By Anna Gumabon
BECOME AN EFFECTIVE CHANGE LEADER
- was the theme of
the 12th IPM Day Seminar held on November 2, 2017 at the
Palace in Somerset, NJ. The day-long affair was hosted by
PMINJ and was attended by close to 450 participants. The
attendees were welcomed by Judy Balaban, PMINJ President and
Darlaine Scott McCoy, VP Symposium.
J. Davidson Frame, Academic Dean at UMT, took the stand and
congratulated PMINJ on its 35th anniversary. He also spoke
on behalf of the PMI Board and introduced the Global PMI
Board members. He said that with the significant growth of
PMI memberships and PMP certifications worldwide, the Global
Board members are looking into the future direction of
Project Management in areas such as Strategy Execution,
The opening keynote was delivered by Andy Crowe on the topic
“Motivating Project Teams.” Andy, founder and CEO of
Velociteach, talked about how experts and their motivation
theories have evolved over time. In the end, three key
things will help project teams: One, Autonomy of the teams
where they are empowered to make decisions; Two, Right skill
sets of the team members; and, Three, A clear vision and
impactful goals of the project.
Mark Brown presented the topic “ATE Ways Leaders Get Things
Done" and he described the following eight ways: Educate,
Delegate, Participate, Relate, Motivate, Appreciate,
Communicate and Dedicate. Mark, a champion of public
speaking, added some flavor to the presentation by citing
movies and TV serials (Rocky III, Intern, etc.) to connect
and describe each of the ways where project managers can
learn from the situations and find some use for it.
Mike Weber's presentation on “Breaking the Unwritten Rules
of Project Management” focused on five rules that affect
projects: Possibility, Capability, Importance, Engagement,
and Growth. While unwritten rules are not formally written,
they still govern behavior and actions and influence
mindsets in organizations. Mike is founder of Leadership
Institute and consults for Southwestern Consulting. His wit
and use of visuals elicited a lively and fun interaction
with the audience.
Joanna Eckton, a transformation technology leader, did the
closing keynote on “How to Get Your Team Energized for
Creativity, Collaboration and Customer Results.” She said in
order to win, you need the best team. Culture can’t be
changed it can only be influenced.
Throughout the event and in-between presentations, attendees
had the chance to reconnect with colleagues and friends,
make new connections, meet sponsors to learn about their
offerings and get updates about PMINJ Chapter activities /
volunteer opportunities. Some lucky attendees also won
prizes from sponsor and chapter raffles.
Event host Mayuri Trehan thanked everyone for coming to
formally close the event.