30 BEYOND BRIC
* Nigeria, Chile, Poland and Vietnam are poised to become the next group of emergent economies with the most opportunities for project management.
Project managers working in these developing nations face many risks, including political instability, lack of financing, talent gaps and an unfamiliarity with the profession.
36 INTELLIGENT DESIGN
* Around the world, utility companies are launching projects to replace an aging power infrastructure with smart grids designed to use energy more efficiently.
Utility companies tend to be wary of new technology, so smart-grid project managers hould proceed at a cautious pace.
Security must be part of a smart-grid project plan from day one. Not adequately communicating the benefits of smart grids to end-users could result in project failure.
46 AIR OF AUTHORITY
* Project managers don’t always have a great deal of official authority over team members. Project managers should tryto forge relationships with team members and uncover their motivations. Rewards, recognition and appreciation are often-overlooked tools for building credibility with team members.
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—PG. 50, JOE REED, PhD, J.R. TRAINING INC.,
LANSDALE, PENNSYLVANIA, USA
52 CENTER OF THE ACTION
* The Irish government is looking to a new convention center to anchor a neighborhood revitalization in Dublin.
Multiple stakeholders in the private-public partnership project required a great deal of communication as well as compromise.
Use of a special cement and other sustainability efforts helped the center earn its status as Ireland’s first carbon-neutral state building.
58 SCHOLARLY PURSUITS
* Real-life project experience, as well as a doctorate, can help a practitioner make the switch to professor.
The reward in teaching is not necessarily the pay but in sharing expertise with a new generation of project managers.
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62 REMOTE CONTROL
* Technology, particularly smartphones, makes it easier for project managers to stay in touch with colleagues and clients from the road.
Organizations must give project managers working out of the office the authority to make decisions.
Project managers working virtually should try to find ways to maintain creativity and a sense of team camaraderie.