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Muravyov-Amursky 2030
8 September 2022
10:00—11:30
KEY CONCLUSIONS
Graduates of the programme will be in demand both in the Far East and across the country

I beg to differ in that we will be the beneficiaries and recipients of esteemed graduates. This will be the Far East and the Arctic, and in general the entire development management system of, I dare say, the Russian Federation, because the knowledge and skills you acquire will certainly be applicable in many areas — Alexey Chekunkov, Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic.

You and those who will come after you in five years should change the quality of management of the entire region, bringing in new ideas and, most importantly, new energy. And your connections with each other should ensure a completely new quality and result for the Far East — Alexey Chekunkov, Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic.

Completion of an education programme does not guarantee a brilliant career

Another important issue, in my opinion, is setting the right expectations. <...> There is a slightly exaggerated expectation: ‘Yes, all of you are destined for success, and at least next Thursday you will already be vice-governors.’ One should not have such expectations. This is not to belittle your merits. It is just that neither you nor the governors know your real merits yet. And the amount of knowledge cannot be reduced to these virtues. You must also have a strong will. Perhaps, you have it, but you have not tested it in such an environment — Andrey Sharonov, Chief Executive Officer, National ESG-Alliance.

In fact, I decided for myself that I allocate the position of advisor to [those] who graduate from the Muravyov-Amursky project. They would work there as an advisor for at least a year, and we will understand where to transfer them... Maybe into construction, investments, social sphere... or it is tourism, or education. We need to understand what kind of tool you are – for painting, sculpting, and so on — Alexey Tsydenov, Head of the Republic of Buryatia.

In fact, adapting people with good values, i.e. good, decent and intelligent people motivated to do something good for society, to solve some difficult tasks, to use some great opportunities, in the civil service is somehow always a very unpredictable process and, unfortunately, in over 50% of cases it has negative results — Alexander Osipov, Governor of Trans-Baikal Territory.

You should not measure your success only in terms of career levels. Yes, it is quite possible that you are a subject-matter specialist. You will be a brilliant expert. You should not think that if you are not given a position, it is a failure in your career. You can become a specialist who will be in high demand in different regions — Andrey Sharonov, Chief Executive Officer, National ESG-Alliance.

You can only succeed as a team

In a team, you need to listen. Yes, you are all stars in your own right. You are all ambitious. The fact that you just applied for this programme already proves your ambition. The fact that you won such a competition already shows that you stand out. But you joined the team, and you need to fit in, because if you keep telling the whole team that you are a star, and you are going to teach them how to live, it is not going to work. So, it is very important that you set yourself for teamwork right away — Alexey Tsydenov, Head of the Republic of Buryatia.

A typical problem of people who receive additional education in adulthood is that a very large gap arises. They stop speaking the same language as their subordinates. <...> They come to their company, they gather all the people, the whole team, ‘Who are these people? I am so enlightened, and these people know nothing.’ So, it is important not to get too disconnected from people, otherwise they will stop understanding you and you may stop being an authority for them — Andrey Sharonov, Chief Executive Officer, National ESG-Alliance.

ISSUES
Public service is a special area of work that requires a special approach

Generally speaking, civil service is a place where there are very few people who set your sails. There are quite a few people there who act like ice, who try to mire your ship. By the way, this is a big question for philosophers. It is some kind of psychology: people oppose almost anything that is born in the mind. It is a unique law of some kind of quantum metaphysics — Alexey Chekunkov, Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic.

Any creative idea needs to fit into the structure: reporting deadlines, financial discipline and so on. And if your creative idea... makes changes to the project, to the budget or documentation, this means new tenders, deadlines... <...> And everything is gone, the money is all taken away. You have no money, no project: neither good nor bad – no project at all — Alexey Tsydenov, Head of the Republic of Buryatia.

A wise woman who worked as a governor, a senator, an auditor... told me how she, a Komsomol member, at the age of 25 used to go to Soviet leaders twice her age and say to herself: ‘I have a mission. I go in. I have a task. I have an ID. I need to do it.’ Sometimes it helps, by the way, when inner discomfort in the civil service will clamp down. You need to do the job — Alexey Chekunkov, Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic.

There must be a balance between the desire to work and the desire to learn

Of course, you have to learn. Yet I have been seeing the other extreme for some time now. There are people who study all the time, leaving no time for practical matters. Quite a few experts say that this is a form of procrastination, i.e. people put off [real practical things] and people enjoy themselves. They talk to smart people, professors, colleagues in a good environment, they are invited to all sorts of forums. It sucks them in, and people put off some important real-life things — Andrey Sharonov, Chief Executive Officer, National ESG-Alliance.

I started dividing all the people in the world into two categories: those who are learning and those who have already learned everything. And I realized that I am very afraid of people who have learned everything. When you ask them, ‘Why don’t you learn?’ They say, ‘We can teach anybody.’ As a rule, these are people who have achieved great success, but who have grown up and developed in the same industry — Andrey Sharonov, Chief Executive Officer, National ESG-Alliance.

SOLUTIONS
The education programme needs further development

Such programmes should not be reduced to simply sharing specific knowledge... This programme should be arranged in an adaptive way... The importance of being able to communicate with people, to build relationships was mentioned here. This, by the way, is taught very little in regular education. The higher the hierarchy you occupy, the more important your ability to build relationships with people is, and less important your industry-specific knowledge is, because the field [of activity] expands a lot — Andrey Sharonov, Chief Executive Officer, National ESG-Alliance.

It is important to think about scaling up this programme, not in terms of launching wave 2, 3, or 4.I understand that this will happen, but in terms of going deep into the region and municipality — Andrey Sharonov, Chief Executive Officer, National ESG-Alliance.

In terms of management technology, I think the programme is brilliantly structured. I think [there needs to be] as much case study as possible - regional case study mainly — Alexander Osipov, Governor of Trans-Baikal Territory.

Perhaps part of this big project should be the training of coaches who are already in the regions... to instil the same culture and this type of educational programmes — Andrey Sharonov, Chief Executive Officer, National ESG-Alliance.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS