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As we celebrate PMI's 50th Anniversary around the world, we want to focus special attention on the professionals—PMI members, credential holders, volunteers and all those who consider project, program and portfolio management their profession—for their great accomplishments in not just delivering successful outcomes, but in making a difference.
An opportunity for project professionals around the world to unite
Our 50th Anniversary is a time to reflect on the achievements of project managers and recognize the progress that the profession as a whole has made. We also see it as a time to pull together in service, contribute our collective skills and passion, and make a difference in the world together. To accomplish this, PMI is supporting the United Nations’ mission to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals.
Pledging Your Commitment
The UN has identified 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that serve as a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. PMI has committed to contributing 50,000 hours towards attaining these goals by 31 December 2019. We are calling upon PMI staff, members, chapters, credential holders, volunteers and any individuals or organizations who want to get involved to pledge their commitment.
Think about what causes motivate you…where your passion lies…or how your expertise could help most. You can sign up on behalf of yourself, your PMI chapter, your employer or other organization, and spread the word to others who may want to participate. To learn more about the pledging process, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, how to share your story and more, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.
When you are ready to enter your pledge, please visit our Pledge Form here.
Please visit PMI's 50th Anniversary page for more information.
I have been watching a friend struggle recently as she tries to manage a team of people who were not engaged. Read… ‘they really didn’t care’. The result is demoralizing for everyone: infighting, poor quality work, absenteeism, poor customer service and more.
Admittedly, this is a very large corporation where the bottom line is far removed from this team. If you asked them what drives them at work, the answer would inevitably be ‘my pay cheque’, and the weekend.
But big corporation or small business, this is not an uncommon hurdle that leaders or managers face today. We have teams of people who somehow expect their pay cheque to arrive bi-weekly, can’t connect to the end goals and don’t hold any allegiance to the company, nor the cause. They feel privileged and even entitled.
And in some cases, can you blame them? The economy so strong, they could probably get a job elsewhere. But the truth is that we have done a very poor job at making them feel otherwise.
So, what can we do about this?
I don’t think the answer is to try to provide a happier, healthier work environment, nor is it to pay them more money. None of these things are driving these people.
They key here is to make a connection – between ‘the plan’ and the work they do.
The plan. What is the ultimate goal? Profit? Service? A product launch? Or something less ‘corporate’ like the altruistic part of the company – time and resource donations to local causes or simply the power of employment within the community.
There are many ways to connect people to the cause. We are recognizing that individuals most often are motivated in different ways and we might need to customize the connection.
So, connect the people, individually or as a group, to the plan or to the cause.
How? It’s all about education. Not just once a year, but on a regular basis. What are we trying to do? Why are we doing it and most importantly of all, how does it affect each one of us? Everyone needs to be reminded regularly as to how it affects them – what’s in it for them.
Again, there may well have to be multiple stories here to satisfy multiple constituents. The profitability story is good for some as they are incented by the bonus at the end of the year. The ‘good for mankind’ story will hit a portion of the audience, and we need a game plan to keep that card out in front on a regular basis. And then there is the good ‘corporate citizen’ card that continually promotes donations, good deeds, employment and more to those that see this as the key to working for your company.
This is not an easy game, but a necessary one. Each of your team members needs to be engaged – connected to something that will give them a reason to get to work everyday with a smile.