PM Essence
Editor’s Note
SoumenDe Dear Friends,

Greetings from PMI Bangalore India Chapter!

On Monday, 7th March 2016, in an impromptu but meticulously orchestrated press conference, the most charismatic and world's highest-earning female sports person Maria Sharapova, announced that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open in January 2016. At the press conference she announced she tested positive for a recently banned substance called meldonium. She claimed that it was an innocent mistake: On the recommendation of her physician, she had been taking meldonium for the last decade because of abnormal E.K.G. readings and concerns about possibly incipient diabetes. She noted that meldonium, which is known to increase oxygen uptake and endurance, had only become a banned substance as of January 1 of this year and said that she had neglected to open the e-mail from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announcing that it was now prohibited. The financial impact? Porsche and two other sponsors, Nike and Tag Heuer, suspended their relationships with her. Tag Heuer, says it will not renew its soon-to-expire contract with her.

The bigger impact?  She diluted her credibility earned through passion and professionalism over her long career in tennis. But do we give Sharapova the benefit of doubt as it was a mere 'oversight'? But then it is hard to believe that no one taking care of her brand and physical training including the player herself ignored to take cognizance of the WADA list. She could have proactively reached out the authorities and explained her situation.

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We all know integrity and credibility are bedrock of any successful professional. If we have integrity and credibility our hard work will fetch sustainable results. People or the team we are leading will listen to us and provide us whole hearted support. In our work it is always very tempting to cross the veiled “line” either because no one is watching or because the 'normal' process is perceived to be tedious and time taking.
It is during those situation that our test of integrity and character stands exposed. We have seen people taking short cuts with income tax return, compliance with data security policy, expense bills and incurring disciplinary action and loss of credibility later. C. S Lewis had rightly pointed out  that “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching” and who will not agree with Warren Buffet when he had famously said “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently”. As Project Managers, this episode only reinforces the importance of doing things with integrity and being aware of changing ground rules and policies that might impact us if we do not proactively act on them.
Happy Reading!

Thanks and Best Wishes,

Soumen De, PMP
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Editorial Board
Murali Santhanam, PMP
Namita Gupta, PMP, PMI-ACP
Rama K., PMP, PMI-ACP
Shikha Vaidh, PMP, PMI-ACP
Sujata Sahu, PMP