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Editor’s Note
SoumenDe Dear Friends,

Greetings from PMI Bangalore India Chapter!

  PMI Bangalore India Chapter recently concluded the 11th edition of Project Management Practitioners’ Conference (PMPC 2016). The focus of the Conference was "Enterprise Agility..." which resonated with the current mood of the industry. Once again the Conference was a smashing success with delegates and speakers saying nice words about how they enjoyed participating in the Conference.

 

This Conference was managed as a project with detailed planning, risk analysis, cost management, contract management and stakeholders management among other things. One of the important stakeholders of the Conference were the team of volunteers who managed the entire project.  I myself, being a volunteer, it often makes me wonder what makes the volunteers come together to organize this Conference year after year with the same kind of passion and enthusiasm. In a volunteering framework there is no formal power or hierarchical structure, no command and control mechanism, hence they only do volunteering work based on INTRINSIC motivation with no expectation for pleasing their management or for getting some reward and recognition.

This Conference was managed as a project with detailed planning, risk analysis, cost management, contract management and stakeholders management among other things. One of the important stakeholders of the Conference were the team of volunteers who managed the entire project.  I myself, being a volunteer, it often makes me wonder what makes the volunteers come together to organize this Conference year after year with the same kind of passion and enthusiasm. In a volunteering framework there is no formal power or hierarchical structure, no command and control mechanism, hence they only do volunteering work based on INTRINSIC motivation with no expectation for pleasing their management or for getting some reward and recognition.

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With busy lives, it is often hard to find time to volunteer. It is noted that these volunteers look for the higher purpose rather than focus on narrow things. They don't lay bricks; they build a cathedral. They leverage the volunteering opportunity to make friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and take the learnings to advance their career. Volunteering also helps protect their mental and physical health and reduces stress. In our office, we work with the team members who are not volunteers; they are paid staff. So should we get more results from them when compared to getting the same work done from a team of volunteers?  As managers, we usually use a combination of INTRINSIC and EXTRINSIC motivational skills to get the work done. We try to make the team align with the purpose and values of the organization. Usually walking up to them to give a “pat-on-the-back“ or highlighting their accomplishment in leadership forum makes a stronger impact on their motivation compared  to  crediting their salary account with  a small 'award' component.  When we look at any high performing team, like the team on a mission critical project or a team winning the final against its opponent in an Olympic game, we can see that they will be driven more by INTRINSIC motivational factors rather than EXTRINSIC factors. Donning the national flag at the victory podium is what propels them to give their best. INTRINSIC motivators are often the most powerful motivators and we as leaders need to recognize the impact from these motivational factors in getting the best from our team.

 

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
Soumen De, PMP
Sujata Sahu, PMP