Congratulations Newly-Elected Officers!
Welcome to your new, or continuation, of your current role:
VP. Communications - Dana Fix
VP. Marketing - Anthony Amalraj
|VP. Outreach -
Dr. Ann Skinner
|VP. Professional Development -
Michigan Governor Proclaims November "Project Management Month"
WHEREAS, during this month of November, we join with the Project Management Institute – Great Lake Chapter to raise awareness of the Project Management Profession in Michigan. We recognize Project Managers as key contributors to every aspect of industry in our great state of Michigan and we encourage citizens to explore and learn more about Project Management career opportunities;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 2018 as Project Management Month in Michigan.
The link to the 2018 proclamation has not yet been posted on the State of Michigan website, but you can view 2017's proclamation here.
2018 Business Meeting and Networking - December 10
The December Business Meeting will consists of the following topics:
- Chapter Governance
- 2018/2019 Officers
- Operations Model
Mission and Vision
- 2019 Operations Review
- 2018 Accomplishments
- Financial Review
- VP Reports
- 2019 Events and Plans
Watch for Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities!
Check the website for upcoming events.
PMIGLC Awards Scholarship to Nathan Ruffer, PMP
Nathan plans to apply the scholarship money towards an MBA with a concentration in project management.
Nathan Ruffer serves Waséyabek Development Company, LLC as the Business Development Analyst and Marketing Manager. Mr. Ruffer holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan as well as two certificates from Michigan State University. He is currently continuing his education through the pursuit of a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in project management at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mr. Ruffer earned his Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification in August of 2018.
Mr. Ruffer launched his professional life in the management segment of golf course and landscape design & maintenance before moving into turf industry distribution and sales. In 2013, he was hired by Jacobsen, A Textron Company. During his tenure, Mr. Ruffer played a crucial role in opening seven new Jacobsen Direct facilities across the eastern half of the United States. He collaborated with multiple cross-functional teams to guide the acquisition of commercial real estate and complete the necessary renovations to each building from which to facilitate the factory direct sales and service of turf maintenance equipment. Mr. Ruffer has utilized multiple marketing platforms to build and manage websites, develop email campaigns, and create a wide range of literature to drive increased sales and service revenue throughout his career.
Mr. Ruffer resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife and three boys. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling, photography, studying astronomy, playing his French horn, and leading Scouting activities.
Communicating Across Generations
In today’s workplace, there can be up to five generations working together. As a leader, it is imperative that you know how to interact with the various groups and how to get them interacting with each other in a cooperative manner to get the work done. Communicating across generations is a skill all good leaders must master. While it can be challenging, it is not impossible.
Whether you are working with different generations in a work environment or volunteer setting, it is important to remember to focus first on what you have in common then seek to understand your differences through open, honest, and respectful dialogue.
Defining the Generations
Generation Birth Years* Age in 2017 Famous Icons
Silent 1928-1945 89-72 Warren Buffet, Judy Garland
Baby Boom 1946-1964 71-53 Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey
Generation X 1965-1980 52-37 Cindy Crawford, Leonardo DiCaprio
Millennial 1981-1996 36-21 Beyoncé Knowles, Mark Zuckerberg
Generation Z 1997-TBD 20-TBD Shawn Mendes, Zendaya
*Per Pew Research Center
A generation is defined as an entire body of people born and living around the same time. These individuals often have shared experiences as they are growing up, especially in America. For example, members of the silent generation were impacted by the Great Depression, Boomers by the Civil Rights Movement, Gen Xers by two working parents and the rise of the divorce rate, Millennials by the Columbine shootings, and members of Gen Z by smart phones.
It is important not to stereotype or assume all people of a certain age fit into a certain category. The way people think and behave is greatly influenced by their upbringing, their parents, their own perceptions, personality, and more. Look at each person as unique and having the ability to contribute in their own way.
To communicate effectively with the different generations, try these suggestions:
Silent: Always show respect and use proper grammar. Present in a formal and logical manner.
Baby Boom: Communicate in person or by phone if possible. Note that body language is important too.
Gen X: Email communication is preferred by this group as well as short, informal communication.
Millennial: Listen to them first, then allow them to provide input. This group likes to communicate through text messages and email. They prefer an informal communication style.
Gen Z: Surprisingly, given that they are considered “digital natives,” meaning they have grown up entirely in the digital age, one survey showed 53 percent of participants born to this generation, preferred in-person communications over electronic tools like instant messaging and video-conferencing.
As a leader of a work team or team of volunteers, it is important to note that the basics of effective communication don’t change between generations. Being respectful, using good listening skills and being concise yet detailed when necessary, are always beneficial practices.
Embracing change, being open to different perspectives, and applying the “Golden Rule” will also help you on your journey to communicating across generations.
For more information, contact me at Lisa@LisaHarveyRoach.com
Best regards, Lisa
Lisa Harvey Roach, PMP, ACB, CL
PMIGLC Ambassador to Toastmasters
Welcome New Chapter Members Who Joined in October
David Aldrete Rosales
Nicholas Blake, J.D.
Edward Johnson, Jr.