprendimiento y mejora de los resultados de las Comunidades Negras y del Caribe. Para obtener más información sobre el correo electrónico de CoP: magatewildhorse@gmail.com. También publicó reseñas de eventos y produjo una serie de televisión para pequeñas empresas. Éste es un artículo colectivo.

Translated by Montserrat Ronchera.

The Establishment of A VOPE for the Caribbean – Snippets of the History

This evolving post curates pieces of the history of Caribbean Evaluators International, a VOPE for Caribbean Evaluators at home and in the Diaspora.

                            The Rally Call – Caribbean Evaluators International                              By Meegan Scott, Founding Board Chair

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The vision, commitment, aspirations, passion, needs, wants, obstacles, preferences, rights, and responsibilities that fueled the drive to deliver a VOPE for Caribbeans by Caribbeans.

Who planted the seed to act in my mind? An opportunity presented for VOPEs on the EvalPartners learning network.

Up and Running Despite the Odds

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Caribbean Evaluators International timeline 2013 to 2015 history of CEI CEI timeline

2013: Recruitment and mobilization of the Region

February 25, 2014: The CEI is delivered (Voted into being)

May 2014: Recognized by International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE)                                                                                                                          July 2, 2014: Caribbean Evaluators International is Incorporated in Jamaica                                                                                                                                              September 2014: CEI hosts Caribbean Evaluators (CEI) Week

October 2014: The Leader of Jamaica’s Opposition, The Hon. Andrew Holness, MP endorses the CEI and sends his message.

Then leader of the Opposition of Jamaica, the Honourable Andrew Holness, MP

MESSAGE FROM THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION, ANDREW HOLNESS, MP
FOR CARIBBEAN EVALUATORS INTERNATIONAL WEEK 2014

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December 13, 2014: The first Charter VOPE is delivered in Jamaica. Partnership with the Centre for Leadership and Governance, Department  of Government (CLG), University of the West Indies, Mona deepened for the event.

The Bajan Reporter – First CEI Charter Voluntary Organization of Professional Evaluators (VOPE) established in Jamaica

Mobilization of the Dominican Republic and Haiti has started.

2015: Launch of EVALYear 2015

Mobilization of Trinidad, Dominica, and Barbados has started.

The Bajan Reporter – Caribbean Evaluators International (CEI) Week: Wednesday 1st October to Thursday 4th October

CaribDirect,  JA — Caribbean Evaluators International Week

Int’l Year of Evaluation 2015: Message to Caribbeans

 

The Plan of Action 2014-2015

caribbean evaluators international VOPE strategy and actions 2014 -2015 plan

Prepared by Meegan Scott, 2014

The brick and mortar spaces were physical VOPE meeting homes in each territory. Modelled off the Toastmasters International Programme, it was adapted to suit the learning, networking, and growth needs of evaluators, supporting professionals, and the CEI.

 

 

 

 

Call for Papers —The Noësis: MWildhorse Strategy and Performance Magazine

Deadline: April 15, 2018

springcover2018sampleIn a world where the language of business expands almost daily and growth-related concepts can be tough to understand The Noësis aims to bring understanding and simplicity —disambiguation.

Its content will facilitate understanding of tough business and development concepts while accelerating the learning of industry language and how-to; and will help organizations and entrepreneurs get more out of their investment in consulting solutions. Practitioners and consultants can expect content that will help them to improve their craft.

It does this by highlighting successful Caribbean and Canadian entrepreneurs, research findings, issues, trends, companies, stories, commentaries, book reviews and entertainment pieces.  Articles and stories focus on growth related topics such as strategy, marketing, trade, performance management and measurement, intellectual property and the creative industries.

The publication is a hybrid Magazine/Professional Journal geared towards C-level executives, entrepreneurs, researchers, practitioners and consultants with an interest in strategy, marketing, evaluation, organizational assessments, international trade, entrepreneurship and international development. And will be circulated to senior executives, business owners and libraries.

The new Canadian-Caribbean Magazine is the only business magazine designed to promote the culture of Caribbean entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship as a desirable, feasible and viable economic activity for Caribbean immigrants in Canada and other diasporic markets of the Caribbean.

We want to see the growth of high performing Caribbean businesses in all major Diaspora markets. We want to see the Caribbean culture of entrepreneurship and its entrepreneurial DNA deliver significant impact to entrepreneurs and the markets in which the businesses call home— as well as those they serve.

Hence, we provide information, stimulate debate, share research, cases and stories for ensuring organizational leaders and team have the necessary information for strategy success in starting and growing their businesses.  We want to see greater impact from international development initiatives especially in ACP Countries; therefore, we will address those issues and explore solutions.

Publishing Opportunities

Consultants and practitioners are invited to submit articles, case studies, anecdotes and stories.

Academic researchers, consultants, and experts are invited to serve in editorial roles as well as to contribute articles, stories and cases.

Recent Graduates, final year PhD and Master’s Degree students are invited to submit articles based on their final research papers. Submissions should have a focus on the Caribbean, Caribbean Diaspora Markets or Canada.

Business writers and/journalists are invited to submit articles (feature, news stories, historical and opinion pieces, commentaries and tips).

Editorial Policy and Practice

Academic submissions will be peer-reviewed. Other pieces will be reviewed by subject matter experts, academia or magazine editors. However, all published pieces would have met the editorial standards and the objectives of the magazine.

Contributor Guidelines

What to Include in Your Draft or Proposal

Submissions must be in MS Word documents. Illustrations and images should be clear and impactful in communicating your ideas. They may include maps, photos, illustration, tables, infographics and other images that are properly labelled.

Double-blind Peer Review

Please click the link above to ensure your submissions are compliant with the double-blind peer review process applicable to all submissions.

Deadline for final submissions: May 30, 2018
Deadline for submission of drafts or proposals: April 15, 2018.

To submit your proposal, article or query, please contact Meegan Scott by Email at: magatewildhorse@gmail.com

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Carlos Zervigon—How I Got Walking with My Belly in My Hand for the PMP Designation

The Year was 2004 and the man was Carlos Zervigon, PMP Instructor.

I had been eying the PMP Course Ads in the Gleaner for a couple months with keen interest.

I already knew what to expect from the Faculty of the University of New Orleans both through face-to-face classroom interactions with—educators who knew how to facilitate learning —among them Dr. Paul Hensel, Dr. Alan Witt, Dr. J. Rabalais, Prof. Tim Ryan, Dr. Lilian Yee Fok, Dr. M. Kabir Hassan, and Dr. Steven Smith. I also knew what to expect when it came to social interaction with the Faculty through our Alumni Fundraising and Social Events.

So, what was holding me back? Did I really need to take PMP when I had been gobbling up the Project Management and Project Monitoring Methodologies taught by USAID and that of other donors especially the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). Besides there was strategy which I wanted tied nicely to Finance and Policy, the MBA program had a major focus on Finance and we were encouraged to pursue Professional Certification soon after graduation and I was very keen on that. I had learnt through my work as a Corporate Strategy Planner that I could serve in both spheres —but which of the loves should I put my money on first?

It was a tough one given, the courses and designations had to be paid in US Dollars. The Project Management Office at the National Environment and Planning Agency was well stocked with huge binders on Project Management many of which were produced by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)—and I was a bookworm with a bottom less pit of an appetite for its content.

The raging hunger had started when I served a USAID Project, the online Project Management and Project Monitoring courses (World Bank or IADB) I was taking brought even greater knowledge leaving me famished. Then NEPA’s HR Department announced that individuals who pursued professional development courses within a certain time frame would get their course fees refunded if they were successful and provided proof. My problem was solved—now I could kill two birds with one stone. I registered for the PMP Course with UNO Executive Education. Carlos Zervigon had a class full and several group learning exercises to facilitate over the days of the course. He was excellent, calm, and rich with knowledge. He also had a few living life tips to share. I was learning the PMP approach and I was snatching some of his learning facilitation techniques along the way as well.

Carlos shared PMP with me in a way that was practical and ready to apply on the job. Best of all I could now mix and match from the PMP Body of Knowledge and the Project and Program Management Principles and Practices expounded by International Donors and Governments.

With the satisfying and delightful course served up by Carlos my next stop for desserts and snacks was the Humming Bird Chapter of PMP and the other areas in which I was so hungry for knowledge, competence and skills. Still I walked around with “my belly in my hand”—ravenous for the PMP Designation. Then, finally work and travel came to a slower pace in Canada and I earned the PMP Designation in 2013. But the learning is never done— both that taught formally and learning that you extract as you apply those principles and practice to problem solving. Thanks Carlos and NEPA for a great start.

Meegan Scott, B.Sc. Hons, MBA, ATM-B, CTL, PMP

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