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Who/ What motivates a project manager
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It is a known fact that a well motivated team can achieve anything. This assumes that there is a well-motivated project manager that instills enthusiasm into the team. But who / what motivates a project manager ? I would love to know thoughts from this community, what motivates us as project managers
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Indeed a great question, Priya.

A project manager sits between the team and the organization and has to balance requests and capabilities. He/she might feel very lonely and this could be a reason why they look for a community of peers like PMI. At least they are understood there, see the commonalities between companies, learn some tricks and can experience some empathy and respect. This was the main reason I joined PMI 27 years ago.

What motivated me to become a project manager was that I understood that my personal growth is with human interactions, which will be basically the same for my lifetime, so I looked for something stable. Coming from technology, I understood that it will change quickly and I will not be able to use much of my expertise after 20 years, in big contrast to dealing with people.

Any - any - problem in projects, programs and PMOs I solved by talking with people, understanding people and influencing people.
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Aug 04, 2019 11:12 PM
Priya Patra
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Hello Thomas,
PMI Global Conference 2015, was a turning point in my career as a project manager, a time i was going through a low phase. I met such great project managers across the globe, i understood the power of networking and since then learning continues. Truly to say it is in communities like this i have to quote you .. "learned some tricks and have experienced some empathy and respect".Thank you !
Regards,
Priya
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Project Manager gets motivated by two things.
First --- Project manager experiences first hand transformation of team members from a group to committed team players. PM must get motivated by good work of his/her team members.

Second --- Positive impact on client's business.
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I do not agree that a PM must be motivated to get a well motivated team. We are professionals and we need to go for the objective because we accept it then if to motivate the team will help then we need to do that no matter if we, as PM, are motivated or not. Returning to your question the same that is applied to motivate the team could be applied to motivate the PM taking into account the Masslow Pyramid which is the tool I am using from years and it works for me. More about that: the interesting thing, at least for me, is lot of times as a PM I am located in one level on the pyramid while the rest of the team are located on levels too far for me on the top while others are located far from me on the bottom.
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Aug 04, 2019 11:22 PM
Priya Patra
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Thanks Sergio for your response. Maslow's hierarchy of needs it is !
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Priya -

The same sources which inspire others - purpose, autonomy & mastery (if you agree with Daniel Pink).

For some PMs, the purpose might be tied to the variety that comes with managing projects. For others, it might be the opportunity to build a high performing team. And there are always those who see it as a stepping stone to get to a different, more senior role.

Kiron
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Aug 04, 2019 10:54 PM
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Hi Kiron, I agree, Purpose, autonomy and mastery - the three keys to motivation. Unfortunately in this real world, autonomy may be a little elusive. What do you think ?
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A good PM must be self-motivated. It is the essential quality imbedded in the authentic nature of our being. We must be real in other to appreciate and feel motivated by the project moving successfully and even when we encounter some constraints we are still motivated to find solutions to some of our challenges within the project. Through PMI we can bring forward in a forum like and seek to discuss risks, constraints, and solutions to many of the problems and challenges we face on our projects as PM. Our resources are limitless, casting away fears of the unknown and knowing that the universe will deliver our good, we must continue to rely on each other irrespective of where in the universe we reside and work. Remember 7 Keys to Project Leadership:" Be Authentic, Lead with Vision, Improve and Innovate, Empower the Team, Get Close to Stakeholders, Establish a Solid Foundation and Work with Intent." Be Real. When you can not think of a solution. Meditate first. The Universe will deliver the solution.
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Aug 04, 2019 11:26 PM
Priya Patra
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Thank you John for your response. Self motivation is the key, but there could be situations where we might go through a low phase, in that case peers and forums like these keep us going
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A project is normally for a extended period of time and can be away from a project managers home country, their family and friends. As a result a project manager will decide on a project that they are interested in, that is their in their area of expertise and skillset, that will also test them and develop their existing skillset and that they believe they can add value to the project. As a result a project manager goes into the project with the mindset on a positive footing. Seeing a project through to completion especially when you have gone through all the phase of a project is a motivation factor in itself and project managers have a mentality of not going to beaten and of not wanting to fail on a project and the risk of failure is a motivational factor for a project manager.
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2 replies by Daire Guiney and Priya Patra
Aug 04, 2019 10:58 PM
Priya Patra
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Daire, my thoughts resonates with you, for me my projects are like my kids, seeing them going through to completion is a motivation itself.
Aug 05, 2019 4:55 AM
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True, sometime we get so attached to a project it almost becomes as a part of a personality. In order for a project manager to stay motivated about a project then he or she must be truly interested in the project at hand in order maintain a high standard and not just want to see the project over the line.
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Great topic, sounds trivial as most PMs would very much agree with John’s statement ‘a good PM must be self-motivated’, but more importantly getting lifetime support from veteran PMs like this keeps us all going, thank you for bringing this thread Priya! :-)
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Aug 04, 2019 10:43 PM
Priya Patra
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Thank you Suzi for your response. Self motivation is the key, but there has been times in my career where a little support/ push helped me to continue on this journey. A lifetime support from veteran PMs and a community like this gears me up for the next challenge :)
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Aug 04, 2019 4:05 PM
Replying to Suzi MS
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Great topic, sounds trivial as most PMs would very much agree with John’s statement ‘a good PM must be self-motivated’, but more importantly getting lifetime support from veteran PMs like this keeps us all going, thank you for bringing this thread Priya! :-)
Thank you Suzi for your response. Self motivation is the key, but there has been times in my career where a little support/ push helped me to continue on this journey. A lifetime support from veteran PMs and a community like this gears me up for the next challenge :)
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Aug 11, 2019 12:38 PM
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Great thanks Priya and everyone! :-)
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Aug 03, 2019 5:34 PM
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Priya -

The same sources which inspire others - purpose, autonomy & mastery (if you agree with Daniel Pink).

For some PMs, the purpose might be tied to the variety that comes with managing projects. For others, it might be the opportunity to build a high performing team. And there are always those who see it as a stepping stone to get to a different, more senior role.

Kiron
Hi Kiron, I agree, Purpose, autonomy and mastery - the three keys to motivation. Unfortunately in this real world, autonomy may be a little elusive. What do you think ?
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Aug 04, 2019 5:15 AM
Replying to Daire Guiney
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A project is normally for a extended period of time and can be away from a project managers home country, their family and friends. As a result a project manager will decide on a project that they are interested in, that is their in their area of expertise and skillset, that will also test them and develop their existing skillset and that they believe they can add value to the project. As a result a project manager goes into the project with the mindset on a positive footing. Seeing a project through to completion especially when you have gone through all the phase of a project is a motivation factor in itself and project managers have a mentality of not going to beaten and of not wanting to fail on a project and the risk of failure is a motivational factor for a project manager.
Daire, my thoughts resonates with you, for me my projects are like my kids, seeing them going through to completion is a motivation itself.
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