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Geetanjali Bhat

Author: Geetanjali Bhat

Event Report:Breaking Down Barriers- 5 Decisions for a Successful Mindset

We have perhaps thought of what we want to be many times, but have we ever thought of how we are behaving? If we correlate “what we want to be” with “how we behave” we might learn that we actually behave exactly opposite of “what we want to be.”

Those were the introduction words by the great achiever and tremendously successful lawyer, musician, sportsman, and speaker …. Mr. Matthias Berg

We define a goal, we see the stones laid on our path, but as we walk on this path arranged to reach our goal, the stones turn out to be white flowers! There will always be stones in our paths, converting them to flowers can only be through our successful mindset. That’s exactly was today’s topic from our keynote speaker:Breaking Barriers for A Successful Mindset

Coordination between “What we want to be” and “How we behave” is what we need to master to achieve a good mindset. Today’s Keynote speaker Matthias Berg took us through his tough life journey, accomplishing huge successes in his vocations and in his life breaking the biggest barrier of all ----“MINDSET”
Walking through the five most important decisions for a successful mindset, he says to achieve our goals, the biggest barrier to overcome is from within.
Let me walk-through the amazing story of this speaker who enlightened us with the unleashed power we have within us – “MINDSET”

  1. Good mindset helps us to have good life and tune our career goals.

  1.      Diversity and Inclusion
  2.      Fine-tune your mindset to set goals, determining whether they are good goals and whether they serve a purpose. You must know the reason why you want to have each of your goals.
  3.      How do we see the World? Is dependent on what experiences we get in life.
  4.      Changing the paradigm from asking” why” to ask “what for”.

Mr. Matthias Berg says the difference between “I have to” and “I want to” is the energy engaged to accomplish it. That energy will make us excellent in our work. The proof of that are his achievements a total of 27 medals (11 gold, 10 silver and 6 bronze), being one of the most successful disabled athletes in the world and still achieving more. He currently represents disabled sports in national and international committees.

It is not important to think where fate puts us, but what we create (positively) out of it. He studied music and law simultaneously and started playing the horn at the age of just 7 years old, which led to several stories under the “Diversity and Inclusion” topic. And makes us believe the success impact is stronger when the way we see the World.

Most of us in many tough situations we do question our minds as “Why Me?” He proposes that we switch the question to “What For?”, we can better train our minds to work to find our goals and know the reasons why we need to work for those goals.

At the end, we got to know the five important short decisions to boost our mindset:

  1. The secret of mastering a skill or job is willpower. Taking action is the prime most decision of our mindset.  Successful decision lies in getting it done. As he says most of the time management issues can be resolved when we look for a “GO FOR” rather than discussions and meetings.
  2. Responsibility: “Response-ability” is actually a combination of response and ability. Responsibility starts in our minds through thoughts, words and actions. Its important to control them. He believes strongly and as it can be seen in his life: “The ability to cope with changes comes when you are better in responsibility”
  3. Focus on ability and not on disability: talent is a combination of awareness and conviction. He says when we strengthen our strengths, we will never stumble down.
  4. Treat others the way we want to be treated ourselves: This is a Golden Rule, we need to adapt in our lives as a clever project manager to give in better and never give up. Like in a team building, we can enjoy more when we have a good atmosphere. The person responsible for a good team building lies on the Project Manager which finally sums up his belief: “Giving gives a good feeling that finally gives a good power”!
  5. Finally, he declared that the most important part of everyone’s life is Self-Discipline. Self-discipline is a rhythm that is combination of energy source, freedom, health, project, and work-life balance. He believes and implements one important rule in self-discipline “Stick to a plan

The audience this evening was captivated by our great speaker’s energy and enthusiasm. He concluded the session through his great learnings and experiences stating “Our mindset is the precondition to success” following OTC (Optimism Thankfulness and Cordiality) in every step of our life’s journey.



















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Author: Adi Muslic, PMP

Happy New Year!

You have heard it many times in the last couple of weeks and certainly you asked yourself what this year would be like.

This year will certainly be marked by the trade war, Brexit, EU-Swiss negotiations and many other events that we cannot even foresee. There will also be many factors in your surrounding environment that you will need to take into consideration when planning or delivering your projects. The awareness of the world around us is one of the skills we will need in 2019.

We can foresee with high certainty that the trend of changing business models will continue with larger use of AI and machine learning. The more we know the more we want to change. This also means that we will need to be in the front rows leading and promoting change. The earlier we start the earlier we get comfortable doing it. Attend PMI events to get inspired. Share your experiences and help others.

I wish you many very happy project moments in 2019.

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Author: Irina Petkova, PMP

Dear Members,

Another exciting year full of events has passed for all of us! I truly hope you enjoyed what we have offered you, learned many new skills and tips, created fruitful connections, and were excited and enthused each time to come back.

The statistics for 2018 show we have achieved our goal with at least 8 events per region and overall attendance of 1,250+ participants which is a 7% increase from the last year.

Thank you for trusting us and always motivating us to deliver better service to you.

Of course these achievements would not be possible without the diligent, daily efforts, and time and loyalty of the events regional teams led by Stefan Vesenmeier, Larisa Aragon and Gessami Sanchez Olle (Basel), Prasanth Nair and Aristeidis Matsokis (Zurich), Thijs Wijnands and Julia Ovcinnikov (Romandie).

Sincere gratitude to them and their teams for making our events’ experience in Switzerland memorable and unique.

We've also faced challenges, and to address them we need your support. To organize even greater events we need to combine our efforts in finding opportunities for more sponsorship to our events.

We will be happy to be guests at your work premises where you, your colleagues and other members can benefit from our professionalism to handle all small details before, during and after a great evening event is delivered to you.

Please reach out to any of the volunteers in the events team that you know to take this step further.

Thank you again and Happy New Year to you and your families.

Interim President

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Kerzerslauf 2019

Saturday, 16 March 2019, it is!

Move into action and join our PMI Swiss Running Team

 Streckenplan 19

What's in for you as PMI member? 

You are invited for an après-run apéro in Kerzers from 15 to 17 pm opposite the train station at "Club Cafe Bahnhof".

Club Cafe Bahnhof
Bahnhofplatz 16
3210 Kerzers

For the apéro, register through Eventbrite after logging in to

 PMI Running Team 2018 org

For the run, register individually and directly at the event website: 

Closing date for registration is Monday, 24 February 2019.

Who: PMI Switzerland Chapter members
What: We are targeting fun at the the 15 km run; and now available at the same event are also 10 km and 5 km runs
For the apéro, register through Eventbrite after logging in to
For the run, register individually and directly at the event website:
By when: For the run, closing date for registration is Monday, 24 February 2019


Value driven by ambition. Here 3 good reasons for your WHY. 

  • Getting fit, being fit, staying fit… not only for Project Management but also for yourself. 
  • Proving that performance measures, metrics and goals are a Project Manager's juicy game… that goes beyond status reports. 
  • Sharing your love for running with your PMI colleagues from all regions in Switzerland. 



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Author: Daniel Rodellar, PMP

We closed 2018 with a great event in Lausanne on 6 December by Sally Fisher, founder of AH!HA moments. Sally was a former lawyer with Linklaters and Consulting Partner with Deloitte, who now runs her own international leadership development practice.

The new year 2019 starts now and the resolutions lists are popping up... I have a proposal for you to add on your resolutions for 2019 based on this thought-provoking confidence event!

Instead of subscribing to the gym and give up after first sessions, experiment the following: at the end of the week, on your commuting home, roll back the whole week and look for successes. Write them down, as this will be your evidence basis when you lack confidence.


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It will confirm and illustrate:

  • When have I been in a similar situation and succeeded?
  • What did I do that can help me now?
  • If I did it previously, why did it or did it not work now?

Sally led an engaging and entertaining exploration into how we can build more confidence and develop our ability to more consistently deliver peak performance under pressure.

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She shared her career experience defined by peaks of confidence and periods of crisis of confidence, with the goal to understand what drives the peaks.

How much of an edge do we need to have to get a promotion? Just 5% can make a change! Sally asked us to name an achievement that meant something to us obtained on last week. It took some time to get everyone answering that question. It is important to recognize success!! Are you looking for what you could do better or celebrate what your teams do well?

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The impostor syndrome was first found in Hollywood actors. Most of the people experience this when they get promoted. You need to identify what your trigger is for loss of confidence (feeling unprepared, not knowing how to answer, etc).

Once in this situation, we have the choice on how we respond to it: we could back away from the opportunity, we could simulate we know the answer, etc. You need to recognize the feeling that your body triggers and then DOUBT YOUR DOUBT!

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Take a workout mentality to work, like you do with physical fitness, and it will make you stronger with time. Embrace the pain and welcome the challenges.

We agreed that it is quicker to identify what is worrying us than successes. When we worry we tend to try to solve all the problems, but we should start with the first action that we could take. And solve it, step by step.

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Sally shared the amazing story about her reading of the horoscope one month that was said “Everything you touch will turn to gold!” With this message, everything was so easy because she acted as if it were true, and she did plenty of first actions that ultimately delivered results. It is about your mindset and your physiology (body language).

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You believe what you tell yourself! We did an exercise about repeating sentences like “I’m weak and tired” versus “I’m powerful and strong!” and our body reacts accordingly. Master your mindset and act, because the environment can be toxic. You could for example repeat 3 times “I’m strong, I’m powerful and I’m calm” (the last one to avoid breaking anything or being too aggressive…).

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We ended the event with some questions from the audience related to how to position yourself for a promotion (by formulating it as: how could I help them make the best decision?) and also related to the impostor syndrome (move towards your trigger – physically, remember your successes database and smile, then get back to normal…).

You can find Sally online at her company's web page:

Before leaving, remember: at the end of the week, while commuting home, roll back the whole week and look for successes. Write them down, as this will be your evidence base when you lack confidence. And doubt your doubts!

See you next event!