March 30, 2016 by FlexPro
If you’re inclined to believe in karma like I do, you can probably think of a few examples where you know it played a part. While I don’t think any of us deliberately wish harm on others, it can be a little satisfying when we see someone get a dose of their own medicine. Maybe it’s seeing the guy who cut you off at the intersection get pulled over by the police, or watching the snowplow bury the neighbors car after he dug out and dumped his snow on your car. I definitely believe it’s the universes way of evening things out. By definition karma is” the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.” Wikipedia also goes on to define karma as, “the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect).”
I’m a firm believer in the idea that “what goes around, comes around”, and that “we reap what we sow” It’s the good karma that especially interests me because I’d like to think I’m a good person, I associate with good people and I wish good things to all of those I care about. I recently came across an article in Inc. written by Bill Murphy Jr. titled, “10 Selfless Ways to Build Good Karma and Generate Happiness“. (http://www.inc.com/bill-murphy-jr/10-selfless-ways-to-build-good-karma-and-generate-happiness.html) In the article Murphy discusses what he calls “strategic unselfishness”. Essentially, he’s come up with 10 ideas that we can incorporate into our lives that can unselfishly help others, and make us feel great too. Hence good karma! While all ten are worth reading about, I’ve picked out my top few favorites because they spoke to me in regards to project management as well. Here are my top three of Bill Murphy Jr’s. suggestions:
Compliment someone. Don’t be afraid to tell a team member they did a great job. Let them know you recognize their value and appreciate their efforts. Maybe they stayed late or worked over the weekend to meet a deadline, or pulled together a presentation that was sprung on them at the last minute. Don’t assume they know you think they went above and beyond. Tell them!
Offer thanks. This goes right along with the compliment. A friend recently told me about a simple gesture of thanks from her boss. He gave her a thank-you note and gift card for a local restaurant for coming in during a blizzard to help with a critical area. It was heartfelt and sincere and it made her feel appreciated. Just because someone is “just doing their job” doesn’t mean they don’t deserve to be recognized for doing it well.
Listen. Sometimes the greatest gift we can offer our team is to truly listen to what they have to say. Building long term relationships is one of the keys to success in project management, and you won’t do that without listening!
So much of what we do as PM’s is about how we manage people, not just projects. The people I have the pleasure of working with are the best part of my job and I think it’s important, as a project manager (or any kind of manager for that matter), to always look for new ways to motivate and inspire them. Treat people the way you want to be treated because in the end you get what you give. And that, my friends, is good karma!
-Lynn Faughey, FlexPro COO