ROI: Connecting Talk
By Michelle LaBrosse
a lot of talk about ROI, the infamous return on investment. The
question is how can you personally generate ROI in your own life?
The first step is to expand your concept of what capital is. It is
not just financial. There are five kinds of capital.
matter what we do for a living, we each can grow all five kinds of
capital in our lives. Let’s look at each kind of capital from a
Project Management perspective.
You help other people on your team get the funding for their
projects and for training they need to expand their PM capabilities
and credentials. You do a payback analysis on a project, and you
focus on ways to use less money, and get better results by doing
better Project Management.
You bring mentees to PMI®
meetings or industry events to help them develop their PM skills.
You focus on your bench and your connections. You use social media
like LinkedIn and Facebook to reconnect with people and share
valuable info with others. You help people in your network develop
more capabilities by their association with your projects.
You leverage your and your team members’ knowledge to most
effectively complete the project work. You develop your
capabilities by volunteering with various organizations that you
care about to help you improve your skills. You’re always looking
for ways to expand your capabilities.
You reflect on what projects you’ve done that position you well for
the next opportunity. You personally build your own brand by
cultivating a reputation of “can do” and “get it done.” You
understand a project’s impact on the reputation of you, your team,
department and company.
If you need a PDA to stay better connected or a laptop at home, you
go for it. You invest in the tools you need to be successful. At
work, you assess what equipment, facilities or tools you need and
don’t have. You figure out how to get them. When you hitch
your wagon to a star, it looks like this:
from Concern to Influence:
As Stephen Covey
explained in his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective
People, you need to move from a focus on concern to a focus of
influence. When you focus on concern, you are looking only at all
the reasons you can’t do something or why something is difficult.
When you focus on influence, instead you are asking, how can I use
my five sources of capital to get this job done?
Focused on what you can
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