Upcoming Events

PMIGLC Happy Hour/Social Networking

October 24, 2018
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Granite City- Troy
699 W. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48084
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PMIGLC Happy Hour/Social Networking

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2018 Annual Professional Development Day

October 26, 2018
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Best Western Premier
26555 Telegraph Rd.
Southfield, MI 48033
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2018 Annual Professional Development Day

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September 2018 Print

Chapter Update

Call for Nominations for 2019-2020 Chapter Vice-President Positions

PMIGLC has initiated its elections process for open 2019-2020 Vice President (VP) positions. As a member of the Executive Committee, Vice Presidents maintain a cross-functional strategic focus while providing leadership of their respective Directors and committees.

Each elected 2019 VP will serve from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020. The 2-year VP term has enables better acclimation to board operations, as well as increased opportunity to realize the VP's vision in support of the GLC strategic plan. The annual board transition meeting will also assist newly elected VPs with lessons-learned and other valuable information as they prepare for their term.

Detailed descriptions of roles and responsibilities for the open positions can be found here.

The following VP offices are open for the upcoming term:

     VP-Professional Development

Nominations must be received no later than September 28, 2018.

To be considered a candidate for an open VP position, please submit your candidate biography and a digital photo to elections@pmiglc.net.   

Why Should a Practicing Project Manager Consider Doing Research and Publishing the Results?

The most obvious answer relates to the potential for career enhancement – being published could establish one as an expert in the field and lead to promotions or other opportunities that may not be available at the present time. In addition, being published also sets the stage for potential academic opportunities. 

PMIGLC has developed a Research Manifesto that provides details necessary for developing a research proposal that meets the rigors of a scientifically valid study. It provides the necessary details for the recruitment of participants, collection of data, protecting individual privacy, avoiding conflicts of interest, data security, and whom to contact for support on development of an appropriate research design. It also provides guidelines for publishing in the Project Management Journal as well as other pertinent information that will assist in publishing your results. The Manifesto also provides links to resources that may be helpful in developing a research topic and getting published. In addition, the Great Lakes Chapter has individuals that you can contact for assistance in developing your proposal and getting it published. Download the Research Manifesto.

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Monthly Meeting & Networking Forum

Monthly Meeting - October 8

The Neuroscience of Effective Leadership (Understand the Impact on Innovation and Creativity)

Take responsibility for your impact, results and reputation as a project manager. This session will help participants create awareness of the one thing that will help them improve results in their business and personal roles. It will help them begin to solve the challenges they face every day and to more successfully achieve their goals. The Neuroscience of Effective Leadership has less to do with skill, education and intelligence, and more to do with the ability to think clearly under pressure, manage and motivate people effectively, and to change your approach as necessary. It has to do with your emotional intelligence!

This class provides leaders with the skills to recognize how emotions drive behaviors, the difficulty in managing one’s own emotions, and the emotions of those around them. Tools to manage interpretation of information and appropriate levels of reactions are reviewed. Leaders become more aware of their unconscious behaviors and learn to effectively manage emotions to make conscious decisions for future behaviors.

Speaker: Spencer Horn
Businesses across the country look to Spencer as an enthusiastic, insightful source for counsel and advice on developing productive and focused corporate cultures. Spencer is able to draw upon his 26 years of executive experience to reenergize seasoned and emerging professionals and increase organizational effectiveness. He inspires change, to develop: a powerful culture, effective communication, high performing teams and engagement. 

Spencer is currently the President of Spencer Horn Solutions. He has previously been CEO of leadership development company and Vice President of a NASDAQ company, which developed IMAX theaters in tourist destinations. There he worked with major organizations such as IMAX Corp., National Geographic Television, Radio City Productions, Disney Films and more. He has been speaking and presenting at PMI chapter development conferences since 2010 and has been a regular speaker at the PMI Leadership Institute Meeting (LIM) North America Conference, since 2014. He has also been the concluding speaker for the yearlong, PMI Leadership Institute Master Class (LIMC) since 2015 and is scheduled to speak again at the 2018 LIMC in Los Angeles.

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Professional Development Opportunities

PMIGLC Happy Hour/Social Networking

October 24, 2018 ⋅ 5 - 8 PM 

Eat, Drink & Mingle!

Take a much needed & deserved mid-week break and join your PMIGLC friends and colleagues for appetizers and cocktails at Granite City in Troy.

4th Annual Professional Development Day 

"Organizational Structure: The Rock On Which Agility Is Built"

October 26, 2018 ⋅ 8 AM – 5 PM 

PMIGLC’s theme this year highlights the need to harness the power of innovation, creativity and leadership to flourish in our rapidly changing times. The “Project Management Innovation, Creativity and Leadership” theme centers on the Great Lakes Chapter providing a user experience that stimulates both project managers and business analysts to learn new things and adapt to rapidly changing environments. Innovation, creativity and leadership are the levers to balance the sheer speed of change in our professional environments.

This year Professional Development Day is a customized all day event that will provide attendees a deep understanding of the structure that enables organizational agility beyond just simply using processes, tools, frameworks, and practices. Some of the Key components of organizational agility that will be covered and how to optimize each: Demand/Discovery, Production, and Delivery.

The three main takeaways are:
1. Foundations for organizational agility;
2. Common roadblocks impeding agility; and
3. Actions to drive change. 

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Looking for Volunteer Input for Upcoming Online Campaign
In an effort to connect with our members, the chapter is planning an online campaign and are looking for input from members who are knowledgeable with PPC and social media marketing campaigns. Specifically, we are looking for help setting up the campaign(s) to ensure we reach our audience and best practices for keeping the campaign going.

Interested in sharing your input and an opportunity to direct an online campaign? Please email Director.MemberRetention@pmiglc.org.

Moylan’s Mulligans 

Project Based Learning (PBL) – A Rite of Passage from the Unknown to the Known

Our goal with PM for Social Good is to make project management a rite of passage for all, especially our youth. We believe that understanding and using the PM methodology can change more than outcomes, it can change lives. It’s as if you go from an unknown way of effective communication and leadership to a known way.

In this article, I will show you another way to become involved in your community. I will share with you how PBL was used in a “Rites of Passage” program at my church to keep young girls from the ages of 12-18 engaged in learning.

By definition, a rite of passage is an ordinary or ceremonial event marking the transition from one stage of life to the next. Rites of passage may range from something as mundane as one's first steps or words, to events as significant as marriage.

The overall purpose of the church rites of passage program was to help young girls transition to young ladies. The girls learned skills that would help them improve their interaction with others at church, home, school, and society at large.

The process was as follows:

  • Each girl was paired with a mentor for 5 months. Each mentor spent time with their mentee inside and outside of church working on projects.
  • One project required each girl to select a famous woman they admired, write a report on that woman, and present the information to the entire group of mentors, mentees, and program Co-Chairs. This was done with the mentor’s guidance.

My mentee and I chose to research Dr. Angella Ferguson, an African American woman known for her ground-breaking research on sickle cell disease. As a result of that choice, we visited with doctors at the Children’s Hospital of MI to learn more about sickle cell anemia. My mentee learned by doing. As you can imagine, three of the “7-Cs” were used from start to finish. The critical skills used were communications (oral and written), collaboration, and cooperation. After preparing a display board and presentation which included slides showing normal and sickled cells, my mentee felt more confident and capable of achieving more than she thought she could. She was the first one to present and consequently became a leader by setting the example of what an ideal presentation should look and sound like. 

This extremely rewarding experience, for both of us, occurred more than 10 years ago. We are still in contact with each other today. I would encourage everyone to invest their time in making a difference in a young child’s life using PBL. The impact you make can be life changing for you and them.

Best regards, Lisa

Lisa Harvey Roach, PMP, ACB, CL
PMIGLC Ambassador to Toastmasters

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PMIĀ® News

PMI® Organizational Agility Conference - September 12, 2018
All organizations, whether small or large, need individuals who understand how important and impactful adaptability and agility are to overall success. By attending this virtual event you will learn how you can help your organization embrace the opportunities in change, disruption, and transformation. Learn more.

Join Us For PMI® Global Conference 2018
PMI® Global Conference 2018 is our flagship event, attracting thousands of like-minded professionals for three days of top-notch learning, networking and fun. You’ll build instantly applicable skills, hear from high-energy speakers and form lasting friendships. All while celebrating being part of a global community of change champions. Learn more

Checkout the Webinars Offered on ProjectManagement.com
Register for live and play on-demand webinars on projectmanagement.com.

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Welcome New Members

Welcome New Chapter Members Who Joined in August

Raquel Akram
Michelle Bosway
Dawn Bublitz
Michael Budzinski
Animesh Chowdhury
Thomas Clemons, Jr.
Lidia Constantin
Nicole DeLeon
Brynn Dery
Patricia DiMichele
Christopher Eastman
Michael Fischer
Beth Garfield
Carlos Gonzalez
Brit Gooden

Ravi Sankar Kavutarapu
Gerald Kolynuk
Cynthia Luciani
Kristin Mannino
Thirumurthi Ranganathan
Cesario Solarte, III
Wade Solomon
Heather Szczesny
Rangarajan Tirumala
Michael White
Terri White

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