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PMI Switzerland Newsletter - August 2018
Author: Carlos Martinez, PMP
Dear Members and Newsletter Subscribers,
Are you on vacation or already back form it? Or maybe your vacation hasn't yet begun? How important is it to take vacation?Work is something that never ends, at least I have the feeling that no matter how organized I try to be, how much I delegate or how many extra hours I spend working, the list of task seems to grow instead of shrink!My personal experience is that vacation is needed, it is good for mental and physical health! And in most cases we come back with the batteries charged and willing to actually go back to work.Taking vacation is good for the worker and the employer. It is a win-win situation. I cannot remember from where, but I read that before and after vacation, workers are way more productive than during the rest of the year... before we go on vacation we try to leave as much as possible clarified and tied, so that things can be done whilst we are away, and then when we return there are again so many things that have been solved that again our productivity increases exponentially. Sound familiar to you?
To end, and talking from experience, vacation should be taken regularly, on the running year. That is what it is for. Again, work will never end, trust me!Now I leave you to it, enjoy the break and get some sun, it is also good for your health.Regards,CarlosCopy Editor
Author: Alp Camci, PMP
41 new members joined our Chapter, bringing the active membership to 1645 as at the end of June.A warm welcome to all !Congratulations also to the members who obtained certifications in June: 1 PMI-ACP, 2 CAPM, 6 PMP and 1 PfMPThe following members provided information about themselves: Natalia Santisi and Eva Schlosser.
Message from the Board
Author: Karolina Letowska, PMP
As you might already have heard, 2018 is a year of changes in PMI Global. It is also a time for changes in the PMI Switzerland Financial Department. A new VP Finance has been elected, we are currently building a new team and will be looking at the processes to align them with the PMI Global Financial Guide.Looking back over the past few months, when I had the chance to contact Finance VPs from other Chapters, I am really positive that the planned changes within controlling and reporting are going to be in profit for our members and volunteers.As with the previous year, the budget was planned accurately which is a clear indication that the current process has been firmly established. Nevertherless we need to look at the PMI Global guides and make sure we are close to their requirements. A number of improvements worthy of mention will take place in the second half of the year. For instance, the monthly payment reports sent to the board members and auditors, collaboration with events team, reserves policy and annual information for members. For this to be made a reality, new volunteers have joined the Finance Team and the members of the Board have been actively participating in the controlling process.The path for improvement has been laid out, hence the second half of 2018 will find PMI standards on a sounder foundation.Best regardsKarolinaVP Finance
Extended Get to Know
Dear Members and Newsletter Subscribers,In July edition you may have noticed a new section for extended Get to Know articles in our monthly newsletter, presenting an interview with Dr. Andrea Behrends, our first president in the PMI Switzerland Chapter.I would like to take this chance to explain the idea behind this new initiative and ask for candidates who would like to be presented in this new section in the upcoming newsletters.Most of you are aware of the Get to Know concept where we welcome our new members and new certificate holders and give them a chance to introduce themselves to the PMI Switzerland Chapter community.Nevertheless, this is only a start for a long journey in the chapter and as time passes, valuable experiences are build up differently for each of us. With the extended version of the Get to Know, we would like to give the opportunity to our members to speak about their challenges in the Project Management profession, ideas about the evolution of the Project Management role over the coming years, their experiences in the PMI Switzerland Chapter and foresights for the further development of the PMI and Swiss Chapter.The volunteers to participate in this section will be either interviewed face to face during the chapter events or remotely by telephone or e-mail depending on the availability and personal preferences.If you are interested to participate in Extended- Get to Know, please send me an e-mail at email@example.com.
webinar training on PMI Social Media Guidelines
Authors: Diana Lagalante and Daniel Rodellar, PMP
Today’s communications are mainly performed through Social Networks. Most of us are users of these networks to communicate to our friends, family, colleagues and business partners. These communication tools require, as any other tool, some training and get to know the best practices. Members and volunteers of the PMI Switzerland chapter can attend the dedicated upcoming Social Media Guidelines online training webinar that was put in place by the Marketing & Social Media team.We target September for the webinar to be available!The goals of the free-of-charge webinar are to inform members and volunteers on PMI Digital & Social Media Channels, to train them on how to communicate and post correctly all PMI related events, news, workshops, etc respecting our new social media guidelines.The registration link will be available soon on our social media channels. Stay tuned!
Managing Newsletter content during Summer periods - 2018
Author: Daniel Rodellar, PMP
Like the previous years, summer period is a challenging period for the Newsletter team because PMI events are paused during summer, so it means less articles are available, and the team takes some days off, which decreases availability. We are missing content and resources, so it creates a very complicated situation to publish, on the usual first Monday of the month.All the points I stated already last year in an article published in August 2017 newsletter are still valid!We got the article published in the Linkedin page and got some likes and a comment. Laure Kaelin was sharing that during summer she likes to organize some cleaning routine: “Tidy desk + tidy mailbox = tidy mind”. Definitively, I cannot agree more!In fact, for the Inbox, I try this method the whole year. My tools are labels / Categories and also filters. With these two I ensure that most on my incoming emails are correctly labeled, so I can prioritize on what I want to focus, and that for some of them, they do not even appear on my Inbox, I just see them if I go to their folder. Same kind of implementation on my Gmail and on the Outlook client, for my different email accounts.Summer is a good period to read all these extra emails that are classified as not urgent, not critical, by my automatic filtering. And the good news is that I succeeded multiple times to get an inbox to zero. It does not mean there are no tasks to do or emails to respond, it means all the important ones were read and will be treated, and it means it is time to concentrate on the ones labeled IMPORTANT.As we did last year, I will also publish this article on the PMI group to get some feedback, and see what your favorite summer activities are, and why not, how do you handle your emails to get a tidy mind!Enjoy the summer!Daniel
Contributors: Alp Camci, PMP Diana Lagalante Karolina Letowska, PMP Carlos Martinez, PMP Paolo Marco Ripamonti, PMP Daniel Rodellar, PMPCopy 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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