Episode 114: 7th May 2020

Video Conferencing, online education, Elon Musk and General Motors keep us talking this week.

If it weren’t for video conferencing none of this would be possible….

It’s fair to say that most of us have been dragged (sometimes kicking and screaming) into the 21st century and the world of video conferencing. Whether as a means to keep in touch with friends and family or as part of retaining contact with our colleagues, clients and business contacts.

This interesting article on Techradar draws some comparisons between the current offerings.

This week we take time to consider some of the pros, cons and pitfalls and recognise that without the type of resources available the lock down phase of Covid19 would be a very different proposition and we both believe that there is a positive legacy to come from getting techie with it.

In other news Elon Musk seems to be selling up half of  his Bel Air property portfolio following the birth of his child with singer Grimes. The baby’s name seems to have stirred up  more interest than Mr Musk’s real estate activities.

Heather flags up the Government Self Employed Grant Checker for anyone who has yet to determine whether and when they qualify to apply and Tracy updates us on the latest ONS report regarding CV19.

Our discovery section provides a plethora of learning opportunities for those who are furloughed or have simply lost the ability to keep their minds active in the wee small hours of the morning. FREE online learning is available via the Open University and FutureLearn and there are subjects suited for all. Well worth a look and a useful resource to signpost your staff towards.

Our profile this week is of a woman who has spent her entire working career with one organisation. Currently Chairman and CEO of General Motors, Mara Barra has literally worked her way through the ranks in a male dominated industry and has overcome some significant challenges in the process, not least a 30million vehicle safety recall and negotiating a $490 million dollar contract to make ventilators for the USA during the Coronavarius pandemic.

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