President's Letter: September 2020

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President's Letter: September 2020

LaToshia Norwood, PMP

2020 PMI Houston, President

We kicked off this year with several BOLD promises and am I so proud to share that we delivered on each one of them. Yes, even during a global pandemic, our all-star Board of Directors and amazing volunteers haven’t skipped a beat. Our team has been working to make magic happen all year and, now, is working to deliver our annual PMI Houston Conference & Expo virtually. While we’ll miss seeing each of you, giving random high fives, flossing our industry badges, and taking impromptu pictures, we are super excited to deliver compelling sessions and workshops featuring dynamic speakers representing diverse industries.  

Listen, I know that I’m preaching to the choir here, but project management transcends all. Project Managers are extraordinarily valuable, and project management strategies on being used to launch, manage, and deliver multi-billion-dollar projects every day, and we intend to let the whole world know it. How? Glad you asked! We’ve identified industry experts who are willing to share “how” from a multitude of industries like Aviation, Construction, Innovation, Transportation, and Healthcare to name of few.

So, if you have not done so already, do yourself a favor and register for the conference today. I promise you’ll regret it if you don’t. Don’t worry… you’ll still be able to network with other professionals, flex your professional muscles, and earn PDUs. We can’t wait to see you and give you a virtual high five!

August 2020: President's Message

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Project Management Isn't...

LaToshia Norwood, PMP

President, PMI Houston

Project Management Isn't...

...just a strategy that's used at the office. Project management is a methodology that offers an essential toolkit of strategies that can be used for managing real-life projects too. 

In just a few short weeks, students and teachers will transition into new and uncharted territory, full-time virtual learning, a real-life project. While some are indifferent about the transition, others are terrified. Teachers will bare the responsibility of planning lessons that fill knowledge gaps, facilitating interactive lessons virtually for students with varied learning styles, capabilities, and in some cases meeting the needs of students with disabilities. Students, on the other hand, will be responsible for managing multiple classes "projects" at home with limitless distractions, which will be impossible to do without a healthy dose of discipline and time management. 

Do you know what I'm getting at? I hope you do. It's time for YOU to jump into the game! 


I'm glad you asked. Seek opportunities to teach and share project management strategies. What may be second nature or common knowledge for you, will be a game-changer for those who aren't as familiar with project management.


Great question. Virtually of course. Create a FREE Zoom, WebEX or Teams account and you're ready to go.


Yet another great question! Start with your family, friends, neighbors, and church members. Let them know that you're a project management expert and would you'd like to share a few strategies to help them prepare for the upcoming school year.


You're on a roll. There's no better time than NOW. Schools are scheduled to open in the next few weeks, so that gives you ample time to plan, schedule, and launch your FREE project management training.

What's in it for you? 

Can you say PDUs? Yes, PMI awards project management professionals (PMPs) with PDUs for teaching and presenting project management strategies.

Are there any resources available?

Yes! There are a ton of FREE resources that are available for download on the PMI Educational Foundation website.

Are you up for the challenge?

I am and I hope you are too! Honestly, I really want to PMI Houston to create a movement. Together we can share the gift of project management. We can become the hub that companies, practitioners, and PMP hopefully rely on. If you're in, post a note in the comments section below. I would love to post and share your story and let the project management community know just how awesome you are. 

Quote of the Month

"Nothing can stop the power of a committed and determined people to make a difference in our society. Why? Because human beings are the most dynamic link to the divine on this planet." - John Lewis

July 2020: President's Message

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Listen. Learn. Lead.

LaToshia Norwood, PMP

2020 PMI Houston President

Do you hear that? Do you feel it? I do, and it's pretty loud and clear. It's the call for TRUE leadership. It's time! Are you listening? What have you learned? Are you ready to lead? 

These last few months have forced me to change. No, I'm not talking about a pause or pivot; I mean real change. My eyes are wide open and I looking to see how others respond and embrace diversity. My ears are open, and I want to hear the voices that have been silenced for far too long. My hands are open, and I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work. 

Did you know that every year top meteorologists plot and plan for the known unknowns and the unknown unknowns? Yes, they do. It's what we project managers call risk planning. In addition, they also produce an Emergency Preparedness Guide to help the citizens learn how to protect themselves and their families against all types of hazards. Well, guess what? We as project management leaders must do the same for our teams. It is our responsibility to forecast and to do our due diligence to make sure our teams are prepared for the season ahead. 

I've included a few resources you can use to tap into and/or tune-up your leadership skills.

Listen, learn ... then lead

Retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal


Personality Test

Leaders should know their strengths and weaknesses. Do you know yours? Take the test, have your team do the same, and discuss the results. It only takes 10 minutes, but it’s so worth it.


10 Steps To Effective Listening

  1. Face the speaker and maintain eye contact.
  2. Be attentive, but relaxed.
  3. Keep an open mind.
  4. Listen to the words and try to picture what the speaker is saying.
  5. Don't interrupt and don't impose your "solutions."
  6. Wait for the speaker to pause to ask clarifying questions.
  7. Ask questions only to ensure understanding.
  8. Try to feel what the speaker is feeling.
  9. Give the speaker regular feedback.
  10. Pay attention to what isn't said—to nonverbal cues.

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