PMIGLC Celebrates Another Successful Symposium
PMIGLC would like to thank everyone who attended this year's 17th Annual Spring Symposium, “Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity in a World of Change”. Once again, the event was very well attended, and we appreciate your time and effort in making this another outstanding chapter event.
Special thanks to our keynote speaker Melanie Spring (@MelanieSpring), our closing note speaker Cynthia D'Amour (@CynthiaDAmour) and all the break-out session speakers. We would also like to thank our Platinum Sponsors DTE Energy (@DTE_Energy) and our Gold Sponsor Strategic Staffing Solutions (@S3Jobs). Our PMIGLC Chapter members will have their PDUs uploaded for them and you also have access to the presentations from our website.
GLC Outreach to Troy Community with PM 101
On May 8 and 10, a team of volunteers from the PMI Great Lakes Chapter Outreach successfully presented the GLC’s “Project Management 101 Skills for Life” course as an adult education offering through the Troy School District’s Continuing Education Center. The Chapter’s own PM101 basic course [5 contact hours] complements the “Project Management-Skills for Life” handbook available through the PMI Educational Foundation. The handbook is provided to the course attendees as a “take away” reference at the completion of the PM 101 course.
Many thanks to the GLC volunteer instructors: Nick Beneker, Sharon Spragg-Schaedel, Sam Sharan, and Julie Yasuhara.
June Monthly Meeting
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Wine Tasting and Networking - May 22
Join us for a private wine tasting of Michigan wines! Each attendee will receive the following:
• A guided tasting including 5 2oz pours
• Cheese and chocolate, served family style
• A $10 bottle credit that can be used to purchase a bottle of wine at the event.
After the tasting, you will be able to purchase glasses of wine.
Please register for this event on Meetup.
PMIGLC Happy Hour/Social Networking - June 6
ADPATING LEADERSHIP STYLES TO FIT THE PROJECT SITUATION
This month’s Moylan’s Mulligans on Leadership & Communication is based on a tutorial entitled “Lead in Any Situation” produced by Toastmasters International (2016).
Just as every project has its own distinct set of circumstances, every PM forms their own leadership style based on their individual blend of unique personality, project experiences and professional values. The savvy project manager needs to be self-aware of their own leadership style and how to adapt themselves to the particular project situation.
Toastmasters identifies eight leadership styles that the project manager may employ, in all or in-part, depending on the project situation.
Bureaucratic: The Bureaucratic-style PM follows the rules and norms of their organization rigorously. As a leader, the Bureaucratic PM is definitive when making decisions.
Authoritative: The Authoritative-style PM motivates by inspiring enthusiasm. As a leader, the Authoritative PM gives clear direction and sets standards.
Innovative: The Innovative-style PM shares a vision of the future and promotes innovation. As a leader, the Innovative PM motivates by promoting respect for team members’ creativity.
Pacesetting: The Pacesetting-style PM sets high standards of performance and leads by example. As a leader, the Pacesetting PM focuses on speed and productivity.
Democratic: The Democratic-style PM relies on consensus decision-making. As a leader, the Democratic PM collaborates and communicates openly with their team members.
Affiliative: The Affiliative-style PM is actively collaborative and focuses on the emotional needs of their team members. As a leader, the Affiliative PM emphasizes teamwork and team harmony.
Coaching: The Coaching-style PM concentrates on preparing individuals for the future by building the skills of their charges. As a leader, the Coaching PM motivates by challenging the individual to better themselves.
Altruistic: The Altruistic-style PM strives to meet the needs of their team. As a leader, the Altruistic PM motivates their team by using an empowering, ethical approach.
Just as every project leader is unique, every project situation needs to be evaluated individually. An effective project leader develops insight and wisdom to adapt to new situations. There are times when a leader’s default style of leadership is highly effective and others when it is not a good fit for the circumstances.
The benefit of basing leadership strategies on the situation is that it encourages leaders to adapt their style to team members’ needs. When team members’ needs are met, goals are accomplished.
Understanding the circumstances affecting a project is the first step in applying situational leadership tactics. The PM begins by identifying the most important tasks or priorities necessary to achieve your team’s goals. The PM should address the largest and most complex tasks first. By focusing on the biggest tasks at the beginning, the PM can then allocate their resources and team members most effectively and efficiently.
Next month, this column will address the topic of the PM adapting their leadership style to the needs of their team members.
As always, your comments and questions are most welcome.
Dr. Bill Moylan, PhD, PMP, FESD, DTM
Vice-President of Outreach, PMI Great Lakes Chapter
Membership Corner: Executing with Purpose, Not Perfection
One of the key messages from Jess Ekstrom’s humorous and inspiring Spring Symposium talk, the Real Story: What’s Behind Our Highlight Reels, is to not let the fear of failure control your fate. During her two sessions, Jess described the many challenges she faced on her journey to launching Headbands of Hope, which was founded on a simple premise: for every item sold, a headband will be donated to a child with cancer. Jess’s dedication to her company’s mission led her to uncover new and unexpected paths to overcome daunting hurdles — from Bernie Madoff to stolen startup funds — and make her dream a reality.
Jess recognized that in our social media-dominated world, we don’t often share the mistakes we make. Rather, we tend to only share what’s good to maintain the illusion that everything is perfect. In describing the need to “execute with purpose, not perfection,” Jess noted that:
- People often become paralyzed by perfection.
- We should work with intent and stay focused on our mission.
- We only want to show the world the parts of our journey that are good.
- The bad is just as much a part of our story as the good.
By staying connected to the importance of what we’re doing, maintaining optimism in what is possible, and believing in our ability to manifest our dreams, we can choose whether we reach a dead end or make a U-turn. Jess’s message is the result of turning her challenges into success: Headbands of Hope is now a million-dollar company that has donated headbands to every children’s hospital in the U.S. and in many countries around the world.
If you missed Jess’s inspiring talk at the Spring Symposium, you can check out her 2014 TEDx talk, Awareness into Change.
PMXPO 2018 is Now On Demand!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our record-breaking 11th annual PMXPO in March. Attendance was at an all-time high due to the insightful, cutting-edge session led by talented keynote speaker Joel H. Cohen, Emmy-winning writer and producer of The Simpsons. Check out his and all the other sessions available now. Learn more.
Welcome New Chapter Members Who Joined in April
Saundra Braxton, Ph.D.
F. Nathan Ruffer