IPMA International Project Management Association
23 November 2016 / 1:15

Optimal experience of a project manager

Working with people implies communication, trade of information’s, doing assignments in a team of different people ect. It can be said that mutual working implies competences for better understanding – bottom to up and on the contrary. People must work together to achieve personal and organizational goals.

IPMA competences for people are based on number of reference documents describing behavior and include the personal attitude elements that were in ICB Version 4 (2015). Competence elements for people which are relevant to project management an in the context of the project management are: self-reflection and self-management, personal integrity and reliability, personal communication, relations and engagement, leadership, teamwork, conflict and crisis, resourcefulness, negotiation and result orientation.

Before a project manager gets his team on the track, first of all, he or she should know how to manage self. The success of his project is not only about technical knowledge, more over it is about finding the right balance between processes and a goal. Like a marathon runner, project manager might feel exhausted while reaching the final line. What is the missing core competence of a project manager who quits before the finishing line? Answer on that is individual, but one thing is general for all. Reaching the optimal experience during the project ensures success. Finding the right meaning in what we do will hold us until the end of our own marathon, life. In new IPMA ICB (2015) you might find interesting ideas how to do it with your self and with your team.

As Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1990) concluded, people must learn to find enjoyment and purpose, regardless of external circumstances. To become happy, we must strive to become independent of the social environment (remember the marathon runner).

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Sandra Misic

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Sandra currently works as Assistant to the IPMA President and Executive Director. Since joining IPMA in 2012, Sandra worked in FMCG sector for Procter&Gamble. She holds Master in Economics from Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb. After graduation she continued at the same University the doctoral programme in Business Economics. Her particular research interest is behavioral economics.