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Murali Santhanam, PMP

Murali Santhanam presently holds the position of Honorary Secretary & Treasurer of PMI Bangalore India Chapter. He has 32 years of experience in Banking, Technology, Project Management and Business Management. He presently works for IBM as a Senior Consultant. One of the earliest proponents of PMI and Project Management in India, he obtained PMP Certification in 1998 and also obtained additional Project Management Certifications from IBM. He played a key role in building the project management profession consisting of over 4000 project managers within IBM in India. He has been associated with the PMI Bangalore India Chapter as a volunteer right from its inception and had associated himself with some of the programs.

He is also a Photography Enthusiast and sets aside some time during the week for photographing nature, wildlife, architecture and landscapes. He along with his friends in a group called Vismaya, recently conducted a Photo Exhibition and Sale for raising funds for HCG foundation to treat cancer patients. His works can be seen on his web-site http://muralisanthanam.com

Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get energized whenever I find older people working with a high level of enthusiasm and purpose. It tells me that life needs to be lived purposefully till it ceases. Technical skills or project management skills. Which is important and why? This is like saying whether husband is important in family or the wife. They complement each other and projects will fail when either of the skills is absent.

What is your description of an effective team work?
When unstated tasks are completed without having to tell; When a team member gets willing help without asking for it; When team feels collectively and equally proud about the outcomes; When there is more ‘We’s than ‘I’s in communications.

PMI Volunteering, Professional commitment, Personal commitment – How do you balance the three?
Whenever I think that all these are commitments accepted by me on my own free will, the burden becomes less. When there is pressure on one side, I know that I can count on help from the others to fill the gap.

A good manager has to be also a good leader – your thoughts
Leadership is like a personal trait, your character. A good leader will have a more fulfilling experience in every walk of life, be it personal, professional or managerial.

The greatest project management lesson you have learnt
a) You, and you alone, as a project manager stand between success and failure of a project
b) To be able to see what is coming you must detach yourself from doing things yourself
c) Your actions are magnified by equivalent responses from the team An accomplishment, professional or personal that you cherish and like to share with us
By the time, this hits the press, the Vismaya team, which I am a part of would have held the first Photography Exhibition for the cause of helping cancer patients. This would stay with us for some time to come.

Tell us your hobbies, or things you are passionate about
Taking Photographs, Fixing what is broken, Listening to Music, Traveling to places and Reading Books

Murali Santhanam, PMP