What is the colour of the chameleon?

One of my earlier posts was about the concern ‘what will happen to you, if you keep changing to adjust with the environment?’. Some of the readers disagreed with me, and responded by portraying the ability to mesh well with the environment as a great quality, to be successful in the global project teams of today. Yesterday I clicked this chameleon, and his colour is same is as the tree trunk, which made me think of the original colour of the chameleon?. What is the original colour of the chameleon?.

Being a manager in the outsourcing capital of the world, not only the scope of the project is defined by the customer, but how to do it is also dictated by the customer very often. If the customer is from U.K, he may ask for PRINCE2. If they are from else where, they may ask for PMP. Request for agile (scrum) can come from any where, if the client believes in results than reports. Can the manager from the supplier’s side be successful, without understanding all these frameworks?. The answer is ‘No’. One good thing is, when we go in depth, we realise that the foundations of every project management framework is the same, and revolves around plan, do, check and act or plan, do, study and act. How fast we do it, and how we approach fast failures determines the framework.

Ability to change colours, without loosing one’s true colours is truly a strength.

Here is a photograph captured with my lumix fz200.

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Blame it on poor judgment

Today was the much awaited brahmachari oath day of my friend’s son Suryanarayana. So far I never attended a similar event in the past. Even though I was down with fever, I mustered enough energy to pack my canon 550d, tokina wide angle to take a couple of shots of the traditionally rich environments. I took my lumix fz200 to capitalize it’s low light capabilities expecting vivid plays of shades as the Hindu ceremonies are rich with fire and smoke. When I reached the venue it was a modern building and stage was brightly lit, denying every opportunity for shadow effect. The canon was handling the situation better and unfortunately I had only the wide angle lens with very little zooming capabilities. A reality check would have helped. Atleast I should have carried the canon zoom lens also with me. Will this fall under risk response planning and contingency planning?. However it is a missed opportunity. I will never make the same mistake again. Here is a reasonably good photograph from the ceremony.

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Networking

One of the key tools for identifying the right human resources for your project is through networking. One has to reach out to the places where talent is available. Very often we will not find them in job sites. One of the key qualities of successful sales professionals is networking. They have contacts every where, which is built over a period of time at the golf grounds or rugby fields or while trekking or while travelling. Successful managers also inherit this trait of reaching out to others and establishing reliable contacts over a period of time. As per the project management body of knowledge, 90 percentage of the project manager’s time goes into communication. This is very much true. As humans, with who do we communicate the most?. I always love to communicate with the people whom I like. I do not like to communicate with people whom I do not like. So, ultimately what is that key quality required to become a successful manager?. One must like people. The manager must realise that he is only as good as his team. This is a fact of managerial life. If the team do not like the manager, the easiest solution is to change the manager. If the manager do not like the team, still the easiest solution is to change the manager. So, contrary to the conventional thinking, a manager is terribly dependent on his team. When people introduce them selves as ‘I manage a team of ten’ then inside me, I just laugh, because actually a team of ten is managing him. In order to build a great team, one must constantly reach out to talented people

When I composed this photograph last week using my lumix fz200 camera, the word which rhymed in my mind was ‘reach out’. Hope you are enjoying. Good day.

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