The strange and challenging times are still with us, and although the lockdown is gradually lifting, and we are entering a different phase in the process, there is still much uncertainty – will there be a second spike? A recession? A depression? Or can we look forward to a V-shaped recovery ?
The pandemic has provided different opportunities and challenges for each of us. Some are not working at all, and taking a break is the furthest thing from their mind. Some are working harder than ever before and will need the break. But will you work through the summer, making up for lost time? Or maybe you are planning a ‘stay-cation’? Or you are thinking to drive somewhere not so far? Or maybe even planning to venture overseas?
Many of us would dearly love the return to ‘normal’, and as quickly as possible, when these kind of decisions are simple and second nature. But again, others are hoping that we have learnt some lessons during these times and things never get fully back to the way they were before – ‘the ultimate opportunity to reset’.
In the words of the PMI President and CEO, Sunil Prashara – “Now, as the world begins to look beyond COVID-19 there is much to talk about”
And this is exactly what we will be doing in the PM Fair 2020 - “Black Swans and Unknown Unknowns. Opportunity? Or threat?”
The PM Fair team will be busy through the summer, calling for speakers and pulling together a stimulating agenda for you, but the team producing the newsletter are taking sometime out – so there will be no newsletter in August – they will be sending PM Fair updates instead – watch out for them.
Wherever you go, whatever you do, I hope you have the opportunity to spend quality time with your loved ones and to recharge your batteries.
Last month we started with a new service offered by the PMI Belgium Chapter: The Resume Service.
This service is available for free to all our members allowing them to publish their CV on our website. Later, in a second phase we will reach out to potential employers, agencies, recruiters, … offering them (1) a database of potential candidates for the PM roles they want to fill but also (2) a more dynamic platform to post job offerings.
“Pretty much every industry, globally, has been impacted by COVID-19. Some companies have shrunk to a virtual standstill – especially small enterprises that rely on footfall, like restaurants and retail shops or larger airline companies.
Some companies have witnessed massive demand increases, like distribution companies, pharmaceuticals, toilet roll manufacturers.
On July 1th, you, as a chapter member have received an invitation to fill out the PMI Belgium Annual Survey . We hereby like to send a reminder to all our members that your information is very important to us as a chapter. With your survey input, we are able to gauche our members sentiment on the different topics by adjusting our programs, events and content to your wishes.
PMP Study group have ended their sessions on July 9th, not without a bit of regret on the part of the 90 participants (28 from Belgium), who had assiduously occupied 2 evenings of their week, starting from May 28, creating a real working group and even a community of practice. I was personally surprised by the strong organisation, both logistically and technically speaking and thank Robert Chmara and Krzysztof Moskwa, respectively from PMI Poland and Finland, for their excellent commitment.