In order to better evaluate a career in project management consulting, one should first step back and understand the different types of PM consultant roles. In this second installment in a series of three, we discuss the pros and cons of the firm-based project management consultant--and how they can enhance an organization's strategy.
Philanthropy is, in many cases, what project managers do every day. If we are honest about ourselves and our teams, we will recognize that giving our time to make life easier for our teams and customers is the normal business of a project manager. But how can we meaningfully reflect on ourselves?
All of us have the ability to give freely of our knowledge in a corporate setting. Is that what some organizations would consider to be true knowledge philanthropy? How can we extend this concept to our working lives?
Project management develops a strong skill set in communication, organization, planning, goal setting and leadership. All of these can be applied to help individuals and organizations improve the way they operate and approach challenges.
Is the vision millennials have of ideal employment truly unique to their generation? What can an organization do to attract and retain them? Creating an organization that is friendly to volunteers may be the answer.
Saving the world is a heavy undertaking. That's probably why many of us leave it to the superheroes of cartoon and screen to take on. Or the men and women of the armed forces, taking on the impossible while wearing blue berets. Whatever your preferred form of superhero, real or imagined, it probably isn't you. But maybe it's time to go get a cape...
Want to volunteer but not sure how you’ll fit it in? There’s more time in your project schedule than you think. Stop thinking about philanthropic activities as “extra” and start thinking of them as valuable team-building events.
To enhance your management and leadership skills as a nonprofit project manager, take the time to understand the reasons that can affect a person's volunteer behavior--or cause dissatisfaction and disillusionment--before assigning volunteers project work.
For project managers, helping others with your expertise can be a very rewarding experience--and you don't need 20 years of experience to have an impact. Here are five top reasons for helping others by using your PM skills.
Many organizations encourage and support philanthropy, but how do you maximize the benefit? Corporate models that go beyond just sponsorship may form the basis of something more substantial that PMs and their teams can get involved with.
What beats giving money to charity and non-profit organizations? How about giving your time? Many non-profit organizations lack the funds needed to hire qualified PM professionals yet need help across the project management landscape. You can answer that need by volunteering your time to causes that are important to you.
This Telephone Reference Check Template will help you checking references in a consistent way, asking the same questions of each former employer/reference so that you have comparative data to work with at the end of the process.