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PMI Switzerland Newsletter - September 2017
Author: Carlos Martinez, PMP
Dear Members and Newsletter Subscribers,
In this month's editorial I would like to talk about professional development.
"You have to leave the comfort zone" to progress in work and to be closer to satisfying professional ambitions and most probably also personal. Many of us have heard this before, a phrase that invites us to abandon a hypothetical comfort and routine in which we are submerged, and which prevents us from posing truly motivating goals with a true impact. I have read, that psychologically, the comfort zone is a state of mind where the person remains passive before their life experiences, and finds relief in a smooth routine, it has been described as "the board of our circumstances, of the reasonable, of what we are expected to do. Everything that makes us feel comfortable and well. "
It is therefore welfare something that plays against professional progress? It seems that being in a hypothetical area of comfort is not something negative, but limiting. It distances us from another area where there may be learning, growth or development and whose exploration is fundamental to acquire new knowledge. We may have also heard that the term comfort has come to be identified as indolence or inertia, and to be used as a "throwing weapon against workers".
Others like to explain it by giving a positive turn to the definition or perception of comfort zone, and defining it as the area where one is motivated, the place where one has reasons to do what he/she wants to do and they feel good, not accommodated or demoralized.
In this regards it is the task of a manager to define contexts and objectives where people are satisfied, and a balance between three elements: a fair level of anxiety, an optimal activation and an efficient and profitable performance for the business. Because an excess of stress, caused by the uncertainty that generates a radical change, will play against the worker.
Each worker has their own aspirations, their personal contexts and their respective obligations. Therefore, each one has its priorities and its particular zone of comfort, there is no magic recipe that can be given without taking into account the individual character of each case.This may vary according to each indivudual's reality, values, goals, there are a number of variables that influence its definition. There may be motives that make sense for us to stay in it at any given time, because what we can gain can be more or less than what we already have.
At the end, it is up to us to decide what we want and want we want to do about it, this may require a little push, therefore I recommend to share this with someone we know will listen to us and will provide good feedback.
I leave it there...
Keep enjoying the weather and of course the newsletter.
Authors: David Fowler, PMP
29 new members joined our Chapter, bringing the active membership to 1,515 as at the end of July. A warm welcome to all !
Congratulations also to the members who obtained certifications in July.
The following members provided information about themselves: Brandon Satre, Gessami Sanchez, Frank Kinces, Thomas Huguenel and Marc Woodfield.
Message from the Board
Author: Irina Petkova, PMP
Dear Project Managers,
I have once again the privilege to share with you my thoughts and I will continue with the theme on volunteering.
At the beginning of the year I was confessing to you my personal experience and why I was volunteering for PMI-CH Chapter. This time I will go broader and will try to urge you to truly see the reason why we as human beings should consider really seriously “giving back” to the society we live, in any forms we find it relevant to us.
You may ask why I am using the PMI-CH Message from the Board platform to talk about this and the answer is very simple. Before being members to anything we are individuals on this earth who now unfortunately observe every single day tragedies conducted by other individuals happening just next to us. The main objective of any organization is to stay relevant and to try to contribute positively to the surrounding environment. As you know we are volunteers driven association and as I firmly believe that serving to others voluntary makes us better people that can strive to make the world a greater place, I feel I have the responsibility and should use this opportunity to persuade you even more in the volunteering challenge.
I am sure many can find excuses of too much work or other duties whenever someone asks them would you be interested in volunteering. Or those that agree are triggered mainly by personal aspirations for growth, which was my initial reason as well by the way.
But my message to you today is do not look for excuses or self-driven ambitions, just think that we are all here for limited amount of time and how our lives and those of our children will be depend mainly on our joint efforts to serve compassionately and passionately to each other. So whether you decide to volunteer to our Chapter that will help our Project Managers community to flourish and like that be beneficial to all of us, or to volunteer in a completely different area where you feel you can contribute and make a difference for good, be sure that all matter and every single simple effort brings us closer to the world we want to live in.
And last but not least it is good to remind ourselves that “Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.” – Sherry Anderson. J
I wish you all the best and good luck in your journeys!
Irina PetkovaVP Professional Development
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Author: Serge Garazi, PMP
PMI Switzerland has the pleasure to inform you that you can now be directly informed of upcoming PMI events in your area!
Kind regardsSerge GaraziVP Operations
Event Report – Ethical Leadership and Decision Making: The Business Case on 24.08.2017 in Lausanne
Author: David Fowler, PMP
"Today is a good day"
It was indeed a good day for those who attended the first PMI event in Lausanne after the summer break. The speaker, Olivier Lazar, needed no introduction as a former president of the PMI Switzerland Chapter and well known presenter at distinguished PMI events worldwide.
The evening kicked off with an open question to the packed audience: “do you work for an ethical employer”? This thought-provoking introduction set the scene for an enlightening journey along the theme of ethical leadership and decision making.
Why is ethical leadership a key differentiator in today’s competitive workplace? Why is it so important for the employer to be trusted by its employees here.
Event Report –Understand complexity and how to navigate it: playing the Cynefin playing cards on 24th August in Basel
Author: Author: Carlos Martinez, PMP
We as humans can solve very complex situations, but to become more effective in dealing with these we have to learn how to manage them, Cynefin, pronounced kun-EV-in, is a methodology developed by Dave Snowden in 1999, when he worked at IBM, that enables managers to identify how they perceive situations, and to make sense of their own and other people's behaviour.
Cynefin offers five contexts or "domains" of decision-making: complex, complicated, chaotic, obvious and disorder (the center).
The obvious domain represents the "known knowns". With tight constraints, no degree of freedom whatsoever and solved with best practices. Obvious problems are first sensed, the categorized and finally responded. You typically do that when you apply a standard solution to a standard problem.
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Contributors: Serge Garazi, PMP David Fowler, PMP Carlos Martinez, PMP Irina Petkova, PMP Daniele Pinto, PMP Mark Veraguth Copy Editor: Carlos Martinez, PMPTechnical Editor: Sebastian Dutkowski, PMPPublication Director: Daniel Rodellar, PMP
The PMI Switzerland Chapter is a non-profit professional business organization, and is a chartered chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI), Newtown Square, PA, USA.Views and opinions expressed in the newslettter are those of the authors and, unless otherwise stated, do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the chapter or PMI or imply partnership.
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