Addressing the legacy of generation “W” (wise), part 6
This blog article is part of a series of interviews of persons that have shaped the International Project Management Association during the past 50 years, by Amin Saidoun. Interview with Professor Quian Fupei, past Vice-President of IPMA, past President of Project Management Research Committee of China (PMRC) and Honorary Fellow of IPMA.
Professor Quian Fupei, how long have you been working with/for IPMA in various forms?
In 1992, I was invited to attend the IPMA World Congress in Florence, which was my first-time contact with IPMA. Therefore, I have been working with IPMA for 27 years. From 2005 to 2010 I was Vice-President of IPMA and now I am the Chairman of IPMP China Certification Committee and also the oldest assessor of Chinese certification body in China.
What were the 5 biggest achievements you remember you contributed to IPMA in your various functions?
- Introducing the IPMA four the 4 level certification system in China
- Introducing International Project Excellence Awards in China
- Building a bridge between the China Construction Industry Association and IPMA
- Promoting the development of China Young Crew
- Under the one-China principle, helping Taiwan Project Management Association, China joins IPMA as a member association
What was IPMA’s biggest challenge when you were President and what did you learn from it?
Due to the international diversity of IPMA, IPMA was to address different political, language and geographical challenges. We should learn how to deal with these issues in the best possible manner and respect different cultures.
If you could be doing anything right now about IPMA, what would it be? Why?
I would continue to promote China’s and IPMA’s project management competence to a broader international stage, for example along with the new Silk Road initiative. This would be done in particular in all related countries and organizations concerned by this initiative. This, in turn, would increase the visibility of IPMA even further.
If you had to choose only one goal for IPMA to achieve what would it be?
I would recommend accelerating the coordinated development of project management in different countries and regions. IPMA is a big family. With a regional approach, I think it IPMA would increase its impact and ease the implementation of all its products and services.
What is the one thing that made you upset about IPMA?
Today the new version of the Individual Competence Baseline 4.0 is not flexible enough for modification. I suggest that different countries can reserve some rights for modification in light of their actual situation and the context they live in.
What is your favourite movie/story? Why?
I like adventure movies and stories because I like travelling.
What is on your list of personal values? Why?
Since I pay a lot of attention to the growth of young people and our next generation，I value more about ethics, motivation and morality.
If money was not an issue, what would you do? Why?
I think I can invest a lot of money in the career development of as many people as possible.
What is the best lesson or moment of insight that you have received while being with IPMA?
- Learning English seriously
- Becoming more conscious and thinking highly about physical health
What is one thing that you should do differently today?
Today I would study more and harder and analyse things more than I did until now
What is your list of important questions that you would like to find answers to?
How can a successful project continue to maintain its vitality, rather than remain like an old saying in China: “The Monkey Moves Corns”, move one corn and lose another corn at the same time.
What gets you the most excited in life?
Seeing that team members are thriving and improving in doing their jobs.
What moment in your life are you the proudest of? Why? How can you duplicate more of these moments?
I have contributed myself to the International Project Management Association, Project Management Research Committee, and Chinese Young Crew. Today these organizations continue to develop very well. Recently I have led the compilation of “project” in Chinese, and I hope that this system can be implemented.
What is the one thing that you are most scared of doing? Is it because it is wrong or because it scares you to a high degree?
In my youth, I was scared because I was not able to perceive/see the future, and I felt helpless and sorry for the disappearance of life in front of my eyes. This was a kind of pain and experience in my life and like everybody, I had to overcome this pain.
Are you more concerned with today or tomorrow? Why?
I’m more concerned about today. Because today can be grasped by yourself, and you can do/change things through your efforts.
What is the most important question that IPMA needs to ask itself?
Since IPMA is a non-for profit international association, there are different ways of living, politics, beliefs and cultures among its different members. How to properly handle the challenges related to these differences is a question that IPMA needs to address regularly.
What are five things that you know that IPMA should be doing now?
- Establish actively communication and contacts with other international organizations (Examples: UNESCO and ISO)
- Respect cultural differences between members from different regions
- Provide a short paper summary material (including the next year’s conference & meeting notice) for elder honorary fellows and mail them these materials
- Use key figures of IPMA’s members and make them available on the website
- Continue to expand and advocate IPMA.
What is your favourite quote?
It is a poem from the Tang Dynasty: ”莫道桑榆晚，为霞尚满天”. It means never say that a person is too old to make great achievements.
What is the one fear that IPMA should work on overcoming this year? Why and how?
For example, the recent Sino-US Trade War has caused tensions between China and the United States. And International Management Championships in Asia and the Middle East will be held in Iran this year. As an international non-for profit organization, the question raised is how IPMA should deal with this kind of political issue? For such problems, IPMA should stand up and echo its position.
If you could give a lot of something, what would it be? Why?
I have contributed myself and dedicated my efforts for the development of project management throughout my life. As this is what I can do best, I am willing to continue to offer my experience in this area and exchange thoughts and ideas with people.
Professor Quian Fupei, many thanks for this interview.