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September 2017

 
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Chapter News

Capt. L. N. Prasad

PM Footprints: During the month of August, three PM Footprints sessions were held.

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On 3rd August 2017, Ms. P. Deepthi, Agile Program Champion of Philips, spoke on the topic "Go the extra Mile, with Agile”.

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On 17th August 2017, Mr. S. Srinivasan, Principal Consultant PM Power consulting spoke on the topic "Self-Organizing teams and the evaporating Manager”.

On 31st August 2017, Mr. H. B. Prasad, Professor and Head Centre for Information Security, Computer Science and Engineering, PES University, spoke on the topic "Cyber Security- the new frontier for Project Managers".

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All the talks were well attended and well received by the participants.

E&C PM Footprints 1st Anniversary Celebrations: On Saturday the 26th August 2017 the first anniversary of the E&C PM Footprints was held. To mark the occasion, in addition to the regular speakers, a panel discussion was also organized. Nearly 120 members participated in the event. Many of the 24 speakers who spoke during the past one year were present. They were all felicitated with a memento. The Keynote speaker of the day Mr. Nejeeb Khan, AIA RIBA, Founder and Managing Director, KGD Architecture India, spoke on the topic "New Age Construction Technologies". Later Mr. Vineet Sharma, Regional Head-AEC South and Srilanka, from Autodesk India Pvt. Ltd., an Invited speaker spoke on the topic "Trend Setter Technologies in Construction”.

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Later a panel discussion was held on the topic "Prepare to Embrace Disruptive Changes". The panellists were Mr. Vijay Pandey, Chief Consulting Officer Management Consulting Services, Mr. Harish M V, COO PDS, Jones Lang Lasalle, Mr. Anil Muthalik, VP-Projects Bharitya City Developers Pvt. Ltd. and Mr. S J Vijay, Chairman Salmon Leap Associates India Pvt. Ltd.

Agile Foundation:The one day Agile foundation training was held on 26th August 2017.

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The Art and Soul of Leadership

-Lata Subramanian

Leadership is primarily about grooming employees to punch above their weight. One way to achieve that is by nurturing employee self-development through exposure to the Arts and the Humanities. Help employees grow and flourish and so will the organization. Let's call it The Art and Soul of Leadership.

Central to the thought process I am positing here is the fact that an organization becomes a living entity only after people breathe life into it.

The life thus infused into a business becomes the soul of the organization and is labelled organizational culture. Conscious moulding of that life is the art and soul of leadership.

Key to understanding this seemingly abstract thinking are three simple facts.

First, people work to raise the quality of life for their families and selves. That being the case, people's anxieties mostly revolve around keeping a job and progressing enough in their career to satisfactorily provide for themselves and their families. These anxieties have increased with the introduction of artificial intelligence, outsourcing, contract labour and the rise of the on-demand and shared services economy.

Second, many a person is riddled with uncertainty on the job and is scared to ask for help. People need mentoring in professional and personal self-development. And organizations largely fail to provide it. Mostly, people are on their own. Which is why the world is divided between go-getters and also-rans. That's sad since many an also-ran could be a go-getter with some help. Why don't organizations have counsellors to help people in their quest for self-development and progress?

Third, people spend their maximum waking hours on the job. When the work environment is stimulating, caring and happy, people would look forward to another work day. In such a scenario, people will also feel more secure and contribute to the organization much more.

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How do you think roping in the Arts and the Humanities will aid employee self-development and actively nurture the soul of an organization?

Here are some ways:

Creativity and Innovation: One needs to be sensitized to the big picture for creative (innovative) breakthroughs. Unfortunately, daily work pressures leave very little room to walk the streets observing life go by. Or, just talk to people figuring out what makes them tick. The Arts and the Humanities are very good at understanding life, drawing the big picture and imagining the future. Actively engaging professionals from these streams may do wonders to stimulate creative thinking in employees. We know how people can be encouraged to dream of endless possibilities by holding discussions on books, movies and news within office hours. I am suggesting if organizations can bring in authors, musicians, theatre folk, etc., to help employees understand life and stimulate dreaming. Most people tend to live in their own narrow little worlds in an ever-expanding and changing universe. The Arts and the Humanities will help expand their horizons.

Communication Skills: There are two aspects to excellent communication. One, what is the message you wish to convey. And two, how well that message is expressed. Who better than an author, music artist or theatre personality to teach communication skills and creative expression?

Teamwork: Perhaps one of the biggest challenges faced by leadership everywhere is instituting a culture of teamwork. How does one get a group of people to pull together in the direction the organization needs them to? It's difficult because there is too much competition for the few slots available at the top. Worse, office politics can, and often does, kill good ideas.

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Bringing people together through Arts and Humanities will help people understand life, themselves, the big picture and also helps break the ice. Take music for example. Nothing works as well as music to soothe tempers. According to Leonid Pervolsky (Harvard University), music actually helps navigate a world rife with contradictions. Consider that nothing works magic like a discussion on a good movie or book. It's neutral ground and of interest to all. It's also a great way to demonstrate that people can work together to understand, analyse and draw inspiration. I recently got my team together and held a discussion on the film ‘The Imitation Game’. I used it as case material to teach my team the role human psychology plays in arriving at breakthrough insights. We spent an hour in a state of animation and camaraderie. Another time, I organized a musical lunch to provide a stress breaker. Needless to say, it worked. And, the strains of music and food aromas bought many a curious colleague to our corner of the Sterling office.

Being a Good Employer: I recently came across this great article, ‘Companies Led By Moral Bosses Are Actually More Profitable’. It reports on a study conducted by leadership consulting firm KRW International, which concludes that good character also means good business. Amongst other character traits, the KRW report highlighted 'virtuoso CEOs' as standing up for the right issues, expressing concern for others and showing empathy. What better way to show empathy than to nurture the self-development of employees? What better way than to develop an organizational culture where management of companies serve as a parent or guru to employees? And like parents do with their children, nurture employees to progress and grow. One good way to achieve that is by facilitating employees to realize their full potential, and perhaps self-actualize, with the help of professionals from the Arts and the Humanities.

The soul is touched by music. A soul is known by its values. And the soul of an organization is influenced by the actions of its leadership.

To quote John C. Maxwell, “Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another.”

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1st Anniversary of E&C PM Footprints

The 1st Anniversary of E&C PM Footprints was conducted by PMI Bangalore India Chapter on 26th August. On this special occasion, industry thought leaders from E&C participated and spoke about the future of construction industry, emerging trends and technologies. The keynote speech was delivered by Mr. Nejeeb Khan, Founder & Managing Director of KGD Architecture.

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He informed that the construction industry is the 3rd largest industry in our country and the 2nd highest contributor to our GDP. He spoke on innovations & new age construction technologies and also emphasized on the need to innovate architectural design. He supported the idea of mid rise buildings over the high rise buildings in India with more focus on eco friendly approach. He expressed concern on the exploding population and the challenges for the construction industry to build houses for all of them. He explained about the various challenges faced by the construction and engineering industry viz., bringing professionalism in the construction industry, single window clearance for construction projects & environment friendly construction using green architecture. He described the latest innovative construction technologies like Light gauge steel constructions, 3D printing,

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Timber wood, etc. He also shared his vision about a futuristic self sustaining construction idea which would decentralize and reduce the dependencies on external factors.

Mr. Vineet Sharma, Regional Head – AEC, Auto Desk, delivered a speech on Trend Setter Technologies in Construction. He shared his thoughts on emerging challenges in the construction industry from Urbanization to Globalization and digitalization. He informed the forum about the drawbacks in the current analog mode in the construction industry and weighed the benefits of switching over to digital mode. Technological spend in the construction industry is 1.2% of investment compared to manufacturing industry at 3.3% of investment. The move to digital will save a lot of dollars annually. He stressed upon the construction industry to follow BIM (Building Information modelling) where intelligent information is shared during the entire project life cycle. He highlighted the emerging trends in the technology that will be game changers for the construction industry. The new technologies that will address challenges in the E&C industry will be high definition survey, digital collaboration, industrialization of construction industry, IOT & Machine learning.

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Panel Discussion – Prepare to Embrace Disruptive Changes

Mr. Anil Muthalik – VP Projects, Bharthiya City Developers Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Harish M V- COO, Projects & Development Services, Jones Lang Lasalle

Mr. S J Vijay- Chairman, Salmon Leap Associates India Pvt. Ltd.

Hosted by Mr. Vijay Pandey, Chief Consulting Officer, Management Consulting Services

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The discussion mainly revolved around embracing the changes in technology, safety and skill set of the workforce. Latest technologies used in the construction industry like BIM, 3D monolithic precasting and its advantages were discussed in detail. There was a special emphasis on cutting down the construction cost, adhering to the timelines and making construction affordable. There was a mention about the need to have good governance which will take a long way in helping the construction industry in many ways. The entire panel appreciated PMI Bangalore Chapter for having organized this event where knowledge & experiences are shared to help one another and foresee the disruptive changes in the construction industry and prepare for it. The panel also discussed about the evolving role of the Project Managers in the construction industry and emphasized the need for specialization in Project Management.

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Why I attend every PM Footprints Session

... Because you don't know what you don't know.

-Nibu Thomas, PMP

That's at the top of the list. And I'll tell you why. I'm a certified PMP, so the PDUs are important. But I don't really need to attend every PM Footprints session. Between PM Footprints sessions and other learning programs I attend, I usually accumulate the necessary PDUs in the first year itself. (I carry over 20, so it's just 40 PDU that I need to accumulate.) And as you may realise later - I'm not even into core Project Management!
So why do I do it?

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I've always believed that innovation lies at the intersection of different sciences, technology, professions, processes, and even opinions. Which means I need to step outside what I usually do, and look at other arenas that could interlay with mine. Getting an outside perspective on different things keeps you well informed and gives you food to chew on. These in turn become ideas.

I'm in the information business. I do whatever it takes to gather as much as is possibly available. I may not remember everything all the time. But I've noticed that when the need arises, the fascinating thing that's between our ears will make some of what I learned - available. And this information helps solve specific problems. Problems I could not solve had it not been for an open mind.

A title and an abstract could often be misleading.

Many sessions are much better than what they are made out to be. Even the speaker is often unable to market her session adequately. Thus, the only way to find out if it will be relevant and useful, is to attend them all. Just going by a title, or an abstract is not enough. Of course, there will be a few sessions that you may have already listened to. But believe me, the Easter eggs that you find along the way, more than make up for it.

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The speaker is better than she knows she is.

Sometimes it's the topic. At other times, it's the speaker. If you are constantly trying to learn more than what's being taught/discussed, the chances of that happening goes up – sometimes in leaps and bounds. There's a lot you can learn from sessions where the information is not new. If you are alert, you can improve your observation and presentation skills. And this is not only from Good speakers. When the 'wrong' speaker is invited, you actually learn even more!

To make learning a habit.

You've committed to spending an hour (plus two in traffic!) to learning. I've promised myself that if I am in town, be it rain or more rain (the sun's usually down by this time), I will be a participant. And those two hours in traffic? Capitalize on it. Listen to podcasts. (Ask me, if you bump into me at a session, and I can recommend a few to you). They may not change your life. But they'll certainly make the traffic less irritating, and the ride/drive, more meaningful.
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We get a variety of speakers from different domains and companies and even from academics. I'm a big admirer of the way the Chapter picks its speakers. There's usually some takeaway from every session. This helps understand things from different perspectives. You get a chance to listen and even talk to different people from different domains and industries. If you are looking to change jobs, domains, industries, this is probably a watering hole to validate your footprints.

Over time, they become familiar to you. Which is when you -

Network.

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Get connected with people. Every now and then, even introverts like me will meet another interesting attendee. You never know who will come forward to help, during the rains. And of course, who it is that you can help. So, if I'm in town when there's a Footprints session, I'm usually among the first few to register. I seldom read the content of the topic, or see who the speaker is. It saves me time. I simply register as soon as I see the email. My calendar is blocked on every other Thursday. This not only reminds me of the session, but also lets the folks I work with know that I'm unavailable during those few hours.

Economics

Most attendees are PMI members. And as you know, these sessions are free for Chapter members. You needn't be an economist or an accountant to know that if you aren't attending, you are leaving money behind on the table.

And yeah, those vegetable spring rolls that are often served at the venue as snacks – they can be considered good bait as well!

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Ensuring the grass is always green on your side

- Raja Jamalamadaka

Last month, I was returning home from a business meeting and found myself using the services of a shared rickshaw which is the equivalent of a shared cab.

I squeezed in along with six other passengers who were already crammed inside the rickshaw. Along the journey, I realized that most of my co-passengers were daily wage earners. Whose conversations ranged from the biggest sale in town and the juiciest gossip from the film industry to the latest trends in the job market and advise to Narendra Modi on national progress. Although non-participative at first, I gradually found myself getting involved in the discussions.

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Soon, everyone started sharing struggles from their personal life. This was unusual for a corporate professional like me. But surprisingly, after a while, I found that I could empathise easily and I started sharing some of my own challenges. I felt much better opening up to a bunch of unknown co-passengers.

As we were about to reach the destination, I reflected upon my daily commute that's usually done in my car. There are no co-passengers, jokes or conversations; just phone calls from my office. I rarely exchange my phone number with anyone and almost never open up to people but in the rickshaw, I met such a lively bunch of co-passengers who had so much fun on the commute. I wished I had such company regularly.

Just then, one of my co- passengers noticed a lady in a car by the side of the road waving at our rickshaw. This was unusual for my co-passengers who couldn't figure out why a 'car owner' was interested in them. I looked out and realized that the lady was my wife. I got out of the rickshaw and, amidst the shocked looks of my co-passengers, got into the waiting car and waved them goodbye.

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As I turned towards my car, I overheard the conversations in the rickshaw. The discussion was about how lucky these 'car owners' are! They don't have to suffer while commuting via public transport. Neither they get bored with stray conversations nor they have to meet different people every day - they have so much privacy.

That small change in my routine commute deepened my understanding about several aspects of life. After all, how easy is it for us to think that others are better of than us? I clearly realized the importance of developing an attitude of gratitude for what I had - there were so many who would love to live the life I did.

I also realized how a small change in my routine can develop fresh perspectives on life.

The 21st century leadership lessons focus a lot on the need to establish routines – a google search on 'routines of successful leaders' leads to half a million results of everyone from Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg to Barack Obama. While routines build good habits, they reduce the activity of the conscious parts of the brain, drastically bringing down our curiosity and innovativeness.

So are routines useful or not? It is evident that to experience life in its fullest, both professionally and personally, it is imperative to develop a fine balance between following tested routines and breaking them as often as possible. The key to breaking routines is not in taking a vacation. Rather, the balance is achieved when we break routines often in everyday life.

Here are two steps that you could use to help maintain this balance well:

Perform routine tasks in a non -routine way:

Take a different route to work, change your airline the next time you travel, dine at a restaurant you never ate at before, walk barefoot, try a new cuisine, choose a different venue for your meetings, experience an alternate mode of transport, change your routine meeting agenda – try an alternate approach to everything.

Trying something new also awakens the conscious mind and makes you a lot more aware in life. As conscious mind is linked to an improvement in emotional intelligence, creativity and productivity, this is a valuable practice to develop.

Associate with the unaccustomed:

Make it a point to stop by and consciously talk to the barista in the coffee shop, vegetable vendors, office attendants, and others in your life who you didn't notice earlier. Volunteer for a noble cause. Find opportunities to network with people you otherwise wouldn't. Their life will enrich yours and over a period of time you will inculcate an attitude of gratitude.

An added advantage of breaking routine is that your relationship skills improve and you become a better team player.

Life is like a kaleidoscope; its true beauty is enjoyed not by keeping it static but by rotating and moving it to display new perspective. Over time, the balance between breaking the routine and following tested ones will enhance your leadership skills while you enjoy the kaleidoscope of life to its fullest. Which is when you notice how the grass is actually greener on your side!

Do you have similar experiences that you can share? I'd love to hear them.