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Workplace Matters’ Chairman reveals spirituality’s place in project management
The importance of developing a workforce’s spiritual intelligence as well as its intellectual and emotional abilities is set out in three programmes recently uploaded to the PM Channel, a television channel specialising in project management.
“For successful project management – as for success in other areas of organisational life – you need to create a caring environment that draws out underlying wisdom and releases energy,” said Alan.
“Many people feel that their work isn’t valued and that work itself has lost its value – and, with this has come a growing desire to find work where people can be themselves in body, mind and spirit.”
“Research – such as that by Gallup - shows that there’s a strong link between employee engagement, motivation and productivity. It suggests that financial results will be better, customers delighted and staff will thrive where the organisation can find the right balance between two management paradigms: the dominant economic – which is finance-based, rational and controlling - and the emerging social paradigm based around relationships, ethics and inspiration.”
In the programmes, Alan, who is also Chairman of the APM Group; a former teacher on the MSc in Project Management programme at Cranfield University, and – with Dr Judi Neal of the University of Arkansas, director of the Center for Faith and Spirit at Work - the co-author of a book, called ‘The Spirit of Project Management’, explains:
• Spirituality in Project Management - ‘spirituality’;
• The Church of Scotland and Programme Management – with special reference to a project involving the Church of Scotland, the key stage when an organisation recognises the need to change and stops doing ‘more of the same’.
• Tackling Impossible Programmes - why some of the most crucial development programmes struggle to get going.
These, along with two further programmes, are available on The PM Channel (www.thepmchannel.com)
About Alan Harpham
Alan Harpham is Chairman of the APM Group with a portfolio of pro-bono interests. He is a former director of P5 – the Power of Projects and was managing director of Nichols Associates and taught on the MSc in Project Management at Cranfield University. Before that Alan was a civil engineer with John Laing. He is a former Council member of the APM. He has written about programme and project management and spirituality in the workplace and is looking to combine these two topics. He has written a book – The Spirit of Project Management, co-authored by Dr Judi Neal of the University of Arkansas, director of the Center for Faith and Spirit at Work.
About Workplace Matters (http://www.workplacematters.org.uk/
Workplace Matters (WM) is an ecumenical charity which takes Christian values into the workplace. Among its chief activities is supplying Workplace Chaplaincy. Workplace Chaplaincy provides expertise in pastoral and spiritual care in the workplace regardless of faith or gender to all employees. The basic principle of chaplaincy is to provide an independent and confidential “listening ear” encouragement and mutual support to all employees. It is a unique personal level of support that is impossible to get anywhere else. WM networks with a range of faith groups and networks and recognises that faith is deeply entwined with every aspect of community and working life.
Further information from:
Alison Crookes, Workplace Matters, 01727 818144, workplacematters@
Bob Little, Bob Little Press & PR, 01727 860405, firstname.lastname@example.org