It’s been a few days since we’ve updated the blog. We’ve been busy doing follow ups with hotels, commencing background writing on the report (methodology, definitions, existing research summations), and doing some exploring of Singapore.
We have 19 survey respondents so far. Most of these respondents are those with a high interest in environmental issues and CSR so we’ve recognized that our results will lean towards environmental progressiveness rather than showing a true average of the industry in aggregate. All in all though the project is coming along well. It is a fair amount of work but our team morale is high and we firmly believe that our end result will be informative. We’re also learning a lot in the process – we’ve all become stronger in cold-calling, composing compelling e-mails and letters, and in our interview skills as we begin to meet with industry associations and best-practice leaders.
On Friday we attended an event held by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce here in Singapore. We were invited by Marlene Han, the President (and the aunt of our MBA colleague and friend Chelsea). The event was at Urban Fairways and provided a perfect chance to meet and network with fellow Canadians including David Sevigny, the High Commissioner for Canada to Singapore while working on our swing. We had a great time, and it was wonderful to meet Marlene in person as she has provided advice and contacts as we’ve pursued this project.
The weekend was great – checked out the nightlife at Clarke Quay, met up with some of Eva’s high school friends, ate some amazing Indian food and had snacks and a swim on Sunday with Eva’s Father.
|Team at Clarke Quay|
Back to work now…