Project Management for Change
November 2018 Newsletter

Thankful Project Management

The holidays are here, and there is much to be thankful for. Our family, friends, and many more. However, as project managers, we should also be thankful for our teams! By motivating and inspiring team members through acknowledgement, along with improving relationships and interactions, we are able to positively impact our projects and project teams. In addition to these reasons, Judith Umlas provides multiple principles to guide us in enhancing teams:

  • The world is full of people who deserve to be acknowledged
  • Acknowledgement builds trust and intimacy and creates powerful interactions on project teams.
  • Acknowledgment neutralizes, defuses, deactivates, and reduces the effect of jealousy and envy among project team members!
  • Recognizing good work among project team members leads to high energy, great feelings, high-quality performance, and terrific results.
  • Truthful, heartfelt, and deserved acknowledgment always makes a difference, sometimes a profound one, in a project team member's life and work.
  • It is likely that acknowledgment can improve the emotional and physical health of both the giver and the receiver on project teams. Practice different ways of getting through to the people on your team you want to acknowledge. 


Carl Pritchard suggests that to generate value with your thanks, we should:

  • Identify specifically what you're praising the individuals for and the benefits derived from their performance
  •  Recognize the special and specific contributions of the individuals
  •  Acknowledge any hardships they have have had in the process of helping you, and let them know that you plan to avoid creating such hardships in the future
  •  Let them know that you appreciate them. Not their work. Them. 


And of course, during this time of giving thanks, we, at Project Management for Change, are thankful for YOUWithout your support, enthusiasm, and generosity, we would not be able to host our many Project Management Day of Service events around the world. 


Upcoming PMDoS Event: Washington, D.C. Region 

January 19, 2019 in College Park, MD 


Whether you are a nonprofit looking for pro bono project management help or are a project manager looking to give back to your community, DC19 PMDoS will have something for you! Learn more and register for our 5th annual Project Management Day of Service here.


Wanted: Business Development Lead 
Do you have experience in sponsorship or fundraising? We're looking for you! We’re seeking a Business Development Lead to champion these efforts for our pro-bono events and services.

Wanted: Communications 
Do you have experience working with public relations, editing, or developing newsletters? We're looking for multiple Communications Team Members to support our communication efforts.

Please visit Idealist for list of current volunteer positions and details. Do you have talents and skills which aren't listed? Reach out to to receive information about other opportunities. 


How An Authentic 'Thank You' Can Change Your Workplace Culture



Not only does giving thanks boost productivity in the workplace, generosity improves well-being, mental strength, is contagious, and most of all, increases job satisfaction. Read more on Forbes


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Thanksgiving Dinner and Project Management?


With the hustle and bustle of preparing Thanksgiving dinner, you'll need to plan accordingly to accommodate cooking time, time to make side dishes, how many people are coming, and much more. You'll soon realize that if you didn't plan ahead, dinner may be delayed or run into other issues. 


As a project manager, we see these align pretty well with project planning, identifying dependencies, critical paths, and more. The next time you have to explain project management to a team, use the "Turkey training" method, as discussed by Faye, to teach teams about project scheduling.


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