Today’s projects become increasingly complex and a test of our leadership. What do you recommend to master this increasing complexity and to show your leadership skills at the same time?
Individuals in the team and the whole team need orientation and guidance or an inspiration how to do so by themselves. Personally, I have found that the philosophy of Zen offers many insights which can help us achieves this. In simple, easy to understand language it outlines avenues to find our lost individual and project identity, overcome burdens and master challenges, reduce complexity and guide us to personal success.
In the fall of 2011 I first created a presentation on this topic for the NASA Project Management Challenge 2012 to which I was invited as a speaker following my first stint in 2011. The presentation “Project Management and Zen” is now available on Slideshare and is free for downloading, sharing, remixing, you name it, as I am publishing it under the Creative Commons agreement.
This presentation introduces 10 Zen insights and translates them into the language of project management. It thus shows how to apply Zen insights in a project setting. Zen can help inspire us personally and how to interact effectively with our team, customers and stakeholders. Applying Zen in projects makes it easier to build teams, perform on a high level and deliver results which delight our customers and teams alike. It thus helps us and the team to evolve into a performing unit and excel.
Please share your stories and experiences about Zen in the world of project management. If you happen to give this presentation anywhere in the world, please let us know.
Upcoming Presentations of “Project Management and Zen”:
November 1, 2012: I will present a modified / updated version of “Project Management and Zen” at the Synergy Project Management Event on November 1, 2012 at the IndigO2 in London, UK. My focus will be on how to achieve a “work-life balance“.
I am happy to announce that Frank French, President of the PMI Frankfurt Chapter, will deliver my presentation “Project Management and Zen” at 2 major project management conferences:
- Nordic Project Zone 2012
November 5-7, 2012; Scandic Sydhavnen, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Project Zone
March 18-19, 2013; Sheraton Airport Hotel, Frankfurt, Germany
Thank you, Frank, for sharing the valuable insights of Project Management and Zen set forth in my presentation and making it available to a larger audience.