2019 Sponsorship Opportunities

    Dear Valued PMI Houston Sponsor: 

    The PMI Houston Chapter would like to thank you for your continued support over the years. As we prepare for another great year of PM events, we would like to welcome your organization's participation in our 2019 Chapter and Conference sponsorship program. We invite you to review our offerings for 2019 and pre-register for our 2019 Chapter Sponsorship and or 2019 Conference and Expo. 

    Our Key Benefits for Early Registration include:

    • Early exposure in our PMIH monthly publications and website reaching our 4000+ members
    • Opportunity to secure booth placements and speaking opportunity in advance
    • Continuation of your company's logo placement on our Chapter website 

     

    Please find our Sponsorship Value Program for 2019 updated on our website for you to review. 

    We look forward to an exciting year of growth with you as our partners. As part of providing support, a member of our sponsorship program will reach out to you in the upcoming weeks to provide more information on our offerings and answer any questions you may have on our 2019 events and benefits. 

    In the meantime should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to one our sponsorship team members as provided below:

    PMI Sponsorship Leadership Team

    Carla Callum

    Director of Sponsorship

    pmic.sponsors@pmihouston.org

     

    Svranthi Jonnalagadda

    Sponsorship Account Manager

    accountmanager3@pmihouston.org

    For further information or early registration, please visit our Sponsorship page 

    We look forward to working with you in 2019!

    WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION – Why is collaboration important?

    By Paula Arthur

    Today’s workplace is challenged by the high demands of market conditions,  economics, culture, and intense competition. How we communicate professionally is a critical element in order to be successful. Work environments are transforming to keep pace with international trade, technology, and global production all while retaining a highly skilled workforce. The dynamics of culture cannot be ignored. Culture directly impacts how well we communicate and work together in teams.

    How can professionals collaborate in a diverse workplace? The world we live in is a blend of many nationalities and subcultures that must learn how to effectively communicate and collaborate in business and education. Industry demands more attention to developing a relevant perspective and also capturing a multicultural audience. One person cannot do this alone.

    Collaboration is a process of two or more people working together to meet a common goal or positive outcome. Team collaboration continues to increase in the workplace. According to Hansen, benefits of collaboration include innovation, creative problem solving, operational efficiency, agility, and customer satisfaction. Working in teams can be effective if done right. Research indicates that nine out of ten business professionals produce documents as a part of a team (Cohen). One solution is to combine experiences to create more cohesive groups.

    In the past, society has conditioned us to promote individual performance in order to achieve success. We do not pay attention to other cultures enough. Therefore, we remain unaware of how connected culture is to the root of communication. Culture influences how we approach problems, and how we participate in our communities. Some authors believe that while participating in groups, we are often surprised at how differently people approach their work together. This is a challenge with team-based performance. Blanding summarizes this thought well, “I’ve always been fascinated by how culture changes the way people interact and innovate, and how collaboration is affected by intercultural relationships and intercultural trust” (2). Expectations affect how the world communicates. Communication styles are tricky - driving awareness of six patterns of cultural differences:

    1. Different Communications Styles
    2. Different Attitudes Toward Conflict
    3. Different Approaches to Completing Tasks
    4. Different Decision-Making Styles
    5. Different Attitudes Toward Disclosure
    6. Different Approaches to Knowing

    Marya Axner is an author who offers insight into cross-cultural communication. He believes that in some cultures it is not appropriate, to be frank about emotions, about reasons behind a conflict or a misunderstanding, or about personal information. Human behavior often dictates the tone, intention and expectations of one’s voice and writing style. The primary areas to develop cultural competence include increasing awareness, knowledge,  sensitivity, and understanding.  Although different experiences, roles, and personalities exist, collaborative groups are the inclusive new norm.

    Language barriers are the most obvious challenge faced by project teams in the workplace. If we cannot understand one another, how can we communicate? Challenges may lead people to revisit another’s perspective and behavior. The difficult moments offer the best lessons in life.

    Although translators are responsible for deciphering words, emotions, and body language, they do not always deliver a clear message. Some messages are always lost in translation.

    Virtual communication places significantly more structural, interpersonal, and cognitive demands on individual team members.  It requires constant attention and long-term commitment. Future training should focus on real-life work experience. Case studies are one thing, but practical application is more important to demonstrate a realistic approach. Cross-cultural collaboration is improved by developing a communication plan following these guidelines:

    • Create basic communication ground rules
    • Be prepared for a conversation or verbal exchange
    • Understand your culture and have respect for other cultures
    • Develop relationships built on trust
    • Be patient with others


    Collaboration improves communication by simply exposing us to other cultures. By joining professional groups and attending industry conferences in new cities also provides other opportunities. Tin Brownlee agrees by stating if the focus remains on the common goal and equal power for everyone involved, the collaboration will have a great chance of success. Collaboration is a relevant method to unite a diverse workforce. We just need to have the conversation. Professionals and educators should begin to focus more on problem-solving and conflict resolution.

    Collaboration benefits everyone in the workplace. Furthermore, cooperation promotes sensitivity, knowledge transfer, and improves communication. I invite your teams to give collaboration a chance to improve team performance.